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Updated to reflect all the latest taxonomic data, Birds of Canada is the complete photographic guide to 613 species of birds found in Canada, including the most common species, rare, and vagrant birds.
Ideal for the armchair bird enthusiast or dedicated bird watcher, this book includes full-colour photographs revealing individual species with unrivaled clarity. The 436 most commonly seen birds are pictured with plumage variations and information on similar birds to make differentiation easy, from game birds and waterfowl to shorebirds and swifts to owls, wood warblers, finches, and more.
Written by a team of more than 30 birders and ornithologists with expertise in particular species or families, and produced in association with David M. Bird, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology at McGill University, this updated edition of Birds of Canada is the ultimate photographic guide to Canadian birds.
What would the new world look like to Jacques Cartier, who could see no farther than the treeline? What would the north have looked like to Martin Frobisher, confronting a sea of ice but imagining that Cathay lay just beyond? What would the vastness of the country look like to a surveyor or railroad engineer? A History of Canada in Ten Maps reveals the hidden Canada we never knew. (October)
With a desire to know the place he calls home, Robert Bateman has spent his life painting the Canadian landscape. Full of paintings from every region in Canada, his new deluxe, over-sized art book celebrates the history, diversity, and natural wonder of our country from the historic eastern shores to the cold endless north and the luscious west coast. (October)
From the mouth of the Fraser River, to the Bow in Alberta, the Red in Manitoba, the Gatineau, the Saint John, and the St. Lawrence, Roy MacGregor has traversed the lengths of Canada’s waterways. In sixteen portraits, he tells the story of our country through the stories of its original highways, and how they sustain our spirit, identity and economy — past, present and future. (November)
This is a book of images of about our country as seen by our artists. This is a book to remind us that the land holds us, not we the land, and that we share our territories with the other sentient beings, with the forest and the grasslands, with the rocks and the rivers. This is a book to celebrate this place, a gift to Canadians to honour the beauty and power of our shared spaces. (November)
Before the arrival of settlers, the Great Northern Plain sprawled across the centre of the continent and rivalled the African savannah for wildlife. Full of extraordinary photos and thought-provoking prose, Islands of Grass is a passionately wrought love letter to a prairie landscape that is rapidly disappearing in the wake of modernity's relentless push. (November)
Tracking the course of his early ancestors to New Iceland, David Arnason draws a picture of a community that revels in traditions that both tie it to its home across the sea and set it apart. In describing the community, from the festivities of Islendingadagurinn to the century-old general store that continues to be a corner stone of the community, Arnason invokes the peace of lake living in a time that appears to be anything but. (October)
This revised edition of the classic 2007 book expands the original collection with eighty more of Paskievich's unique and powerfully personal photographs to present a deep and poignant picture of a special community. Texts by Stephen Osborne, Alison Gillmor, George Melnyk explore the different aspects of Paskievich’s work and add context from Winnipeg’s history and culture. (September)
What exactly is Manitoba? It's one of the newest places on Earth, carved by glaciers and shaped by meltwater. It's one of the most Indigenous places on Earth, as all of its residents are beginning to comprehend and respect. In the sequel to Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, Scott and Kives take a defining view of what the rest of the province is, or is not, up to. (November)
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Since its publication in 2012, The Inconvenient Indian has become a modern classic. With more than 150 images — from artwork, photographs, advertisements and archival documents to contemporary representations of Native peoples by Native peoples — this volume shows how “Indians” have been seen, understood, propagandized, represented and reinvented in North America. (October)
Across North America, Indigenous acts of resistance have opposed the removal of federal protections for forests and waterways, halted the expansion of tar sands extraction and the pipeline construction, and demanded justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women. In her new book, Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous thinking, writing, and organizing. (October)
As a boy Thomas Rosanoff was the subject of his father's experiment in which Thomas was secretly observed through a two-way glass. Now a med student, Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. In his latest novel, Ferguson explores notions of sanity and the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact. (October)
Based on his play The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, Armin Wiebe's new novel affirms the necessity of joy in the form of a piano during the trying time of the Great Depression. When Beethoven Blatz enters to tune their piano, the unconventional Obrum and his wife Sarah discover not only that they can make great music together, but that laughter is the best medicine. (September)
Three lives, one unreliable narrator and the consequences of losing intimacy are at the heart of Trofimuk’s fourth novel, This is All a Lie. A scorned lover, a woman who is drawn into her husband’s messy affair, and a man uniquely unqualified to give either what she wants form the points of a messy love triangle built on lies and deception. (October)
When Anita Naakka jumps in front of a train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. Setting out to reconstruct Anita’s final months, Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair’s power than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma’s imagining. (September)
The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Louise Erdrich paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for the life of her unborn child against oppressive forces that arise in the wake of a cataclysmic event. (November)
Based on true events in 19th century Ireland, Kent’s latest novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue a child from a superstitious community as rumours begin to spread that one of their grandsons is bringing bad luck to the valley. Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is a powerful novel about absolute belief and devoted love. (September)
Set amid the Obama years, tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States with his three adult children under mysterious circumstances. The plot thickens when a former model inserts herself into the Goldens' world and their secrets begin to unravel. Rushdie’s latest novel is a razor-sharp parable of life among the very rich in a fractured America on the verge of falling apart. (September)
It’s 1988, and Frank has a small music shop, jam-packed with records, and he is determined to buck the CD invasion. Located down a dead-end street, his shop attracts the lonely and the sleepless. One day, Ilse Brauchmann walks into the shop, and Frank falls for the curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse’s reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. (November)
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story about a woman who has been wrongly dismissed from her job. As the intrepid Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, she learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in the latest installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. (November)
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, Banville’s audacious new novel extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected territory. But Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville’s own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humour. (November)
Having just moved in to a new apartment, and alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s pub for a pint. There he meets a man who claims to know him from their school days when they were taught by the Christian Brothers. The encounter stirs Victor’s memories, until he finds himself haunted by the past in ways that threaten to destroy his sanity. (September)
Organized thematically, these 97 stories were written over a lifetime, from 1941 to 2007. Here also are five previously unpublished stories as well as a handful of others that were published online only. Curated and introduced by longtime Vonnegut friend, Dan Wakefield, and Vonnegut scholar Jerome Klinkowitz, this collection celebrates Vonnegut’s wit, humour, and humanity. (September)
After Richard Bowmaster, a 60-year old human rights scholar, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, he seeks the advice of his tenant Lucia Maraz, a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile. These three very different people are brought together in a tale that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s era Chile and Brazil. (November)
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love, and lovers Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict that divides the country. (September)
Peter Guillam, once the confidant of George Smiley, head of the British Secret Service’s Covert Operations, is dragged out of retirement to account for the deaths of his old pal Alec Leamas and the hapless Liz Gold, shot dead at the Berlin Wall. In le Carré’s first Smiley novel in over twenty-five years, it becomes clear that Guillam’s perceived sins have by no means disappeared into the past. (September)
Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men, Hugh Legat, a rising star of the British diplomatic service, and Paul Hartmann, on the staff of the German Foreign Office. Once friends at Oxford together in the 1920s, their paths are now set on a collision course in this spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal. (November)
Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to make the world a better place. But as third-year students, they realize they have been duped into borrowing heavily to attend a mediocre law school whose graduates rarely pass the bar exam. But maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But if anything goes wrong, the consequences will not be pretty. (October)
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, attends the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” But when chaos breaks out at the ceremony and the discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever, Langdon sets out on a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols that ultimately bring him face-to-face with a shocking truth. (October)
In a near-future world, when women go to sleep, they disappear into a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, they become spectacularly violent. Only one woman is immune to the sleeping disease. Is she a medical anomaly to be studied, or a demon who must be slain? This provocative father-son collaboration dramatizes what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men. (September)
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Yet Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, can only hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. (September)
In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, a drought exposed her remains. No one was ever convicted of her murder. But while forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case, he finds a flaw in the original evidence that raises old ghosts and puts his entire family in danger. (October)
When Lisbeth Salander sees an opportunity to uncover the facts of her traumatic childhood, she will let nothing stop her — not the anti-Muslim gang she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality, nor the people who will do anything to bury the knowledge of a sinister experiment known as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist team up to see justice done. (September)
At a comfort stop in Wisconsin, Reacher notices a West Point class ring for sale in a pawn shop. A woman cadet’s ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights off a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK? (November)
When DI Vera Stanhope gets a tip about where the body of notorious wheeler-dealer John Brace is buried, her investigation turns up not one skeleton, but two. This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as she must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present. (September)
DS Alan Banks leads the investigation into a shocking mass murder that occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. The shooter is run to ground, but Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest team member, DI Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why. (October)
While the Great War is chewing up young men by the thousands, Detective William Murdoch is tracking down bootleggers when a series of murders take place. The only common denominator in the crimes is that all the men were exempted from conscription. Canada’s premier author of historical mystery fiction returns with a new mystery, featuring an older and wiser Detective Murdoch. (November)
Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older. Now, in Edgedancer, the teenage Knight Radiant discovers time stands still for no one. Finding court life too suffocating, she sets off for Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is hunting people like her with budding powers. This short novel of the Stormlight Archive is being published in a special gift edition. (October)
Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside their blood-soaked past and stand together, even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization. In the third volume of the Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance. (November)
In honour of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this anthology includes 40 stories, each retelling a different moment from the film. Contributors to this project comprise both creators and stars from Star Wars’ rich legacy, as well as authors and celebrities who have been influenced by the franchise. Some highlights include: Renee Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Alexander Freed, Christie Golden, Nnedi Okorafor, Sabaa Tahir, and Chuck Wendig. (October)
Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents Star Wars trivia in an all-new way: through playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, Leong shines a new light on the much-adored universe. (August)
Set in a future in which humanity has colonized much of the Solar System, the seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's bestselling Expanse series is a fast-paced, old-fashioned yarn featuring political intrigue on an intergalactic scale. The first novel in the series, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012. (December)
Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this story of three aspiring comics creators is Vaughan’s love letter to his chosen medium. The lives of the three creators — Max, Denny, and Case, latter day versions of Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay — are woven into the world of their creations as they risk criminal charges for their art. (October)
After Batman defeated Lex Luthor and saved the world from tyranny, the Dark Knight’s allies have retreated from the fight against injustice. But a new war is brewing. An army led by Superman’s own daughter is preparing to claim Earth. Three decades after his 1986 iconic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Miller delivers a third chapter in his groundbreaking saga. (September)
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects — and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. This hefty twelve-volume omnibus combines all 2,400 pages of the megahit thriller into a single tome, presented in a beautiful silver slipcase, with an epilogue chapter in English for the first time. (September)
Having friends or family over? Worried there won't be enough arguing? Grab Ultimate Showdown, a party game that lets you pit characters from history and fiction against one another in hilarious challenges. Sure, you might figure on Ghengis Khan as more likely to start a fight then Mother Theresa, but is Michael Jackson or Joan of Arc more likely to be a runaway bride? Does the Easter Bunny or Bart Simpson look better in a swimsuit? Each round not only features betting on the eventual winners and finalists, but a bonus if “your” contestant makes it through!
For 3-8 players aged 12 & up. Playing time 45 minutes. $25.00. Add to Cart
This new game from Blue Orange gives you the chance to grow your own forest! Gorgeous 3D trees grow from the seeds you carefully plant. Gather sunlight to grow your trees larger, plant seeds, and remember that your tree can shade your opponent's trees from the precious sun. Remember also, that the sun moves around the board, and the tree you shade now may grow up to tower over yours from another angle!
An elegant game for 2 to 4 players aged 10 & up. Playing time 30-60 minutes. $50.00. Add to Cart
The second collection of poetry by author of milk and honey is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honouring one’s roots, expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming — a celebration of love in all its forms. (October)
Originally published in 1977 to commemorate the 100th year of Thomson’s birth and the 60th of his untimely death, Tom Thomson: The Silence and The Storm was an instant classic. This newly designed and greatly expanded edition revives a classic, adds many new images, and offers new insights into Thomson’s work, his techniques and his enduring appeal. (October)
Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. (October)
In this new collection, Leibovitz captures the most influential and compelling figures of the last decade in the style that has made her one of the most celebrated talents of our time. Each of the photographs documents contemporary culture with an artist's eye, wit, and an uncanny ability to personalize even the most recognizable and distinguished figures. (October)
First published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded as the "bible" of street photography. In this fully revised edition, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, the story of street photography is brought up to date with the inclusion of more contemporary photographers, and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography. (November)
The veteran of four space flights and the American record-holder for consecutive days in space, Scott Kelly describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, from the devastating effects on the body to the pressures of constant close cohabitation, as well as the boundless wonder of space flight and his passionate belief that Mars will be next. (October)
Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up. In his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of the animals around us. (November)
Before his death, Sacks personally collected into this one volume his recent essays, never before published in book form, which he felt best displayed his passionate engagement with his most compelling and seminal ideas. Featuring a preface written two weeks before his death, the collection reveals his unceasing, timeless project to understand what it is that makes us human. (October)
The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Siegel explores these dazzling technologies and their role in Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today. Includes 150 film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams. (October)
In an all-new volume of science questions to delight and inform readers of all ages, Jay Ingram takes us on a tour of the universe, exploring wonders big and small. From the farthest reaches of space to the most perplexing historical riddles to the marvels of who we are and what we’re made of, he answers some of the most intriguing questions about the world around us. (November)
Canada’s post-1967 vision of openness and plurality shows signs of becoming a fragile consensus. Saunders argues we need 100 million Canadians if we’re to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. His bold vision for Canada requires the necessity of tripling our population — a goal that can be achieved without a large increase in immigration. (September)
The author of The Lucky Ones (2013) recounts ten first-person life stories from ex-gang members that enlighten, surprise and inspire as they share their thoughts on topics such as peace, joy, forgiveness, and hope. Their accounts reveal the reality of living as a marginalized person, and challenge preconceived notions in this illuminating look at the individuals behind the crime statistics. (October)
In the supposedly enlightened ’60s and ’70s, violence against women wasn’t talked about, and women had few options to escape their abusers. Yet in 1973, five disparate groups of Canadian women quietly opened Canada’s first battered women’s shelters. Goodhand tracks down these “rogue feminists,” weaving their stories into an unforgettable — and until now untold — history. (September)
From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Through a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the new gender wars, Lauren McKeon explores generational attitudes, debates over inclusiveness, and differing views on the intersection of race, class, and gender in today’s anti-feminist universe. (September)
One of America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity as she searches for the answers. (September)
What moral values do human beings hold in common? As globalization draws us together economically, are our values converging or diverging? In particular, are human rights becoming a global ethic? After a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff presents his discoveries and his interpretation of what globalization is doing to our conscience and our moral understanding. (September)
Aslan argues that what the majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves. With layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship, he attempts to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more peaceful, universal spirituality unencumbered by the urge to foist our human characteristics upon the divine. (November)
This moving memoir by a Gold Star father is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream. Khan traces his journey from rural Pakistan to Harvard Law School, and his family life in America to the tragic story of his middle son, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. An American Family is an intimate depiction of what being an American really means. (October)
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Jann Arden moved into a house across from her parents in rural Alberta to be close to them but also so they could be her refuge from the demands of the music business and a performing career. Funny how time works. Frank and inspirational, this is a piercingly personal account of the changes in Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s. (November)
Mitchell’s biography brings to life the story of Philip Turnor, the first inland surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company. Accompanied by Cree guides and his Cree wife, Turnor travelled 15,000 miles by canoe and foot between 1778 and 1792 to produce ten maps, culminating in his magnum opus, a map that was the foundation of all northern geographic knowledge at that time. (October)
Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha Parker, moved to New York when the city was a magnet for the young, arty, and ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed. Gopnik builds a portrait of this moment in New York, from their arrival as aspiring artists to their growth as a New York family in this fascinating world capital of creativity and aspiration. (September)
Jacobs has received some strange emails, but this one stood out: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” So began Jacobs’s three-year adventure across seven continents unearthing genetic links to Hollywood actresses and real-life scoundrels on his way to building the biggest family tree in history. (November)
Hillary Clinton takes readers inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party. In an election marked by rage, sexism, highs and lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules, this is both a deeply intimate account of “what happened” and a cautionary tale for America. (September)
In this comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history, McGoogan challenges the conventional narrative, which emerged out of Victorian England and focused almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. By integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers, and above all Canada’s indigenous peoples, this work brings the story of Arctic discovery into the 21st century. (October)
What does it mean to serve? In this moving collection of first-person accounts, bestselling author Jody Mitic take us inside life in the military in order to share personal stories of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice. He brings together veterans and active military personnel from across Canada to tell us, in their own words, what it means to answer the call of duty. (October)
In 1929, Stalin forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a famine in which five million people perished between 1931 and 1933 in the U.S.S.R. Of those, Applebaum argues that three million died because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive an extraordinary evil. (October)
Lacavera, the founder of Wind Mobile and other Canadian success stories, argues we can be a nation of big dreamers and bigger doers if we simply choose to be. Instead of aping Silicon Valley, we need to build businesses and regulatory systems that amplify Canadian characteristics — tolerance, humility and a capacity for teamwork — to focus on areas in which we can win. (October)
Nathan Williams introduces 40 creative business owners around the globe, offering an inspiring look at their lives and companies. Discover how budding and experienced entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries (from fashion designers to hoteliers) in cities across the globe handle success and failure, achieve work-life balance, find motivation in the face of adversity, and so much more. (October)
What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into the fascinating mysteries of experience and explores why certain brief experiences can elevate and change us, and how we can learn to create such moments in our life and work. (October)
How does an artist connect deeply with an audience never met? Here Patti Smith offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. In an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing. (September)
From ancient masterpieces such as The Art of War to Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book, this beautifully illustrated guide delves into the stories behind 75 of the world’s most celebrated books and handwritten manuscripts. At the same time, it sets them in their wider social and cultural context to reveal the growth in human knowledge and the bookmaking process. (September)
Puchner offers a worldwide perspective on groundbreaking texts, beginning with the first written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, through Cervantes’ Don Quixote, up to the present. He also explores fascinating insights about people (Gutenberg, Ben Franklin, Goethe) and inventions (writing technologies, the printing press, the book) and how they shaped religion, politics, and commerce. (October)
The hilarious world of Dave and Morley was even more real and more vibrant during the holidays. Now, for the first time, their Christmas stories have been brought together in this special collection —including the classic “Dave Cooks the Turkey,” as well as five new, never before published Christmas stories. Brimming with charm and humour, these twelve stories remind us what the holidays are all about. (November)
The Beaverton has quickly become the funniest, and most biting, source of Canadian satire. Part mock-history, part fake-scrapbook, The Beaverton Presents Glorious and/or Free takes a hilarious and entertaining stab at our national myths and legends, both historical and contemporary. And, like all great satire, it’s funny because it’s true. (November)
Bloom County: Real, Classy, and Compleat 1980-1989
by Berkeley Breathed
$130.99. Two volume set.
Reader Reward Price $117.89 Add to Cart
Debuting in 1980, Bloom County soon became one of the most popular comic strips in history, appearing in over 1200 newspapers. Then, at the peak of its popularity, Berkeley Breathed did something unprecedented. He walked away. Now, more than 25 years later, the complete collection of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip is collected in this deluxe two volume set. (November)
The Book Seat Book Holder
The Book Seat is filled with polystyrene beads that enable it to sit in any position. The clear perspex page holder enables you to read hands-free. Made from soft, stain resistant, furniture grade faux-suede, the Book Seat also includes storage space for books of all sizes, plus a pocket to store your mobile phone, reading glasses, sunglasses, remote control, or pen.
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The author of The Little Book of Hygge and the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen travels across the globe on a quest to uncover the secrets of the very happiest people from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro. Weaving together original research and personal anecdotes, he explores the tips, tricks, and unique approaches to achieving everyday happiness and a fulfilled life. (November)
Craft meets home decor in this lifestyle book featuring 50-plus handmade projects for every room in the home. Crowther showcases beautifully styled rooms and calls out each unique and sophisticated item you can make in the room, from a sewn leather pillow for the bedroom to a pendant lamp and a large-scale print for the living room to tea towels for the kitchen. (September)
Survive the winter months with what the Danes call “hygge,” a concept that’s all about coziness, simple pleasures, and the company of loved ones. Embrace this warmhearted philosophy with these 25 crafts and recipes, which range from snuggly woolens to tasty treats. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or cook to complete the projects, which include easy-to-follow instructions and photographs. (October)
Canada’s doyenne of French cooking, now turns her attention to the recipe for domestic happiness. This is much more than a book about homemaking and entertaining. It is a book about living every day with a determination to turn the ordinary into something extraordinarily pleasing, whether the subject is decor, ambience, shopping, cooking, or planning a dinner party. (November)
This book is all about helping you turn your home into a comfortable space that reflects your best self. Organized room by room, each chapter delves into what each room represents in our lives, and how we can feel at home in our spaces and at home in ourselves. You don’t have to have the perfect life or the perfect home to make your space your own space. (September)
This comprehensive full-colour handbook for growing fruit in cold climates includes a detailed map and reference guide to zones, hardiness, planting time, and best practices to ensure growth and survival. From pincherries to haskaps, tree fruits to vine fruits, and everything in between, Bors and Williams delve into the science of growing fruit plants for northern gardeners. (December)
The whole range of Yogibo products are made from super-comfy, cotton-lycra fabric that stretches and moves with you. It feels luxurious against your skin and combined with the near-frictionless beads it completely molds to your body.
Yogibo Eco-friendly FUN-iture Ball $110.00
Zipparoll Convertible Pillow $31.00
Aroma Slippers, hot & cold foot therapy $36.00
Aromatherapy Sinus Mask $14.00
Heatable/Freezable Shoulder Wrap $31.00
Emile Henry Ceramic Cookware
Founded in 1850 and located in a small French town in the province of Burgandy, Emile Henry has established a worldwide reputation for manufacturing the finest quality ceramic ovenware, bakeware, and tableware.
Fish Grill $135.00
Papillote Steamer $160.00
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Bottleneck Wine Charm Sets
Turn any bottle into a gift! An innovative combination of greeting card message with bottle-hanger box from Teroforma. Just add to your bottle of choice for a personalized and fun gift. Each bottleneck mini includes a cheeky note on the back of the package. Set of 4. $11.00.
Grab + Go Bottleneck Holiday Minis
Four-pack holiday bottleneck charm sets. $40.00.
Coasters and Cheese Trays
Paint the town red, blue, green and yellow! Protect your table with these artist palette coasters from Fishs Eddy, or serve up anything, including cheese, on a Fishs Eddy artist palette cheese tray. Coasters $12.00. Cheese Trays $46.00.
Kilner Fermentation Jars provides the easy way to create and preserve your own delicious fermented fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals and probiotic cultures. $60.00.
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In this history of Canadian snack foods, of the independent producers who make them, and of the consumers who can’t put them down, Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolate maker Ganong. In so doing, she discusses the unique stories of their founders and their intense connection to specific locations. (September)
Chef David Lebovitz mines the subject of his evolving ex-pat life in Paris, using his experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one’s life. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humour with the help of his partner, Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his award-winning Paris kitchen. (November)
Action Bronson’s odyssey through the world of food is replete with orgiastic recipes, global travel, siren songs, and weed. It includes 40-plus recipes inspired by his childhood, family, tours, and travels. Journey from bagels with cheese that represent familial love to the sex and Big Macs of upstate New York fat camp and ultimately to the world’s most coveted five-star temples of gastronomy. (September)
The creators of Three Times a Day, Marilou and Alexandre Champagne are back with a second volume featuring more than 100 brand new recipes themed around practical categories like Indulgence, Entertaining, Quick & Easy, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegetarian, and His Choice in over 300 pages of delicious recipes beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout. (October)
As Valerie often says, there's a story behind every recipe, and the star of her own Food Network show shares them in this gorgeous cookbook, where home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are just as fresh, vibrant and down to earth as Valerie herself. Whatever the occasion, whether you’re dining alone or hosting family and friends over, these mouthwatering dishes will become your go-tos. (October)
Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food is all about making the journey to good food simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a meal together fast. With every recipe Jamie includes a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutritional information. (October)
Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his new book, which is a delectable introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, he shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthy, and at once elegant and easy. (October)
Ree Drummond provides readers with her very best make-it-happen dishes, pulled from her own nonstop life as a devoted wife, mother of four, food lover, and businesswoman. With a mix of flavours that will please everyone, her new book includes more than 125 of her best solutions for tasty, nutritious meals (with minimal fuss!) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (October)
Lynn Crawford shares her passion for seasonal cooking as she takes readers on a year-long journey with 140 original recipes, organized by season. Discover how easy it is to prepare fresh market ingredients, with a range of the chef’s favourite fruits and vegetables: peas and rhubarb in the spring, summer berries and corn, leeks and pears in the fall, and parsnips and squash in winter. (September)
Whether you are cooking for yourself, for a small family on a busy Tuesday, or for a Sunday dinner with friends, Deb Perelman — food blogger and creator of SmittenKitchen.com — has plans for you. Here are real recipes for real people, people who must balance work and family and still get dinner on the table, but who don’t want to sacrifice flavour or quality. (October)
Enjoy in-house specials inspired by recipes selected from Smitten Kitchen Every Day at our Prairie Ink Restaurants & Bakeries throughout November.
Sharon Hapton started Soup Sisters in 2009 to provide nutritious, delicious and comforting soup to women and children in need. What began as a single chapter in Calgary has now spread to over 20 cities across North America. Filled with easy-to-follow recipes, and the wonderful stories behind them, this compilation brings warmth and inspiration to your family’s kitchen. (October)
From the popular television competition show, MasterChef Junior Cookbook features 100 recipes from the first five seasons. Scattered throughout are technique sidebars that serve as teaching moments for young cooks to gain new skills with mom’s or dad’s assistance, plus colour photographs throughout that bring all the personality, humour, and joy of the show to life. (October)
TV chef and grandmother of Italian food gives us 220 recipes for entertaining with that distinctly Bastianich flare. From serving Mussels with Zucchini Salsa Verde at an intimate dinner party to making pizza for a group, Lidia Bastianich has recipes for all occasions. Beautifully illustrated and filled with her trademark warmth and enthusiasm, this is Lidia’s most festive book yet. (October)
This essential addition to every cook’s bookshelf shows you how to make the most of seasonal produce, using simple, inventive flavours and ingredients. Divided into six seasons, Anna Jones’s new cook book contains over 250 delicious vegetarian recipes interspersed with tips on everything from seasonal music playlists to flowers to look out for in each month of the year. (October)
The creators of the natural foods restaurant, Moosewood, are back with a new book containing over 250 never-before-published recipes. With the restaurant in its fifth decade, the Moosewood chefs continue to remain faithful to their farm-to-table philosophy, while keeping an eye on today's gastro-trends by experimenting with a wider variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. (September)
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: 10th Anniversary Ed.
by Mark Bittman
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Ten years ago, this breakthrough cookbook made vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone. Today, the issues surrounding a plant-based diet—health, sustainability, and ethics—continue to resonate. This new edition has been completely revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks. New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter onsmoothies, teas, and more. (November)
Featuring simple treats such as chocolate cookies to showstopping confections such as Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream, this collection of 130 recipes is a baker’s dream. Filled with delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections, it stars the signature flavour profiles and aromatic ingredients of the owner of London’s high-end Nopi restaurant, Yotam Ottolenghi. (October)
Bonné, one of the leading voices writing on wine today, covers 101 topics on drinking, buying, storing, and sharing wine told in very short lessons with highly editorialized illustrations to go along with each. This informative, concise, accessible guide to wine is the ultimate holiday gift for all wine lovers. (November)
This authoritative guide to Canadian whisky takes readers on a cross-country journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia in a celebration of the diversity of Canada’s unique spirit. In describing the history, industry, and culture of the spirit, Davin explores how it’s made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it. (October)
Fully revised and updated, The Cities Book, 2nd Edition is a celebration of 200 of the world's most exciting urban destinations, beautifully photographed and packed with trip advice and recommendations from our experts. The perfect companion for any traveller deciding what destination to visit next. (October)
Organised by continent, each route features a first-hand account, photographs, illustrated maps and practical advice on when to go, how to get there, where to stay and what to eat. From Hawaii's Hana Highway and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Road, to Utah's National Park Circuit and Germany's Black Forest High Road, this Lonely Planet title inspires any motorist to hit the open road. (August)
Matador Packable, Ultra-light Travel Gear
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Small 15in x 15in (39cm x 39cm) $24.00.
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Built from waterproof Cordura ripstop material, these large capacity backpacks fold up to fit in the palm of your hand. Available in 16 litre and 24 litre sizes.
Matador Daylite16 Weatherproof Packable Backpack $60.00.
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The fourth book in Kate Spade New York's series celebrates the women whose bold personalities and styles play an important role in the lives of women across the country. With rich photography, spirited quotes and profiles, amusing anecdotes, words of wisdom, and personal essays, SHE inspires readers to live a joyous, distinctly feminine, and wildly interesting life to the fullest every single day. (October)
Pixie Mood: Fashion with Compassion
Pixie Mood designs on-trend accessories that are vegan-friendly by using alternatives to leather and fur, making it easier to make a compassionate choice while still looking fabulous. Prices range from $24.00 to $78.00.
High Quality Artisanal Scarves
Sudarshan's cashmere, wool and silk scarves come alive with natural indigo dyeing, handblock prints, unique handloom weaves, and mud resist prints. Each sensitively takes advantage of the wabi sabi imperfections of traditional textile crafts and the warmth of the human touch. Prices range form $73.00 to $115.00.
Cozy up with a robe from Barefoot Dreams. The adjustable belt allows for a perfect fit, and the Cozychic material is irresistibly comfortable. It's just the thing to kick back in on a lazy weekend morning. Prices from $140.00.
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What if you had an effortless way to improve your mood, heal your body, lose weight, and feel fantastic? What if a cure for everything from fatigue to stress to chronic pain lay at your fingertips? In his ground-breaking book, Dr. Oz, bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning TV host, reveals how every meal, snack, and bite holds the solution to our health problems. (September)
See high intensity training in an entirely new light. You'll find 40 exercises, each detailed and depicted with art, photos, and modifications; 127 workouts and circuits to mix things up; warm-up, safety, and injury prevention recommendations; and if you're up to the challenge, an original 15-week program. Now is the time to make an impact. (September)
In 2010, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reporter Jason Lloyd uncovers a story that started as a tragedy but ended in a long-awaited NBA Championship for the team and the city. Along the way, Lloyd reveals how the NBA really works, and how everyone — from the front office to the coaches and the stars on the court — works together to create a winning team. (October)
Dryden tells the remarkable story of an unremarkable journeyman NHL defenceman, Steve Montador, who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions sustained throughout his playing career. In telling Montador's story, Dryden outlines a plan to counter the number one risk to hockey in the future — head injuries — without sacrificing the integrity of the game. (October)
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the NHL, Ty Dilello looks at fifty players that have shaped the history of hockey in Manitoba. Featuring detailed biographies, rare photographs and plenty of never-been-told before stories; Golden Boys is a delightful book, full of surprises, and sure to cause arguments amongst hockey fans young and old. (November)
The Hockey Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour didn’t look fearsome on a pair of skates, but few players matched his killer instincts in the faceoff circle or in front of the net. Gilmour has always been frank with the media, and his memoir is as revealing as it is hilarious. He played with the greatest players of his generation, and his love for the game and for life are legendary. (October)
Podnieks features profiles of more than 50 of today’s greatest NHL stars. Included are veterans like Sidney Crosby and arch-rival Alexander Ovechkin, but at the heart of the book is the youth movement that has given fans new optimism for an exciting future. Featuring dozens of full-colour photographs, this is a compelling addition to any hockey lover’s library. (October)
This image-rich celebration of the NHL mines a century of NHL hockey to find the game’s 100 most important moments. From Bobby Orr’s 1969-70 trophy haul to Detroit coach Scotty Bowman’s unprecedented icing of five Russians at once on the Red Wings’ way to their first of several Stanley Cups, these moments weren’t always the photogenic, but each changed the game. (November)
The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features. (September)
Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History
by Chuck D.
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In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Based on Chuck's longrunning show on Rapstation.com, this compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history in a comprehensive, chronological survey from 1973 to the present. (October)
In 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favourite moments in music. From Woodstock to the Whisky, Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin’ places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded. The result is a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. (October)
Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers, Doyle constantly took note of what he saw of our vast country as he and his bandmates toured Canada. With the same personable style found in his first book, the Great Big Sea front man returns with a candid and heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time. (October)
Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Canadians. Composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, Reckless Daughter reveals the stories behind the famous songs from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her bout with polio at age nine, her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love aﬀairs to the present. (October)
The opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman has moved audiences around the world with her unique gifts. In this insightful memoir, Brueggergosman shares her experiences with music, but also her ongoing struggle to balance her ambition with a life fully lived. Through it all, she has weathered the storms, bolstered by her faith and family, and revelling in her appetite for music, food, yoga and sex. (October)
Gordon Lightfoot’s songs have inspired fans for more than fifty years. Set against the turbulent era of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, Lightfoot chronicles how the boy from small-town Ontario became the legendary bard of Canada, from his early efforts to his glory years performing in concert halls around the globe and the toll his hard-living lifestyle had on his health and relationships. (October)
Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances of lead singer Bruce Dickinson. In his long-awaited memoir, he discusses his thirty years with Maiden, his solo career, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer. (November)
Having scored Juno-awards with Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, as well as his work with his psychedelic folk project Lee Harvey Osmond, Tom Wilson lived and worked without knowing who he was until he was 53. Now, in a story of profound understanding and forgiveness, he reaches out to both his families, the one that raised him and the one that runs in his veins. (November)
The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider’s trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the 20th century. This fascinating and complex portrait of Wenner is also a biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in North America over the last fifty years. (October)
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Headphones
Lightweight, bone conduction technology, an open ear design and a suite of convenient features deliver premium listening experience that allow you to hear your surroundings no matter where life takes you. Works with any Bluetooth enabled device. $130.00.
Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Netflix’s original series The Crown paints an intimate portrait of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. This official companion to the show’s first season is an in-depth exploration of the early years of Elizabeth II’s time as Queen, complete with additional material and beautifully reproduced images. (October)
This vibrant tribute to the beloved canon of Pixar films and characters features five spreads with over 30 pop-ups by artist and pop-up master Matthew Reinhart. Like each Pixar movie, each pop contains Easter eggs for other Pixar films. The result is a breathtaking work of art that revisits Pixar's impressive history. (November)
With a rare mix of honesty, humour, and compassion, Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. While he’s worked on this material as part of his comedy, he’s never before shared the tools that took him out of it. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world. (October)
More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. Sumptuously illustrated, this companion book transports readers to the private world of Victoria and Albert and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creators who made the series such a success. (November)
The Best of McNally Robinson — at The Forks
In Winnipeg, McNally Robinson Booksellers is opening a satellite store early in the New Year at the historic Forks Market, situated at the confluence of the red and Assiniboine Rivers.
Located on the mezzanine at the east end of the building, next to the elevator for easy access, the store will feature the best of the new literary fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as a selection of our finest gift items. McNally Robinson for Kids and for Babies will also be there with your favourite books for children and teens.
Unafraid to wrestle with big ideas, the Canadian art-rockers are bigger, bolder and more fearful of the future than ever on their latest album. The thirteen tracks feature a mix of electropop, funk, and deceptively ABBA style tunes that tackle complexities other bands might eschew. Perhaps offering a subtle criticism of commercial culture, the CDs and records are available in a number of different cover treatments.
Playback revisits the solo career of the iconic Beach Boys songwriter with a new 18-song collection that covers more than 30 years of music with selections from nine of Wilson's solo albums. It mixes studio and live recordings with two previously unreleased tracks: "Run James Run," a new song Wilson wrote for this collection, and "Some Sweet Day," an unreleased gem he wrote with Andy Paley in the 1990s.
The follow-up to 2014's Morning Phase, and Beck’s 13th studio album, was largely produced by Beck and Greg Kurstin during the last four years and includes the previous singles “Wow” and “Dreams.” Cheerier and more experimental than Beck’s last LP, good feelings permeate the music in the form of an experimental collage of bright pop sounds.
Diana Krall's 13th studio album celebrates Jazz and the Great American Songbook, reuniting her with Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
Postmodern Jukebox is a rotating music collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee that re-imagines contemporary pop, rock, and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown or as Bradlee puts it, "pop music in a time machine." The Essentials is a compilation album of the Postmodern Jukebox's greatest hits.
Nat King Cole & Me
by Gregory Porter
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Two-time Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter s third Blue Note album is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and recording artist Nat King Cole. With the help of arranger Vince Mendoza and the London Studio Orchestra, Porter revisits some of Cole's most cherished classics such as "Mona Lisa," "L-O-V-E," "Nature Boy," and "The Christmas Song."
The Waterboys remain one of the most interesting and prolific bands that came out of the vibrant and stylistically diverse '80s music scene. Led by the literate singer/songwriter Mike Scott, the group's sole constant member since forming in London in 1981, the band's latest album is a rich feast of country, soul and down-home rock'n'roll, and maintains Scotts vision of what has become known as big music.
Since adopting the St. Vincent moniker a decade ago, Annie Clark has dabbled in genres ranging from orchestral chamber music to post-punk. For her fifth album, Clark recruited pop hitmaker Jack Antonoff (Lorde, Taylor Swift) to give her intricate compositions some addictive '80s-inspired verve. Her off-kilter melodies and typically sly lyrics shine on top of Antonoff's grooves.
On January 21st and 22nd of 2016, world-renowned Blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique allacoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. This evening of extraordinary music, with new arrangements of favourite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard pieces, is captured here in both audio versions and movie versions.
Sonny Landreth's unique spin on guitar playing has made him legendary. Along the way he has continued to develop his vision and his musical voice, growing increasingly original and diverse, expanding from blues, zydeco, folk, country and jazz. This album is a perfect showcase of Landreths talents and skills. Disc one contains a full acoustic set and disc two his full electric set.
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition
by The Beatles
CD $18.99. 2-CD Deluxe Set $27.99. Vinyl 2-LP Set $43.99.
Super Deluxe 6-Disc Set (includes 4-CDs, a DVD, & a Blu-ray) $185.99.
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It was 50 years ago this June when The Beatles ushered in the Summer of Love with this groundbreaking masterwork that has become popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. All the deluxe versions feature previously unreleased alternate takes of each of the album’s 13 songs, and more.
Their Satanics Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Edition
by The Rolling Stones
2-LP Vinyl, 2 SACD Set $107.99.
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Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in December 1967. Recording sessions saw the band experimenting with a psychedelic sound, incorporating unconventional instruments, sound effects, string arrangements, and African rhythms. Includes 20-page book, with essay by Rob Bowman, and photos from original cover shoot.
Their new album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written "Is It Too Much" to close out the ten-song set.
Ever since forming his backing group the Fabulous Superlatives in 2003, Marty Stuart has specialized in exploring various paths in country music's past. Conceived as a love letter to the magical American West, Stuart's 18th studio album, in collaboration with producer Mike Campbell (guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is a fevered Fantasia of cowboys, truck drivers, surfers, and other rebels.
by Kacy & Clayton
CD $14.99. Vinyl $17.99.
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On their third album, the Saskatchewan band Kacy & Clayton are more confident than ever. Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and recorded at the band's Chicago studio (The Loft), The Siren's Song follows Kacy & Claytons 2016 record Strange Country. It is the first album on which Kacy Anderson and duo partner Clayton Linthicum have incorporated electric full-band arrangements.
This album brings together the legend's yuletide performances from his 1957 Elvis' Christmas Album, the best-selling holiday album of all time, and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the tracks are "Blue Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "White Christmas" and "Silent Night."
by Cheap Trick
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Hot on the heels of their 18th studio album, We're All Right! Cheap Trick has "surrendered" to Christmas album fever with their first-ever holiday record. Christmas Christmas features three new Cheap Trick compositions, including the lead track, "Merry Christmas, Darlings," plus covers of Yuletide classics by the Ramones, the Kinks, Slade, Chuck Berry, Harry Nilsson, among others.
by The Fraternity
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Be transported throughout ancient history to all regions of the world with this beautiful and unique presentation by The Fraternity, an international community considered one of the top specialists in Gregorian Chant in the world. This unique recording contains twenty tracks of sublime treasures, mostly Gregorian chant, and concludes with polyphonic motets striking just the right ending accent.
by Jesse Cook
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Widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, Cook incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. The most sonically diverse and distinctive disc yet in the Juno award-winning guitarists varied catalogue, Cooks new album is an in depth musical journey that explores the exotic boundaries of World Music.
Recorded with bandmates Jason Tait (Bahamas, Weakerthans), Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities, Sheepdogs) and Julie Penner (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think), Winnipegs Slow Leaves, a.k.a Grant Davidson, continues to spare nothing in creating vivid images and heartfelt connections, delivered with poetic lyrics and lilting melodies in the timeless spaces where heart and humility endure.
Lady In Mind
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It doesnt take long to fall in love with the powerhouse voice and infectious melodies of Winnipeg singer-songwriter Alexa Dirks, a.k.a. Begonia. The former member of the Juno-winning group Chic Gamine cites '90s R&B, '70s folk and Fiona Apple as key influences on this her debut, fivesong EP, which features a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover.
No Remedy for Love
by Liona Boyd
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The winner of five Juno Awards and known the world over as "The First Lady of the Guitar," Boyd has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles. The central theme of her new album is love in its many incarnations, from love for the planet and animals to romantic love and love for the place she now calls home. No Remedy for Love was inspired by the melodic folk, pop and classical music she grew up with and embraces a variety of influences across its seventeen tracks.
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The fourth studio album by the cello duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser takes on favourites of the big and small screens, from the 1960s for Henry Mancini's "Moon River" to Ramin Djawadi's music for TV's Game of Thrones. 2Cellos are joined by the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor/arranger Robin Smith, who puts appropriate focus on the duo's own cello arrangements.
Songs from Assisi
by Friar Alessandro
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The talented young Friar has enchanted the world with his uplifting songs and beautiful voice. This is a new recording from a concert he did of his favourite songs in a cathedral in Assisi, Italy. They include "Panis Angelicus," "A Gaelic Blessing," "Ave Maria," "Here I am Lord," "Agnus Dei," "Pater Noster," "Amazing Grace," "Ave Verum Corpus," "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," and 10 more hymns.
Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer win your heart all over again as Jean and Lionel in this complete collection, now fully remastered. Share life, love and laughter as the two separated sweethearts meet again by chance after forty years. Includes a never-before-seen interview with Dame Judi discussing the BBC’s most enduring romantic comedy series, plus excerpts from Dench’s BAFTA tribute.
In 1935, with little money and less prospects, widowed Louisa Durrell gathers up her four kids and departs their home on Britain’s south coast to carve out a new life on the Greek isle of Corfu. Follow the further adventures of Louisa and her brood as they continue to put down roots in their dilapidated rented house, alongside an ever-increasing menagerie of animals brought home by youngest son Gerry.
Screen legends Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in one of this 1942 holiday classic, featuring “White Christmas.” Crosby plays a song-and-dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady.
Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn't remember being nursed back to life after his car spins off the road in a blizzard. But he will never forget his benefactor, Annie Wilkes. Adapted from the novel by Stephen King, the story unfolds as Paul recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin, only to discover his "number one fan" intends to make him her personal prisoner for the rest of his life.
1794: While war and the revolution in France hang over Britain, in Cornwall, George Warleggan grows his empire with a view to crush the Poldarks while Ross and Demelza attempt to keep the peace and repair their relationship at Nampara. However, the arrival of Demelza's brothers disturbs the fragile truce. Facing battles at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?
Formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) is pitted against various romantic foils, chief among them her ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit. A fast-talking comedy as well as a tale of regret and reconciliation, this convergence of goldenage talent makes for one of the greatest American films of all time.
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for Kids, Babies, and Teens
Every year we celebrate an author / illustrator in our holiday Books of the Season catalogue. This year we are pleased to feature the evocative artwork of Matt James from his book, When the Moon Comes.
Matt James is a Canadian painter, illustrator, and musician. His vibrant and imaginative work has won many prestigious awards including the New Mexico Book Award for Yellow Moon, Apple Moon (2008); the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for I Know Here (2010); and the Governor General's Award for Illustration for Northwest Passage (2013).
When the Moon Comes is an atmospheric story written by Paul Harbridge about a group of kids playing hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that speaks to readers young and old.
The beaver flood has finally frozen — perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. For the kids in town, it’s Christmas in November. They wait, impatiently, for the right moment.
Finally, it arrives: the full moon. They huff and puff through logging trails, farms, back roads and tamarack swamps, the powdery snow soaking pant legs and boots, till they see it: their perfect ice, waiting. And the game is on.
When the Moon Comes is steeped in tradition and nostalgia: for hockey, for childhood, for a simpler time. The beauty of the text is matched by Matt James’ richly evocative illustrations that wonderfully capture the magic of a moonlit winter night.
Excerpted from When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge. Text Copyright © 2017 Paul Harbridge. Illustrations Copyright © Matt James. Published by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
In 1977, when Jim Henson debuted the film Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, few knew it was based on a book by Russell and Lillian Hoban. With an score by Paul Williams, the movie remains a holiday viewing tradition in homes across North America. Now the book that started it all is back in print, in a beautiful gift edition to thrill Muppets fans young and old. (October) (Ages 3-7)
Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this retelling of the classic ballet story. Watch the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement await. Includes music from: “The Dance of the Reed Flutes,” “The Waltz of Flowers,” and 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” (October) (Ages 6-9)
On a cold and rainy evening, the curtains rise on The Nutcracker and a girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theatre. Elly MacKay mixes her paper-cut artwork with vibrant colours in this whimsical, dreamlike, and inspiring wordless picture book to tell the story of a girl who discovers the wonders of dance and music on an otherwise dreary evening. (October) (Ages 4-8)
Nothing says holiday cheer quite like candy canes, hot cocoa, and DINOSAURS! Cordelia is celebrating her favourite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies and everything is just peachy — as long as nobody topples the Christmas tree. Oops… too late! This year, will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for? (October) (Ages 3-5)
Santa’s parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby’s gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh, and has an unusual interest in chimneys. Now in board book format, this is the adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny. (October) (Ages 2 & up)
Seek and find characters from the popular holiday classic on each page of this seek-and-find book and follow them throughout the story. Each page contains beautifully illustrated characters to find and details to spot, accompanied by an abridged text. This seek-andfind book introduces younger children to the wide world of Charles Dickens. (October) (Ages 8 & up)
When the elves discover that Santa's sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild. Soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more! This turbo-charged read-aloud is a spirited vehicular adventure packed with silliness and classic Christmas cheer aplenty. (October) (Ages 3-5)
In this fun and playful Chanukah twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” the itsy bitsy dreidel gets ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights with the lighting of the menorah. (September) (Ages 2-4)
Sammy Spider and his buddy Josh are back in their third holiday board book! This time Sammy is enjoying the Hanukkah celebration with his human while also learning about colours. A companion to Sammy Spider's Passover Shapes and Sammy Spider's First Book of Jewish Holidays. (September) (Ages 2-4)
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Folding out car by car, this accordionstyle book takes readers on a tour of what’s inside a train. Each car has something to find — things that make loud noises, things in different shapes. The back of the book is a running landscape dotted with objects for children to find and count, making All Aboard! a fun, interactive ride from beginning to end. (September) (Ages 1-3)
Now available in board book format, this Arctic counting book celebrates animals in a wild winter landscape. Through an exploration of the isolation and the beauty of northern winter, folk artist Maxwell Newhouse invites children to count down from ten crunching caribou to one silent moose in this deceptively simple counting book that features bold colours and shapes. (October) (Ages 2 & up)
Not only does Yoga strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible. Bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds teams up with author and certified Yoga instructor Susan Verde in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. (October) (Ages 4-8)
Chris Haughton knows what makes people tick… and what makes kids laugh. The three books in this essential collection are as pithy as fables, as chortle-icious as knock-knock jokes, and as fitting in nursery collections as the works of Lear, Carroll, Seuss, or Goose. Included in this box are Little Owl Lost, Oh No, George!, and Shh! We Have a Plan. (October) (Ages 2-5)
In this companion to Alphablock, Countablock, Dinoblock, and Cityblock, readers are introduced to more than 24 construction machines. As in the previous books, Buildablock features die-cut shapes on every other spread and the charming art of British design team Peskimo. (September) (Ages 1-4)
A brand new construction system that takes simple cubes and makes them magical! Each set features images to create, and the magnets inside mean that the youngest child can enjoy fitting them together. Combing the best features of building toys and block puzzles, Magicube sets can be enjoyed by toddlers and all through the pre-school years! Sets range in price from $20.00 to $60.00.
Stacking Music Set
Make wonderful music and explore melody and rhythm with this innovative set. Children can stack the differently sized blocks in any way they see fit, exploring music and shapes as they play. Ages 18 months & up. $50.00.
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ABC Color combines learning the alphabet with colours for an educational and fun board book for young children. Each page of this beautifully illustrated book features a different letter and little-known colour, so children can learn about both topics at one time.(November) (Ages 3-6)
From aardvark to zebra, this beautifully illustrated abecedarian collection of animals is a delight for readers of all ages. Graham Carter’s unique illustrations blend printmaking and other art styles to create multilayered, textural pieces that can be pored over for hours. Each animal is also accompanied by a brief, lyrical description of its features. (October) (Ages 2-5)
Feast your eyes on opposites like you’ve never seen them before! This fabulously clever novelty book is full of surprises. Ingenious paper engineering and gorgeous artwork combine to make an enormously fun opposites book for all readers. Tom Frost’s razzle-dazzle illustrations make this pop-up, fold-down, pull-out book something to be treasured. (October) (Ages 3-7)
As different as night and day, goes the old saying, and this elegant book takes readers through a series of opposites of all kinds, from large to small (and tiny), long and short, front and behind, above, below, open, closed, together and alone. Colourful pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and cut-outs create an interactive reading experience that is both lively and instructive. (October) (Ages 5 and under)
For 3 to 5 year olds. No registration required. Saskatoon in the Story circle, Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM. Winnipeg in the Atrium, Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM.
As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But when an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the storm, they must ask these outsiders for help. This heartwarming story delivers a timeless message about the importance of kindness and generosity. (October) (Ages 3-7)
A little girl stands alone and sings, but no matter how much she tries and wherever she goes, she hears no response — until one morning she wakes to an amazing sound. She has been heard. At last. With a simple narrative and expressive illustrations, La La La brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that takes readers on an emotionally satisfying journey. (October) (Ages 4-8)
Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. (September) (Ages 4-7)
Everyone knows Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall and had a great fall. But what happened after? This poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favourite place was to be high up on the city wall — that is, until his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? (October) (Ages 4-8)
When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs. Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. (October) (Ages 4-8)
Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. When a ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find the answers to his questions in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure. (September) (Ages 4-8)
Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove hasfeathers. One day they list their differences and conclude they aren’t meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favourite song, Yak and Dove begin to think that maybe they are alike after all. (September) (Ages 4-8)
One day Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Frankenthaler the monster. It's her friend, Kerry! Kerry, the second most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Leonardo the monster. It's his friend, Sam! "AAAAH!" yells Sam. "EEEEK!" yells Kerry. Something BIG has to be done. But what? (September) (Ages 3-5)
Old Mr. Johnson lives a peaceful life, but all that changes when a cat shows up on his doorstep. The cat turns out to be trouble, and Mr. Johnson tries to get rid of the unwanted cat. But the cat comes back, and it keeps coming back no matter what. One of three new titles in the Firefly-NFB partnership, this rollicking tale captivates young and old alike. (September) (Ages 5-8)
As a child in Pakistan, Malala wished for a magic pencil to erase the smell of garbage or to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. This picture book tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope, even in the most difficult of times. (October) (Ages 4-8)
The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way)
by Patrick Mcdonnell
$23.49. Children's hardcover.
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It starts with an alligator and a bear chasing a cat. When a dragon (and a chicken and an egg!) join in pursuit, things start to get really interesting. In this hilarious, high-energy alphabetical adventure, a wild and wacky chase through snow and ice, to jungles and over mountaintops, leads the whole crew to a wonderful realization: They're better off as friends. (September) (Ages 3-6)
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve just arrived. Your head is filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. Here We Are is the new, thought-provoking picture book from the creator of Lost and Found. (November) (Ages 2-8)
Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred, and soon everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societalnorms. (September) (Ages 5-8)
This collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a tongue-twisting, topsy-turvy language all their own. This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives feature the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends rendered in Shel Silverstein’s singular style. (September) (Ages 4-8)
Unlike many anglers, Bao and his father fish for food, not recreation, on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. A successful catch means a fed family. Between casts, Bao's father tells him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam in this rewarding tale of an immigrant family making its way in a new home while honouring its bonds to the past. (August) (Ages 6-8)
Inspired by the expression “once in a blue moon,” Danielle Daniel has created a book of short poems, each of which describes a rare or special experience that turns an ordinary day into a memorable one. In simple words and delightful images, Once in a Blue Moon celebrates the magical moments that can be found in the wonders of nature, from seeing a double rainbow to spotting a turtle basking in the sun. (October) (Ages 4-7)
Perry Polar Bear
For the cosiest cuddles in the whole North Pole, skate on over to Perry Polar Bear! Unbelievably snuggly, this cloudy cream cub is as soft as freshly fallen snow. He sits so neatly on his beany bottom, and has the cutest bobble nose and nubbly tail. Hold him close and turn chilly days into silly days!
Large (14 inches) $53.50
Small (10 inches) $30.50
There’s a monster named Fred under Leo’s bed making a ruckus every night. When Leo needs to go to the bathroom, he leaps from the bed to the door, careful to keep his feet out of the monster’s reach. But one night Leo gets tired of being scared and boldly calls out to Fred to see if they can work something out in this laugh-out-loud book about befriending the monster under the bed. (September) (Ages 6-8)
Elephant and Piggie love to read. This lyrical beginning-reader by multi award-winning artist Bryan Collier turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair. Beautifully rendered art paired with rich, rhyming dialog creates a powerful reading experience. (November) (Ages 6-8)
It's a zombie kitten apocalypse! Can the Bad Guys save the world from evil Dr. Marmalade's meowing monsters! They'll need help from foxy Agent Fox, a swampy secret zombie antidote, and the feistiest, toothiest, hungriest granny around. Get ready to watch the fur fly in this hilarious illustrated chapter book where the bad guys are doing good deeds. (September) (Ages 7-10)
Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort are having a princess playdate — until a monster tries to eat someone’s kitty. But when Princess in Black arrives on the scene, she finds only a masked stranger. Action and humour abound in this ode to friendship that proves that when shape-shifting monsters intrude on your plans, two heroes are better than one. (September) (Ages 5-8)
The City Playset
This city in a box is the perfect toy for imaginative play and little mess! The cube unfolds into a playmat with 70 individual pieces consisting of buildings, trees cars, even boats and a train! Great play value, and perfect for homes or cottages where space is at a premium. Lots of fun and easy clean up! Ages 3–6. $70.00.
Crash Test Lab
Crash Test Lab’s cool, customizable Crash Cart comes with a removable roll cage, two types of bumpers, and a safety harness. The included activity book demonstrates how Newton’s Laws of Motion relate to car crashes (and more importantly, to car safety) and provides ideas for hours of crash test experimentation. Ages 8 & up. $37.00.
With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But what's billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster? (Ages 8-12)
The Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures is an institution run by a cunning villainess who believes her terrified charges exist only to serve and suffer. With its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók’s debut tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with a desperate desire to belong and the courage to seek his destiny. (September) (Ages 10-14)
You’ve never seen Earth like this before: cities rebuilt, continents reshaped, dinosaurs roaming the plains beside herds of buffalo. Armand Baltazar introduces the first in a new science fiction/fantasy series that explores a world painted new by the Time Collision. Integrating art and text, this epic and cinematic adventure features more than 150 full-colour illustrations. (October) (Ages 8-12)
This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught to hate each other like poison, and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high adventure series set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. (September) (Ages 9-11)
Set in a place that sits on the border of enchantment and with characters who are grounded in real emotions, author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin takes readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.” (October) (Ages 8-12)
In the second book by the author of Hour of the Bees, Fidelia Quail is kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous. Her task? To use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure from the ocean floor. But as they close in on the prize, Fidelia wonders if something other than black-hearted greed is driving him? Can Fidelia piece together the mystery before it’s too late? (October) (8-12)
When Charlie Fisher witnesses a group of pickpockets pull off an amazing robbery, little does he realize he’s about to enter the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. But Charlie soon finds himself drawn into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined. (October) (Ages 8-12)
Having been born on Eventide, Morrigan Crow is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a stranger whisks her away to the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. But the stranger has selected Morrigan for a reason in this breathtaking new series in which a young girl is tested beyond the limits of her imagination. (November) (Ages 8-12)
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal everything they can get their hands on. From actor Neil Patrick Harris, this is the first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. (November) (Ages 3-7)
An oak tree many rings old, Red is the neighbourhood "wishtree." People write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with the animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighbourhood. But when a new family moves in, not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. (September) (Ages 8-12)
Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë invent a game called Glass Town. When they are whisked away to a real Glass Town, the children trade the moors for a wonderland exactly as they envisioned it… or almost. Together the Brontë siblings must battle their own creation in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature. (September) (Ages 10 & up)
While her family settles into their new house, Henrietta begins to see things in the shadows. With only stories for company, she discovers the house is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden. One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world. (November) (Ages 8-12)
Wherever goes Christopher Rowe, the protagonist of the Blackthorn Key series, adventure always follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin. In the third installment of Sands' award-winning series, Christopher, Tom, and Sally face new codes, puzzles, and traps as they race to find the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered. (September) (Ages 10-14)
With paint, pencil and pixels, Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world of Harry Potter as never seen before in this new fully illustrated edition. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition chronicles Harry in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he faces Dementors, death omens and, of course, danger. (October) (Ages 9 & up)
This glorious new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon, all beautifully illustrated in full colour. This new edition features a fully updated text which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America. (November) (Ages 9-11)
This young readers’ edition of Ingenious focuses on 50 kid-friendly Canadian innovations that changed the world, from canoes to whoopie cushions, chocolate bars to Pablum. Co-written by Canada’s Governor General, this adaptation offers young Canadians a way to celebrate our history and world contributions on Canada’s 150th birthday. (October) (Ages 8-12)
From the team behind Atlas of Adventures comes a prehistoric journey of discovery. Embark on over thirty dinosaur adventures around the world! Travel back in time to lock horns with a triceratops, stalk prey with a T-Rex, and learn to fly with a baby Pteranodon. With hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn, this is the biggest Atlas adventure yet! (October) (Ages 6-9)
How much do clouds weigh? Who invented the pencil? How many ways can you tie a knot? Put a world of information at your fingertips and discover the answers to these and many other questions in this elegant and absorbing miscellany of general knowledge. Perfect for all ages, this book will amuse and intrigue even the most curious minds. (October) (Ages 9 & up)
Twelve collectors, from toy makers and monster hunters, to sailors and archaeologists, have created their own themed cabinets and filled them with their favourite things. Lift the flaps and open the cabinet doors to discover 100 objects from our planet's weird and wonderful past and present, then read fascinating stories behind each one and find out where to see them in real life. (October) (Ages 8-12)
Pinball Science is a hands-on opportunity for children to build their own pinball machine and learn about basic science from its workings. With chapters that include "Uphill and Downhill," "Flipping Levers," and "Simple Machines," this cool handbook is packed with graphics to help young scientists come to grips with concepts like gravity, force, and acceleration. (October) (Ages 7-10)
From fruit to flies, from coral to clouds, from mountains to mammals, this remarkable visual encyclopedia is the perfect tool for curious minds to find out how things work and why they exist. Through close-ups and cross-sections, exploded images, and x-rays, young readers can discover the wonders of plants, animals, and the living world around us. (October) (Ages 9-12)
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of middle school. She also misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she still misses him because he's changed. Luckily Sunny has her best friend and a mysterious new neighbour on her side, and she is determined to remain Sunny-side up! (September) (Ages 8-12)
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to train as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. How? She’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But when she falls in with a group of girls who encourage her to do something mean, Impy wonders if she’s the dragon in her own story or the heroic knight. (September) (Ages 9-12)
Although Dawn Schafer, the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club, is still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook, she's eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any babysitter. The house is a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises. Was joining The Baby-sitters Club a mistake? (September) (Ages 8-12)
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted, and he's still fascinated by witchery. From the illustrator of the web comic Strong Female Protagonist comes a debut graphic novel about family, identity, courage, and magic. (November) (Ages 8-12)
In the first Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel, Phoebe and Marigold investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it's just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. Together, they must solve the mystery and save the town. (October) (Ages 7-12)
Dog Man: The Epic Collection
by Dav Pilkey
$38.97. Box Set.
Reader Reward Price $35.07
The howl-arious series now available in a boxset! Includes three full-colour books: Dog Man, Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2), A Tale of Two Kitties (Dog Man #3). From the creator of Captain Underpants, this crime-biting canine is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! (September) (Ages 7-18)
This soft, high-quality plush toy is a crime-fighting canine part dog, part man, and ALL HERO. Safe for all ages, the plush Dogman is 9.5 inches tall including legs and 7.5 inches tall when sitting. $26.00.
Avonlea beckons in this cookbook inspired by L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. From Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches to Anne's Liniment Cake, these recipes are easy to prepare and delicious to serve up any day or for a special occasion. With full-colour photography, whimsical illustrations, and quotes from the books, get ready to be immersed in Anne Shirley's world. (September)
When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an 11-year-old, red-headed orphan named Anne Shirley to help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. The magic of L.M. Montgomery's treasured classic is re-imagined in this whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. (November) (Ages 7–12)
Introduce little ones to beloved redheaded orphan Anne Shirley as they explore Prince Edward Island and the places that Anne loves. With their words and bright illustrations, Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver introduce toddlers to Anne’s home and her favourite pond, wood, field, garden, and the avenue to Avonlea. (August) (Ages 1-3)
Everyone’s favourite bespectacled explorer has been many places — the land of dragon flyers, a Jurassic arena of sports-loving dinosaurs, the set of black-and-white movies in Hollywood. Join Waldo as he handpicks his favourite journeys of all time, revisiting twelve of his most fantastic travels in a new format that includes a surprise at the end of the book. (September) (Ages 5-9)
Drawing! Colouring! Sculpting! Gaming! Puzzling! In the first-ever Elephant & Piggie ART-ivity book, Art Vaark introduces Elephant & Piggie (and kids) to an incredible span of artistic styles: a "banana" still life; a colour-by-number Piggie "Scream" painting; a scrap-paper collage (for which you earn an official "Collage Diploma"); and so much more. (September) (Ages 4-8)
What to do, when there's nothing to do? The answer to that on a rainy day, or any other day, is to join Phoebe and Her Unicorn for a splendiforous variety of challenging puzzles to pass the time away. Phoebe and her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, present hours of challenging crossword, wordsearch, and sudoku puzzles, along with mazes and word games. (October) (Ages 7–12)
Whether they're looking for a tooth fairy to help them when they've lost a tooth or a brave fairy to give them courage when they're afraid, this kit comes complete with ten projects to make all of their wishes come true. Kids can decorate a fairy door, dress up a special fairy doll, craft a wand, and more, to turn the experience into the perfect fairy tale. (October) (Ages 4 & up)
This DIY night-light kit comes with four different backgrounds, five landscapes, and over fifty transparent punch-outs that can be mixed and matched to create 3D scenes that glow at night. It's surely a dream come true! 3 AAA batteries not included. (September) (Ages 4 & up)
Two tales, Coyote Sings to the Moon and Coyote’s New Suit, set in a time “when animals and human beings still talked to each other,” display Thomas King’s cheeky humour and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for newly independent readers. (October)(Ages 6-9)
Echo Desjardins, a 13 year-old Métis girl, is struggling with loneliness at her new school and with a new foster family. Then one day in history class, Echo is transported to another time and place — a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie — and back to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican wars. (November) (Ages 14-18)
The third book in this unique series introduces preschool and kindergarten classrooms interested in learning English, French or Cree as a second language to everyday words by using original and vibrant illustrations. Featuring early education level concepts familiar to everyone, this dynamic series educates and entertains preschoolers, parents, and teachers alike. (November) (Ages 3 & up)
When Cole Harper returns to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and questions about Cole's role in the tragedy that drove him away ten years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, and his two oldest friends, Cole tries to unravel the mysteries he left behind. (November) (13 & up)
This book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. Using archeological finds and scientific research, the authors take the reader as far back as 14,000 years ago to the Ice Age to picture how Indigenous people lived pre-contact. A wide variety of topics are featured, from the animals that came and disappeared over time, to what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. (September) (Ages 11 & up)
Nimoshom loves to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he has something to say. Sometimes, he tells the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he teaches the kids a new word in Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book. (November) (Ages 4-8)
Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the powerful voices of Indigenous women who not only make themselves heard but demand change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, this eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art gives teen readers insight into the real lives of real women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible. (September) (Ages 12 & up)
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. (October)
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. John Green’s long-awaited new novel is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. (October)
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross is a way of life. It’s also a magnet for illegal gambling. Teenage hacker Emika Chen gets the job of her dreams when she’s hired by the game’s reclusive creator to be a spy inside the annual Warcross Championships. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. (September) (Ages 12 and Up)
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, the lavishly illustrated short stories in this collection are filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Travel to a world of dark bargains, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and a river might do a love-struck boy's bidding, for a price. (September)
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there can be treacherous, and to survive Leo and his friends will have to defy impossible odds. (October)
The son of a time traveller from 2354, Farway Gaius McCarthy wants to explore history for himself. But after failing his entrance exam into a government program, he joins a time-travelling crew of thieves. During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, he meets a mysterious girl who leads Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out. (September)
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with sexist dress codes at her high school, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv is fed up with following the rules. When she creates a feminist zine, Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings to start nothing less than a girl revolution. (September)
Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin — Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley — love their summers at camp. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the tallest mountain they’ve ever seen, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People. (Ages 10-14)
This debut novel evolves in a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, the two best friends document every moment to each other. But as each grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance? (September)
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At its heart lives a family who can perform miracles, and three cousins longing to change the future. But miracles don't always turn out the way you expect. (October) (Ages 12 & up)
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. From the author of We Were Liars comes the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. (September)
The Renegades are a syndicate of humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society. They remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone, except the villains they once overthrew. Nova, who has a reason to hate the Renegades, is on a mission for vengeance, until she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. (November)
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is travelling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since his parents’ divorce. When the plane crashes, Brian is the sole survivor, alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his a tattered windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present. Includes a new introduction and pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis. (October) (Ages 10-14)
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