Friday, April 29, 2011

Last Night on Earth....Brrrraiinnns!

Just got a new board game in stock here at Chat Noir Books called "Last Night On Earth":

Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game is a survival horror board game that pits small-town Heroes head-to-head against a limitless horde of Zombies (players can play on the Hero team or as the Zombies). A modular board randomly determines the layout of the town at the start of each game and there are several different scenarios to play, adding lots of replayability. Fast Paced Game Play with Easy To Learn rules allows players to jump right into the action, while Strategic Depth and Strong Cooperative Play keeps the game interesting.

To achieve a horror movie feel, all of the art for the game is photographic and the game comes with a CD Soundtrack of original music.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

HBO looks to pick up Gaiman's American Gods

HBO "has begun talks" to acquire Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, which the network hopes to develop into a fantasy series, reported, noting that the "project was brought to HBO by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and it was brought to them by Robert Richardson. The plan is for Richardson and Gaiman to write the pilot together."

About the Book:

Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.

Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.

He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...

About the Author:

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

One Day by David Nicholls movie this summer

I just heard that they've made a movie out of one of my favorite books of last year. One Day by David Nicholls. Check out more about the movie here and more about the book here

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anishnaabe World wins Ontario Library Services--North (OLS-N) Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award

This is a great book that everyone should read!!

Anishnaabe World: A Guide for Building Bridges Between Canada and First Nations, by Roger Spielmann, won the Ontario Library Services--North (OLS-N) Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for Non-fiction. Roger will accept the award at the annual banquet, Wednesday May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in Sudbury.

Congratulations Roger Spielmann!

About the Book:

n every walk of Canadian life—from business to education to the everyday—the reality is that increasingly you will be in contact with Anishnaabe World. Knowing something about Aboriginal people and their reality not only gives you an advantage over those who don’t, it’s just plain polite in this country now called Canada.

In the spirit of Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor and Tomson Highway, Roger Spielmann’s Anishnaabe World is an irreverent, teasing, hilarious, yet cross-culturally astute “Survival Guide” for Canadians increasingly aware of our country’s chequered past relations between Natives and non-Natives. Chief Ovide Mercredi says “I challenge the reader to really listen to what Roger Spielmann’s saying.”

About the Author:

Roger Spielmann, Ph.D., from Sudbury, is an Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Sudbury (federated with Laurentian University), where he has taught since 1990. Though he is non-Native, he lived for 11 years in the Algonquin community of Pikogan (1979-1990) where he was involved in a number of research, teaching and curriculum projects and was fortunate to become conversationally fluent in the Algonquin language. From 1983-1990 he served as the Coordinator of the Algonquin Language and Culture Program at Amo Ososwan School in the community of Winneway.

Friday, April 15, 2011

When is "Fair Trade" Really Fair Trade?

Chris Mallinos: When is "Fair Trade" Really Fair Trade?: "In grocery stores and shopping malls across the country, products of every kind are competing for your conscience.    &..."

This was a great post from another blog that was worth a read.

We often discuss the fact that our main coffee supplier doesn't have a certification of fair trade with our customers. They are too small at this point to be able to afford that process however they are as fairly traded as can be. In fact they are what we call direct trade. They ship the beans from their own family's farm and over the years a few of the other families in the village in Nicaragua have began to work with them to provide the best possible quality coffee with prices set by the farmers themselves. Check them out if you've got a chance - it's an inspiring story.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Blog worth checking out

Have you checked out Corpus Libris' blog? We're particularly fond of this post. :)

Check it out if you've got a minute.