This past Saturday, Jo Ellen Bogart came to Toronto for a reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers. I found her at the front door pointing to her event poster with delight. She walked in and was jaw-dropping amazed at how beautiful everything was.
Happily, we made our way to the second floor’s event space where tables and chairs were being set up for Jo Ellen’s reading. Aside from reading Big and Small, Room for All, Jo Ellen also made a presentation on her laptop. Look how innovative she is! I have to say, I learned a few things during her reading too!
Following her reading, Jo Ellen Bogart signed books and posters. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, Jo Ellen did sign a few copies of Big and Small, Room for All that will be available at McNally Robinson on a first come, first serve basis.
After the reading, I decided to have lunch at Prairie Ink, the restaurant and bakery in McNally Robinson. It was such a beautiful day to sit on the patio, listen to all the happy book chatter, and have a cupcake.
Thank you to Nicola, Carla, and to the wonderful staff at McNally Robinson!
Don’t forget that Father’s day is June 21st this year. Share a great book with Dad:
The Hockey Sweater
Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Translated by Sheila Fischman
“…not only sweet and funny, but a wise parable about Quebec and English Canada.” – The Toronto Star
Let’s Go for a Ride
Written and illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
“…a clever work … a good jumping-off point for projects and discussions, or just plain fun.” – The Hamilton Spectator
Hot Tips for the Car Crazy
Written by Phil Edmonston and Maureen Sawa
Illustrated by Gordon Sauve
“…could and should be essential reading for anyone who hopes to drive a car or buy a car, and anyone who wants to know what makes a car tick….” – The Globe and Mail
Motoring into the Wild World of Racing!
Written by Tim Miller
“‘The must-have players’ guide.’ The book combines action photographs with descriptive dialogue geared towards the newest fans.” – School Library Journal
The Story of Hockey
Written by Michael McKinley
“…a great gift for your hockey enthusiast … lots of great photos, trivia and images of old memorabilia.” – Canadian Living Magazine
Tundra’s Director of Marketing and Sales and Director of Rights and Special Markets went to BEA this year in New York. Here are a few photos they took:
Seating around Time Square in New York City! As you can see, the chairs are very popular.
Our booth at BookExpo America! We had a mixture of Spring 2009 titles and advance materials of our Fall 2009 books on display.
Theo Caldwell signing ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of Finn the half-Great at table 12 on May 29.
For more information about Finn the half-Great, visit http://www.halfgreat.com/. You can also write to Finn!
Andrew H. Vanderwal signing finished copies of The Battle for Duncragglin at table 7 on May 29.
To learn more about The Battle for Duncragglin, visit Andrew H. Vanderwal’s website, http://www.duncragglin.com/.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to say “hi” or to browse through our books. We hope to see you next year at BEA, May 25-27 2010!
TD Summer Reading Club 2009
This year’s themed program is Agent 009!
Visit the Agent 009 website for booklists, activities, posters, stickers, and images! Here is some background information about the TD Summer Reading Club:
The goals of the TD Summer Reading Club are to encourage Canadian children to read for pleasure, to help maintain and improve their children’s reading skills during the summer and to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users.
Tundra’s books on the TD Summer Reading Club’s Booklist:
Nancy Hartry celebrated the launch of Watching Jimmy, her first novel on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Watching Jimmy grew from her short story “Thunderbird Swing,” which was published in Secrets. Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of a time past, a family of strong women, and a resourceful young girl who exudes character, resilience, and most of all, love.
The launch was held at Swansea Town Hall, near many locations mentioned in the novel.
Nancy Hartry signing books for families and friends.
A Watching Jimmy cake!
Listening to Nancy Hartry read a passage from her novel. She also talked about the writing process and how some elements from the book came to be.
Nancy Hartry invited her friends from CANSCAIP and writing workshops to her launch.
Video of Nancy Hartry reading an excerpt from her novel:
Video of Nancy Hartry’s son and his friend performing The White Cliffs of Dover: