Launch of: Our Corner Grocery Store

In a city inundated with giant, gleaming supermarkets, Toronto’s old-style neighbourhood corner store may be nearly extinct.

But there’s no hint of decline at the impressively cluttered greengrocer located in the tiny front room of a house near Hillcrest Park, in the St. Clair West area. Every weekday at lunch, the 20-by-20-foot shop, owned by Domenico Cozzi, 76, and his wife Rosa, 77, is overrun with ravenous school kids, who swarm in to buy Mr. Cozzi’s salami and provolone sandwiches, pop and candy….

In recent weeks, regular patrons have noticed that the Cozzis have been even more upbeat than usual. The reason: Their modest business, purchased with the house for $33,000 back in 1966, has become the subject of a new children’s book, Our Corner Grocery Store (Tundra), illustrated by Laura Beingessner.

John Lorinc, The Globe and Mail

The publication of Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner’s new picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, was celebrated on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Since the book is such a local story, Joanne Schwartz hosted a neighbourhood event at her home.  Our Corner Grocery Store is based on Domenico’s grocery store which is located at 134 Tyrrel Avenue, Toronto. Domenico Cozzi and his wife Rosa, owners of the actual corner grocery store, came to celebrate the book’s release.

Laura BeingessnerLaura Beingessner signing Our Corner Grocery Store. Look at the line-up of readers!

Joanne SchwartzJoanne’s turn to sign!

Reading Our Corner Grocery StoreReading Our Corner Grocery Store
Reading Our Corner Grocery Store in the front yard.

Joanne Schwartz and Laura BeingessnerJoanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner thank everyone for coming. Thank you Domenico and Rosa for your inspirations and to everyone who came out and made the event such as success! Can you spot Domenico’s smiling face in the photo above? Also, thank you to John Lorinc for attending and writing the wonderful piece in The Globe and Mail.

TINARS for Tots: Our Corner Grocery Store

This Is Not a Reading Series for Tots on Saturday, April 18, 2009 was presented by Pages Books & Magazine, The Little Paper, Bunch, and the Gladstone Hotel. TINAR’s “Neighbourhood Stories Day” featured Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner’s book, Our Corner Grocery Store. Also presenting that day was Frieda Wishinsky and Marie-Louise Gay’s Please Louise!

Our Corner Grocery StoreOur Corner Grocery Store by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Laura Beingessner

TINARS for TotsParents have brunch while children are entertained by authors and illustrators!

Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner organized a wonderful arts and craft project:
Crafting Our Corner Grocery StoreColouring the grocery store and food items.
Crafting Our Corner Grocery StoreCutting and..
Crafting Our Corner Grocery Storepasting!

Joanne Schwartz, Winston, and Joanne BeingessnerJoanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner with Winston, the TINARS mascot!

It’s Illustrators Night

Everyone is welcome to this very popular event… everyone!

Here is your chance to hear about the work of three of our talented members. Come and enjoy Marthe Jocelyn, Ruth Ohi and Alice Priestley as they discuss their recent work. Tables will be set up around the room so that illustrators and aspiring illustrators both can share their portfolios during the coffee hour. This meeting is open to the public so bring a friend!

April 8, 2009 at 7:30pm
CANSCAIP meetings are held at:
The Northern District Library—Second Floor
40 Orchard View Blvd. Toronto, Ontario

Launch of: Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog

What a very fine launch for Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog! The event was on Saturday, March 7 from 2-5pm at the Ingram Gallery in Yorkville. A fantastic turnout of friends, families, and fans that came to meet Tim Beiser and Rachel Berman. Here are some photos from the reception, launch, and book signing:

Rachel Berman's illustrations on display
Rachel Berman's illustrations on display.
Children and adults enjoy Rachel's artwork
Enjoying Rachel's illustrations from the book.
The line-up for signing begins!
Lining up for the signings.
Showing off their signed copy.
Got their signed copy!
Rachel Berman signing a copy of the book
Rachel Berman signing a copy of the book.
Tim Beiser signing a copy of the book
Tim Beiser signing a copy of the book
Author Tim Beiser and his son Rowan
Tim Beiser with his son Rowan.
Reading Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog.
Reading Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog.

Thank you to those who came out on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and many thanks to Tarah and her team at the Ingram Gallery!