Monday, September 29, 2008

A Perfect Day

Warm sunshine on a cloudless day, stacks of books wherever you looked, balloons, food, and hundreds of kids, dogs, and families enjoying a beautiful autumn day - such was the scene at this year's Toronto Word On The Street Festival. Things were hopping at the Annick booth where we shared space with Barefoot Books and Random House Children's Books. With the good people from Mabel's Fables tending both cash registers, things were hopping inside the tent and out. Appearances by two of Annick's best loved authors, Kathy Stinson and Loris Lesynski drew crowds, while interest was high in The Bite of the Mango, the moving memoir by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland. While many people came looking for their old favourites - books by Robert Munsch, Ruth Ohi, Kathy, and Loris - they often left with new treasures such as Elizabeth MacLeod's Royal Murder or Mattland by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert. For book lovers, booksellers, families and friends, it was a perfect day in the park.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's Festival Time

It's that time of the year--cool nights, fall colors and book festivals! Sunday, September 28 is when cities across Canada will be holding their annual The Word On The Street Book and Magazine Festival this year. Authors, readings, arts and musical performances--and lots of fabulous books will be the order of the day as people flock to hear and see the best that Canadian publishers have to offer.

For those living in Toronto, we hope that you'll come by and visit the Annick booth (#347 on Kidstreet). And make sure to catch two of our most popular authors, Kathy Stinson and Loris Lesynski.

Loris will read from her latest book, Shoe Shakes, at the Children's Reading Tent at 2:00, and will be signing books at the Author Signing Tent at 2:30 and at the Annick booth at 3:30.

Kathy will read from A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It and from her classic Red is Best at the Children's Reading Tent at 1:30 and the Little Readers' Tent at 4:00. Come and have your books signed at the Author Signing Tent at 2:00 and at the Annick Booth at 2:30.

And if you're planning to attend the Kitchener Word On The Street, you're in for a treat as Ruth Ohi reads from her new book, Chicken, Pig, Cow at 11:30 at the 96.7 CHYM Children's Reading Tent.
For those of you who will be at The Word On The Street in Vancouver, make sure to visit the Canada Writes tent at 11:20 to hear author Laura Trunkey read from her just-published junior novel, The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier.
And what would a festival be without a few show specials at the Annick booth?
• Buy any 3 books and get 2 free hardcover picture books (for younger kids), or 2 free paperbacks (fiction & non-fiction assortment, for older kids)
• Surprise bags $5 each (cash only)

The Word On The Street is celebrating it's 19th year, and is expecting over 300,000 people across Canada; can't wait to see you there!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Let the Fall Begin!

It's official! Our fall books are up and running.

This week, blogger Cheryl Rainfield posted a lovely review of one of our favorite new fall titles, Chicken, Pig, Cow by Ruth Ohi. This made me think that I should offer YOU the opportunity to receive books for review too!

If you are an online reviewer/blogger/podcaster, and would like to receive copies of our fall books for review, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please leave a comment on this post, or e-mail us at annickpress(at)annickpress(dot)com.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Just One More Book!! Podcast of But If They Do

Check out Just One More Book!! for a podcast review of the nighttime tale, But If They Do, by author Bill Richardson, and illustrator Marc Mongeau.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Brillante Weblog Premio Award

Anastasia Suen nominated Tea Time at Annick Press for the Brillante Weblog Premio Award. Thanks, Anastasia!

I’m supposed to nominate MORE blogs for this award, so, in no particular order, here are a few among the many I love!

1. Open Book Toronto

2. Tanya Lloyd Kyi: My Reading and Writing Life

3. Cheryl Rainfield: Avid Reader, Teen Fiction Writer, and Book-a-holic. All Things Books, With a Focus on Children’s and Teen Fiction

4. So Misguided: A Canadian book blog: Publishing, marketing, books and technology from a Canadian perspective

5. Just One More Book!!

6. Sanctuary for Offbeat and Quirky Children's Lit

7. Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog Cynsations: interviews, reading recommendations, publishing information, literacy advocacy, writer resources, news in children's and young adult literature and her resource site: Exploring Diversity: Themes & Communities (not a blog I know, but worth mentioning)

Rules for next recipients of the Brillante Weblog Premio are as follows:

1. The award may be displayed on a winner’s blog.

2. Add a link to the person you received the award from.

3. Nominate up to seven other blogs.

4. Add their links to your blog.

5. Add a message to each person that you have passed the award on in the comments section of their blog.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hope for Tomorrow

Check out Barbara Turnbull's article in the Toronto Star where she interviews Mariatu Kamara, co-author (with Susan McClelland)of The Bite of the Mango.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Starring Horse

Chicken, Pig, Cow was based on a popsicle stick barn that my eldest daughter made when she was younger. I happened upon it when she wasn't quite finished, so I thought she had forgotten to make a door. The barn included a Horse, who just didn't make it into the story this time. Here is a photo of Horse who is still a bit miffed that he didn't get a starring role. I am currently working on a sequel to be released next Fall. Horse suggests that it involve something where he gets to eat lots of chocolate while wearing fluffy, flannel pajamas. We will see, Horse....

Ruth Ohi