March Break Day 5

relaxI often feel like there are moments in life that would be better understood (or absorbed) if there were a book to go along with it. And while I’m sure there are many books that would pair up well with life events, which ones are the best?

Will Schwalbe, author of of the best-selling THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, takes us through life with a list of new books, and the reasons we read in general.

30211956BOOKS FOR LIVING is really an ode to books, the ones Schwalbe sought out to define moments in his life. Each chapter focuses on a different moment that meant something to him, and one book that he decided would encompass that particular life event. Maybe it reminded him of a certain important person, or a particularly evocative life lesson. His list covers all kinds of books, from classics, to children’s books, and even a cookbook!

What books would be the cornerstones of YOUR life? This is such an interesting question! I feel like so many books made up my childhood, and got me through certain periods that would have been almost unmanageable without them. And yet, in adulthood, the books I read tend to be more for entertainment, and less for life lessons, or comfort. What about you?

Legacy Journaling

journal1Author Heather Tucker visited us at the Carleton Place Public Library last week to talk a little about her book, THE CLAY GIRL, and to run a workshop on Legacy Journaling. It was a VERY creative and informative evening. We were colouring, drawing, and doodling our way to elaborate family histories without feeling like we couldn’t do it. And I know many of us will continue to work on these for months to come.

claygirlThank you, Heather, for bringing your amazing talents, and wonderful, vibrant personality to our little town. We know it was a long few weeks for you, but we had a blast!


Sample pages from her journal.

journal3Wonderful display from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


1222-v1-115xWe all hoped this was coming…Alec Baldwin (with Kurt Andersen)’s parody of a presidential memoir entitled YOU CAN’T SPELL AMERICA WITHOUT ME: THE REALLY TREMENDOUS INSIDE STORY OF MY FANTASTIC FIRST YEAR AS PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP.  Penguin publishers will release this probably hilarious book on November 7, 2017…almost one year to the day that Trump was elected President.

Will there be resistance from the White House? Probably. Will it be more interesting than any of the books Donald Trump has ever written himself? Probably. I know I’ll be putting my name on the holds list.

What do you think? Would you read a book like this?

Prize for Unpublished Works

tidewater-banner-newIt’s difficult for authors to break into publishing, and while many now turn to self-publishing, the tasks involved can be daunting and without reward. But there is a new competition for unpublished manuscripts by Canadian authors that offers a prize of book cover design, editing and layout assistance, as well as a debut at the Whistler Writer’s Festival in the fall of 2017. Could there be a better prize?

The WIBA Manuscript Competition began only recently, offered originally to self-published books in Canada. But the organizers said that many of the entries, while showing great merit, needed a lot of work. They decided that an earlier approach would allow the best books to really shine, and give them a chance to grow once in bookstores.

There is just over one month left to submit an entry to the competition, and the rules and requirements can be found right here.  If you have a finished book, you can submit the first 5000 words and a full synopsis (up to 500 words), to the competition for adjudication. What a great opportunity!

Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Announced

gillerThe jury for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced, and it’s going to be another interesting year! The 2017 jury consists of Anita Rau Badami, Lyn Coady, Andre Alexis, Nathan Englander, and Richard Beard.

gillerjury2017The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced in September, the short-list in October, and the winner will be announced in November. This is the largest literary prize that celebrates the best Canadian novel or short story collection of the year, and is worth $100,000.

Who do you think will be on the list?

The Lightning Thief, the Musical

28187It’s another book made into a musical! This time, it’s Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series about a boy who discovers he has ties to the Greek Gods he has been learning about in school. While this series has been made into several movies, Riordan hasn’t backed those ventures, but whole-heartedly supports this event off Broadway.

You can hear one of the songs from the original play here, sung by Chris McCarrell who will star. While it doesn’t debut until March of this year, I’m sure fans are already clamoring to get tickets!


9780062656322_25b35Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!

The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.

You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.

Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!