Friday, July 29, 2011

Meet Kate Cayley!

Yesterday, author Kate Cayley visited the Annick office to sign some copies of her new book The Hangman in the Mirror. Set in 18th-century Montreal, this is the thrilling story of a sixteen-year-old maid who is sentenced to death by hanging for stealing a pair of gloves. The only way she can escape her sentence is to somehow convince the prisoner in the next cell--who she can't even see--to become the hangman and marry her. Believe it or not, this tale is based on a true story.

We're running a giveaway for this book on; details below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley

The Hangman in the Mirror

by Kate Cayley

Giveaway ends August 25, 2011.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Glowing Reviews Pour In for Life, Above All

Life, Above All--the award-winning movie based on Chanda's Secrets--has been in theaters for less than ten days and already it's getting rave reviews. This is no surprise, of course, as the movie won the Prix François Chalais at Cannes, where it received a standing ovation. It currently holds an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 83%.

Here's some of the great press the film has received:
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Life, Above All Is in Theaters!

Life, Above All--the award-winning film based on Chanda's Secrets--is in theaters now! See below for more details.

Here are some great interviews with people involved with the book and film:

"Pure human drama.
'Life Above All' is about deep human emotions,
evoked with sympathy and love."

"Alone among the films at Cannes,
'Life Above All' was one that had critics cheering like school kids in a
10-minute standing ovation, and weeping tears from their gimlet eyes.
It has the high art and big heart of any award-worthy film."
- Mary Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE

LIFE, ABOVE ALL is a emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz (MAPANTSULA, PARIS JE T`AIME), it is based on the international award winning novel "CHANDA`S SECRETS" by Allan Stratton... (More)

Starts July 15 at Cumberland Cinema!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

ALA Wrap-Up

Today's post is from Annick's production manager, Heather Davies, who attended ALA this year along with sales and rights manager Gayna Theophilus.

From June 24–27, Annick attended the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. The Louisiana heat was something else for this Canadian, but New Orleans is beautiful and couldn’t have been more welcoming.

Many of the scheduled seminars were very popular, with standing-room-only crowds. Despite arriving 20 minutes early, I couldn’t even get in the door for “Ebooks: Has Their Time Come?” Having learned my lesson, I arrived half an hour early for “Picture Books Go Digital” which was very interesting and sparked a lot of participation from the audience.

Visitors checking out Annick Press books at ALA

With attendance figures topping 20,000, booth traffic was steady. Visitors to our booth were engaged and interested and, on the whole, quite familiar with many of our titles. Many, many reviewers and committee members came by to make sure they were on our mailing list and getting our books.

There were lots of positive comments about Chanda’s Secrets, and lots of excitement upon hearing about the movie, Life, Above All, which comes out this month. Many people who loved Fatty Legs were very excited about the sequel, A Stranger at Home. The 50 Questions series got plenty of attention, as did the Jobs in History titles. And clearly, the Chicken, Pig, Cow books are well-loved.

I'll wrap up with my two favorite comments:
One visitor to her companion in the next booth: “Hey, they’re Canadian!”
Me: “Is that good or bad?”
Visitor: “It’s great – Canadian publishers have much better quality!”

New Orleans native: “You’re here with the librarians?”
Me: “Yes.”
New Orleans native: “Oh! We love the librarians!” (ALA was the first major conference in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.)