Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Thousand Sisters Book Launch and Fundraiser

Zerofootprint Foundation Invites you to join
Lisa Shannon, author of A Thousand Sisters and Dominique Bikaba of the Congolese
Pole Pole Foundation for two inspirational events to fundraise for Zerofootprint Foundation projects supporting women and the environment in the Congo.

Monday, May 10, 2010
Private Reception, 5:30pm
Meet Lisa Shannon and Dominique Bikaba for an intimate reception.
Panorama Lounge, 51st Floor, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto
For every $150 donated, one ticket and signed book will be issued.

Book Reading, 7:00pm
A special appearance by Lisa Shannon. Open to all, A free event!
Indigo Books, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto
30% of the proceeds from book sales at the event will go towards supporting the Congo.

Contact Doree at
doree.marentette@zerofootprint.net or at (416) 365-7557 x 167.

Learn more about Zerofootprint’s projects in the Congo click here!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Award Winner!

Sherman Alexie has won the PEN/Faulkner Award! Alexie's 2009 novel, War Dances, came out on top of a list of finalists that included literary greats Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore, along with Coleson Whitehead and Lorraine N. Lopez.

Sherman Alexie has previously won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, awarded in 2007 for "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," as well as the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his contribution to Native American writing. Alexie's writing, which includes four novels, three short story collections, and poetry, focuses on Native American characters and issues, though he is well known for making these topics widely accessible and relatable.

PEN/Faulkner judge Al Young commented on choosing "War Dances":

""War Dances" taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don't live now--this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book."

Available at bookstores everywhere.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New In Fiction

A great early review for the playfully titled Orion You Came and Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan

"[A] sublime and cryptic debut in the vein of Sam Lipsyte's The Subject Steve . . . At its heart, the novel is an impressionistic tale propelled by Henehan's gorgeously arch prose and a constant stream of droll humor. The ephemeral plotting will either be frustrating or fabulous, depending on the reader, but there's no doubt that Henehan is a talent." --Publishers Weekly

The book is published by Milkweed Editions and is due to hit stores May.

Monday, March 1, 2010

What Is Happiness by Deepak Chopra....NYC January 2010

Deepak Chopra on Happiness.

Catch Deepak in Montreal!
Happening Now: An Evening with Deepak Chopra in Montreal.
Dr. Deepak Chopra will be speaking at le Theatre Maisonneuve at La Place des arts, on March 30th, 2010, 7:30pm. Tickets available through the box office at (514) 842-2112 or 1 (866) 842-2112, or online at laplacedesarts.com

Deepak's latest book The Fifth Agreement (Amber-Allen Publishing) is in stores now!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Connie Gault's first novel Euphoria has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

The Commonwealth Prize celebrates the best fiction in each region of the Commonwealth and propels authors into the literary spotlight. "The books that win often have strong insight, spirit and voice." Winners will be announced on April 12th.

Euphoria was published by Coteau Books in September 2009.

Sherman Alexie and his book WAR DANCES was named a 2010 finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award For Fiction. The winner will be announced on March 23rd.  The award is North America's largest peer-juried prize for fiction.

War Dances was published by Grove Press in October 2009.

Sorrel King won The First Book Award from Books For A Better Life for JOSIE'S STORY: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe.  And earlier this year Sorrel was named one of 50 influential women changing the world by Woman's Day magazine.

Josie's Story was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in the fall of 2009.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The latest arrival from McSweeney's

THE PANORAMA (Issue 33 of McSweeney’s Quarterly) is a one-time only, Sunday-edition-sized newspaper. It has news and sports and arts coverage, and comics (sixteen pages of glorious, full-color comics, from Chris Ware and Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman and many others besides) and a magazine, and is basically an attempt to demonstrate all the great things print journalism can (still) do, with as much first-rate writing and reportage and design (and posters and games and on-location Antarctic travelogues) as we could fit in there. It features journalism from Andrew Sean Greer, fiction from George Saunders and Roddy Doyle, dispatches from Afghanistan, and much, much more.

Pick up a copy at your local book store or