Strut It! with Jeanne Beker

In collaboration with H&M and Globe Recognition, we celebrated last night with fashion, shopping, and Jeanne Beker! Here, let me take you through the night:

The event was held at H&M on 15 Bloor Street West. The event officially started at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 7:15pm. Security was pretty strict, but luckily we were able to get in earlier to show you what happens “behind the seams:”

Thank you to the crew that had all the posters and signs up and ready.

Caterers standing by, some of the dressing rooms had to become coat checks and swag bag storage. Do you see the pink lichee drinks?

Gorgeous pink tulips to match the book.

Jeanne Beker also arrives early and is given the run down of events by Lindsay, Emily, and her amazing Publicist, Pamela!

Jeanne has a look through her “Jeanne’s Picks” with Emily.

Taking a peek on the second floor, it looks like guests are already lining up outside!

Doors open and guests come in to meet Jeanne and shop with an exclusive 20% off.

While all the guests were shopping, we thought it would be fun to find some of “Jeanne’s Picks” among the racks.

Later in the evening, Emily and Jeanne chatted about the season’s hottest trends and how to wear them. The models showed off the “Jeanne’s Picks” outfits:

Before the night ended, guests went to meet Jeanne and get their copy of Strutting It! signed.

We would like to thank Jeanne Beker, Globe Recognition, the team at  H&M, the  models, the caterers, and  all the guests who joined us last night. Randy, Pamela, and Alison – we tip our hats to you! It wouldn’t have been a celebration without you, now go and strut it!

We also posted an album on facebook, so check out more of our photos there! More photos can be found at Globe Recognition’s gallery and from the Globe and Mail.

March Pub Date Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our third Pub Date Giveaway of the year! We used trusty to generate the winning number:

Number 15, so…

Congratulations to Michael Provost! You will be receiving a copy of Margriet Ruurs and W. Allan Hancock‘s Amazing Animals. We’re happy to hear that your wife will be extremely happy! Please check your inbox for an e-mail from us.

Our next Pub Date Giveaway will be on April 12, 2011. Stay tuned!

Tuesdays with Tundra 9

Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

Amazing Animals: The Remarkable Things That Creatures Do
By Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by W. Allan Hancock
Hardcover | Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-0-88776-973-3
Did you know that the oldest insect lived more than 350 million years ago? That’s more than 100 million years before the dinosaurs! Did you know that a slug has three noses, an octopus has three hearts, and that an earthworm has no eyes, no nose, no ears, and no lungs, but it has five hearts?

By compiling facts that astound her and whet her own curiosity, Margriet Ruurs encourages young readers to observe the natural world around them and to share her sense of wonder and respect for it.With stunning art and bright, brief text, Amazing Animals is a perfect introduction to a host of creatures – many of them endangered.

Nearly Nonsense: Hoja Tales from Turkey
By Rina Singh
Illustrated by Farida Zaman
Hardcover | Ages 5-8
ISBN 978-0-88776-974-0
Nasrudin Hoja was a mullah (teacher) in Turkey. He was a busy man – he worked in a vineyard, gave sermons at the mosque, and was sometimes even a judge. He did all of this with a nagging wife, a constant stream of uninvited visitors, and many animals. Although Hoja’s life wasn’t easy, his heart was always light and his observations about life held a witty twist. For instance, when his donkey got lost, his neighbors offered sympathy, but Hoja found the bright side: “Imagine if I were riding the donkey at the time. I’d be lost too!”

Though the ten Hoja stories presented by Rina Singh and richly illustrated by Farida Zaman are funny, each one contains such insight into human nature that Sufi teachers use them to illustrate their teachings. Traditional Turkish Hoja stories are much-loved throughout Asia, and Nearly Nonsense brings them to a North American readership sure to enjoy them and, through laughter, to learn from them.

Also check out this fun video that Rina Singh made!

Pub Date Giveaway: Which book would you love to get your hands on? Leave us a comment below and one lucky reader will receive a copy of their requested book, courtesy of Tundra! One request per person and please review our rules. This offer ends at midnight on Thursday, March 10, 2011!

A Call for Blog Tour Participants: Stones for My Father

Trilby Kent is back for her second blog tour and we want you to join! We had a fantastic time touring Medina Hill the first time around, click here to see the wonderful response we got, and the book even got a starred review from Booklist Magazine.

What is a blog tour?
Similar to a book tour where an author travels from store to store across the country, a blog tour is when an author virtually visits a series of blogs during a consecutive number of days. Click here for some examples.  The tour dates for Trilby Kent’s are April 25-29 2011.

What do I need to participate?
First of all, you will need a blog. Second, a love for reading! Third, a commitment to host the author on your scheduled blog tour date.

How can I help during the blog tour?
As a participating blogger, you will be given an advance copy of Stones for My Father to read and contact with Trilby Kent. On your scheduled posting date, you should post your review of the book for tour followers to see. If you don’t want to do a review, you can also post an author interview, a home-made book trailer, or collaborate with Trilby Kent on an unique post! We highly encourage creativity here!

We will be promoting the blog tour, so your blog will see an increase in traffic. Tundra will be sharing your link on our own blog here, our facebook page, and twitter. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word too. Feel free to post your reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, or online retailers.

Where do I sign up?
I thought you would never ask! If you are getting this as an e-mail subscriber, please fill out the form on our blog:
The form is now closed. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

Stones for My Father
Written by Trilby Kent
Hardcover | Ages 11+ | 176 pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-252-3
eBook 978-1-77049-260-8
Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers.

But Corlie’s world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and sent to internment camps.

Will Corlie’s resilience and devotion to her country sustain her through the suffering and squalor she finds in the camp at Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had….

TRILBY KENT was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she worked for a time in the rare books department at Bonhams before turning to journalism and writing novels for children and adults. Her first book, Medina Hill, is also available from Tundra Books. Trilby Kent lives in London, England.

February Pub Date Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our second Pub Date Giveaway of the year! We used trusty to generate the winning number:

Number 21, which means…

Congratulations to Shawna Sanderson, you will be receiving a copy of Jeanne Becker’s Strutting It! The Grit behind the Glamour. Please check your inbox for an e-mail from us!

If you would like more information about the book or Jeanne Becker, visit these links:

Our next Pub Date Giveaway will be on March 8, 2011 and March 22, 2011.