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Happy Friday!  I am glad to say that the first

part of Sales Conference is done and now it is on to

part two!  I’ll see you on the other side!

Book In My Hands

Have a great weekend!


Hi friends!

Brag warning: There will be some horn tooting found below, please feel free to

high five us mentally after reading.

Ampersand has three books that are winners of the Governor General’s Award!

Winning in the following categories are:

Governor General’s Literary Award


When Everything Feels like the Movies

9781551525747 Raziel Reid

Arsenal Pulp Press

Governor General’s Translation French to English Award

Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography

9780773541894 Peter Feldstein,  François-Marc Gagnon

McGill-Queens University Press

Governor General’s Children’s Literature Award 


This One Summer

9781554981526 Mariko Tamaki

Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

A huge congratulations to our beloved publishers!

- Tamara



Just finished day three of our Vancouver sales conference.

The publishers are providing great information on forthcoming titles

as well as an amazing amount of chocolate.  We have chocolates from  Alberta, San Diego,

San Francisco and Germany.  I fear we are contributing to a possible world-wide shortage

as outlined in the story below.  But we do appreciate it.  Have a good week!



Here we are, on day three of the Vancouver conference! We spent all

weekend being presented exciting spring titles (and eating, of course),

and we’re here for more! I can sense my TBR pile growing higher as

you read this….


Happy Friday!  We have had a beautiful, cold,

clear week here in Vancouver, more like January

than November.  It will be a pleasant surprise for our

reps from across Canada when they arrive for Sales

Conference.  We are about to embark of part one of

an intense series of meetings about all the new

and fantastic books coming this spring.  It is

like Christmas for book lovers and even though

it is like a marathon every day and it takes

a while for all of the information to sink in,

having new books to look forward to is a wonderful


Have a great weekend!


Hi friends!

This week was my turn to cook lunch for everyone in our office for our monthly Eats

‘n Tweets. It’s only SLIGHTLY stressful feeding 6 people with various tastes and food

preferences, as well as the feeling that you have to wow them with your limited skills.

I decided to make a few things from Arsenal Pulp Press’ Grow What You Eat, Eat

What You Grow. Though, now that I think of it, the irony is that I grew nothing and

ate what someone else grew.

I chose two things: a basil pesto and a herbed ricotta spread. I chose the basil pesto

so that I didn’t have to cook anything, and the ricotta spread because I got to

make the cheese myself, which I figured was the fastest way to impress people.

Everything went well up to the point where I turned on my blender for the final step

of the pesto and it didn’t turn on. It just looked at me smugly as if to say, “Today is the

day I choose to die…sucker” So at 6:30 pm I went out to buy another blender and pull my

hair out of my head.

The results were fantastic though. Tasty, fresh, and easy, (sans faulty blender). I highly

recommend the book!

Grow what you eat, eat what you grow  feast

- Tamara


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

from The Fallen

by Robert Laurence Binyon

September, 1914

To read the full poem go to :

Wishing you all peace on this Remembrance  Day.



Tomorrow is Remembrance Day here in Canada. This day is for

celebrating and remembering the men and women who have fought

for the freedoms we enjoy today, and every day. Here are a few new

books that help explain the idea to children:


Bunny the Brave War Horse
Based on a True Story
by Elizabeth MacLeod (08/01/14)
9781771380249 | Kids Can Press | UTP
Hardcover| Price: $18.95

On Remembrance Day
by Eleanor Creasey (08/30/14)
9781459721661| Dundurn | UTP
Hardcover| Price: $19.99


Happy Friday.

Today I have to share a wonderful book with you;

A Sudden Light by

Garth Stein.

A Sudden Light

I was eagerly awaiting this book and had pre-ordered it

months ago.

When it finally arrived, it naturally went right to the top of the

to-be-read pile.  I had read Stein’s previous book The Art of

Racing in the Rain and loved it.  (I waited in a long line to

get my book signed by the author and when I got to the front,

I took one look at the author, burst into tears and blubbed

“I loved Enzo!”) (Another crazy book lady, he must have thought).

A Sudden Light is a totally different story than that of Enzo.

I didn’t really know what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed.

The new book is a ghost story, a coming of age story and a

family saga all wrapped up in the setting of the beautiful Pacific

Northwest.  I find that I am still thinking about it and wouldn’t

mind if there were a sequel.  I don’t want to give anything

away but do want to encourage you to read this book.

You won’t be disappointed.

Have a great weekend,


Sometimes in life things just work out. There was that time when I gave in to social media

and signed on to Twitter. I nervously posted the first picture of myself on the Internet, (me drinking

a glass of chardonnay in a party dress, reading Metro’s weekly flyer and looking irritated at the

photographer) and a week later my long lost half brother from around the world found me after a

lifetime of searching – true story.

Then there was the time when my fiance agreed to watch The Mindy Project and

fell in love with it just as much as me. Charmed, I know.

So it comes as no surprise that my favourite author (Haruki Murakami) and my favourite pastime

(eating) would merge into a physical place that I could visit. Behold, the Windup Bird Cafe.

With book launches, professors speaking, and duck fat fries, I’m starting to wonder if I’ve

died and gone to heaven.

Actually, could someone please pinch me?




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