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Almost every Saturday in the summer I visit my friend Jenny Spring’s
garden. Jenny grows incredible flowers and vegetables on a sunny backyard
plot in the heart of Victoria. Right now her sunflowers are in their prime.
Growing up in Manitoba I ate a ton of sunflower seeds and have an innate
fondness for these flowers! While checking West Coast seeds website I found out
sunflowers earned their name due to a process called heliotropism.
During the budding stage of growth, the heads of nearly all sunflowers face east
at dawn and follow the sun throughout the day, facing west at dusk.
Guess what I did this weekend! Watching fireworks ON A BOAT!
Just like this:
Except with less T-Pain, sadly.
I would like to introduce you to our new Ampersand
account manager, Dani Farmer. She will be taking
over my territory when I retire on August 12. I have
to say, I think everyone will be in good hands. Already
I almost wish I could stay on so I could work with her.
Please welcome Dani!
Have a great weekend,
We are getting ready for the Toronto Gift Fair and our office is looking a little rough:
It’s okay though, the atmosphere gets us pumped up and rearing to go for a week of
intense selling on our feet! Contact your rep to hear about the specials that we have
on for the show. Make sure to come out and visit us!
This weekend was the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, so I was down
at Jericho Beach Park ALL weekend, eating whale’s tails, listening to excellent music,
and trying not to get sunburned too badly. I hope you all managed to spend the
weekend somewhere half as beautiful!
There has been a book on my to-be-read pile for
quite some time now and I finally got around to
reading it. It is called “The Girl Who Could Fly” by
Victoria Forester. It was a New York Times bestseller
and got rave reviews when it first came out.
I guess I read it because the sequel is coming out this fall
and the cover of it intrigued me.
The book itself turned out to be a fantastic read.
A home-schooled prairie girl, Piper McCloud,
has the ability to fly. Her parents try to keep that talent
hidden and forbid her to fly but eventually some folks
see her unusual ability. Shortly thereafter, a woman appears
(in an interesting and very showy way) and offers to take
Piper away to a school for children with amazing talents or
powers. Piper and her parents agree and off she goes.
It turns out that the school is there not to encourage these children
(not to mention other flora and fauna) but to make every
thing and everyone conform to the norm.
The story goes on to tell how Piper and her schoolmates
figure things out and mount an escape. The story celebrates
everyone’s right to be unique. It is well told, gripping and will
even bring a tear or two to your eye. I can highly recommend it
and I think the new cover treatment for it will make even more
people want to pick it up and read it. By the way the sequel is called
“The Boy Who Knew Everythng” and it is coming in October.
I’m halfway through and I think you’ll like it too.
Have a great weekend!
The Girl Who Could Fly
by Forester, Victoria (10/27/15)
9781250072467 $8.99 PB
Feiwel and Friends/RAI
The Boy Who Knew Everything
by Forester, Victoria (10/27/15)
9780312626006 $19.50 Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends / RAI
It’s PanAm Game time in Toronto and through all of the HOV lane fury there is actually an
amazing full party going on in the city. Free concerts, food trucks, the circus, and oh yeah,
awesome sports that we are winning all over the place!
We are lucky to have content from one of our books featured in a documentary airing on Sportsnet:
Playing it Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada
Second Story Press
Make sure to watch out for it while checking out the games!
I’m in Halifax and the weather is GLORIOUS! Also, you know: bookfair, awesome booksellers, and lobster!
I don’t know if you’ve heard but the news is out. I will
be retiring (early I might add) in August and will be
moving to Mexico with my husband at the end of
September. I have mixed feelings about it – part
of me is thrilled to be able to not work after so long
but the other part of me will be saddened to miss my
book people. The people make this business and it
has been my privilege to work with some fantastic
folks and it is them I will be sorry not to see on a
regular basis. You know who you are and the
welcome mat is out with your name(s) on it!
I’m not done yet so there will be a few more
posts before I bow out. Just as a teaser -
here’s where I’ll be headed:
Have a great weekend!
I have been wanting to read Erika Swyler’s The Book of Speculation:
About a month ago I went on a beach vacation and had asked a coworker if this would be a good
beach read. She said something very wise to me, “Uh, well it’s about women drowning in the sea.
So…no.” I took my wise coworker’s advice and waited until now to read it – with my feet firmly
planted on the concrete of the city.
Strangely, I ended up reading it on the countdown to my birthday, which is even creepier than
reading it by the ocean as the story follows a countdown to the protagonist’s sister’s birthday -
a birthday that is suspected to lead to her death. So that was kind of weird.
Other than that creepiness, I loved it! I remember a drama teacher telling me once that if something
leaves you wanting more, it’s a good thing. I wanted more. I didn’t want to leave the crumbling world
of the young librarian Simon Watson or his tarot card reading sister. I wanted to keep delving deeper
into their traveling circus past and see what other mysterious things would be revealed. I put the book
down and felt that I wasn’t ready to say good bye. That’s a good thing.
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