Thursday, May 26, 2011

Something A little Different... Mazes!

Saturday June 18 Chat Noir Books will be sponsoring a workshop to explore the spiritual meanings of mazes and labyrinths at St Paul's United Church in New Liskeard from 10am - 12pm followed by a book signing by the author of The Spirituality Of Mazes & Labyrinths Gailand MacQueen at Chat Noir Books from 2pm - 4pm

Come out and join us while we work our way through a real maze built in the church basement and then come chat with the author and get a copy of the book signed at the store.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Come On Over!

Come on Over and pick up your copy of Come on Over!

You may want to get some for your friends too (especially those from cities who think we live in igloos and ride bears to school or work). This book is filled with cool history about all the towns in Northeastern Ontario and fun "did you know" facts.

We are very excited about this book and you should be too!

Click Here to Order a Copy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coffee Tasting & Food Forever Fundraiser

Saturday, June 4 · 9:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee is black as the devil,
Hot as hell,
Pure as an angel,
and Sweet as love.

Discover the beauty and sweetness of coffee with all of its inherent flavours and notes. Join us on June 4th when the Las Chicas Del Cafe will be in town at Chat Noir Books where we will be hosting a coffee session.
Come out for a coffee tasting where you will be able to try different beans and roast profiles that inspire our coffee lovers the most.

This event will also host our Fight Hunger with a Fresh Cup fundraiser for the Food Forever Fund.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Go The F**K to Sleep

Yes we've seen it too.
Yes it's a funny as it looks.
No you shouldn't read it to your children (or anyone else's but that's just me hazarding a guess there)
Yes we're taking pre-orders. Click Here to Pre-Order your copy now.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Hunger Games Movie News

Stanley Tucci will play TV host Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games, the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of the Suzanne Collins's novel, according to, which also reported that Woody Harrelson has landed the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the mentor of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

Interesting Choices. We LOVE Stanley Tucci.

Author Emily St. John Mandel's 5 Questions Never to Ask at a Bookstore Reading

I came across this this morning and I really thought it was interesting to hear from the author's point of view on an event. You can see the whole blog post and comments here.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of two novels, Last Night in Montreal and The Singer's Gun. She's a staff writer at The Millions. She has an essay in the recent anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of the Book, and her short fiction will appear in the forthcoming Venice Noir collection. You can find her on the web at, and on Twitter at @EmilyMandel.

This is the Author's Post:

Let me first be clear: I love touring. I love bookstore events. A great many of my favorite memories transpired in independent bookstores and at festivals from New York to Calgary to California. (I also have a lot of memories involving airports at this point, but that's neither here nor there.) It's an absolute pleasure to meet booksellers, and readers, and I like the reading itself.

I even like the post-reading Q&A. That's the wildcard part of the evening, where you might be asked interesting questions about your work or your writing process or what great books you've read recently or how you tied your scarf in that nifty way, or, on the other hand, you might be asked whether you and your husband plan on procreating any time soon. This is what makes Q&As exciting: it could go either way.
That being said, a brief list of questions that ideally I'd love to never be asked again at a post-reading Q&A:

1) "So when's your next book coming out?"
My NEXT book? I have no idea, but it'll probably be a while. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my current book. It came out a week ago. It took me two and a half years to write.

2) "Are you planning on having kids?"
Um. As much as I enjoy discussing the nuances of my marriage into a microphone before a sea of inquisitive strangers, could I maybe get back to you on that? Also, while I'm typically the last person to notice gender bias, I'll confess that I can't help but secretly wonder whether you'd ask that question of a male novelist.

3) "Here's my copy of your book. Please sign it and also draw a cartoon."
I'd love to, but I have no idea how to draw cartoons. Would you like a shakily-rendered outline of a penguin? I can also do fluffy dogs. Thanks for the idea, by the way -- the next time I go to a cartoonist's book signing, I'm going to ask if they'd mind doing a signature plus a quick dash of literary fiction.

4) "Is your book on Amazon?"
It is! But you know what? That's perhaps not the best possible question to ask at an event held in an independent bookstore. Actually, it might be the worst possible question to ask at an event held in an independent bookstore. Amazon is what puts bookstores like this one out of business. You can't see it because she's standing behind you, but there is a bookseller glaring at the back of your head.

5) "How many books have you sold?"
You know, the last royalty statement was a few months back, so I'm actually not entirely sure. But while we're on the subject of our personal finances, what's your checking account balance?

I also had to laugh when I read this comment to the post:

Anonymous said...

These are tests we readers ask authors to determine if you're legit. For your benefit, correct answers are below:

1) "So when's your next book coming out?"
Any day now. Return to this independent bookstore daily until it appears. Buy a book everyday, just in case.

2) "Are you planning on having kids?"
Yes. As soon as within 9 months, if possible. *wink*

3) "Here's my copy of your book. Please sign it and also draw a cartoon."
How big would you like the penis?

4) "Is your book on Amazon?"
Yes, but if you buy my book here, you are orders of magnitudes less likely to die at the dinner table at the hands of a handkerchief or roof shingle. If you doubt me, please consult the Wheel of Time novels, all thirteen of which are also available here.

5) "How many books have you sold?"
My last royalty check was for thirty eight cents. I'm a writer, not a mathematician, but I believe that calculates out to eighteen thousand, six hundred million, and thirty eight third copies. Don't ask me to explain why someone would only buy a third of my book. I recommend you buy the entire thing.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

I can't get over some of the AWESOME stuff I'm seeing from people knitting out of Knit Your Own Royal Wedding. Here are a few of my favourites! I had to Share.

© janeward

© saralu

© Urieka

© belgianwaffleknit


Friday, May 6, 2011

Amen Sister

Quotation of the from Day Shelf Awareness May 6

From 'Confessions of an Unapologetic Indie'

"It's your choice, but don't come whining to me that you really want to shop local, but you have to be 'smart about your money.' I agree, you should be smart about your money. You should know that local businesses hand out thousands of dollars worth of donations and items to schools, organizations, and clubs throughout your community every year. Maybe shopping local isn't a priority for you. Fine. Talk to Amazon about donating a silent auction item for your son's school trip to D.C. and ask for a discount on books purchased for your school district. I’m sure Wal-Mart would sell your dance recital tickets or put a bucket on the counter for summer camp applications. Maybe Costco will supply the food for a fund-raiser, but I doubt it."

--Mara Lynn Luther of Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, Mont., in her Chapter One-ders blog post "Confessions of an Unapologetic Indie."

'Confessions of an Unapologetic Indie'

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Come and Get it! If for no other reason than a main character from Cobalt and a shout out to Chat Noir!
Of course, he's also a great crime writer and his books are wonderful too so if that makes a difference to you.....