Get your crime, here!

The world of mystery writing is a deep and winding one, with one author leading you to the next and genres spilling into one another.

It’s easy to find one author you love and go from there, but how do you discover brand new authors, unique and varied in their style?

The QuebeCrime Festival offers an opportunity to hear authors read from and discuss their work. This year’s event is happening from October 25-27 — submerse yourself and emerge with a list of new writers, genres and a gang of other mystery-loving readers.

While you’re there, be sure to check out Brad Smith, Robert Pobi and John Connolly — event details, below.

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Living the Double Life: to Work and to Write

Saturday, October 27
3:30 PM EST

Anglophone Reading and Book Signing
Friday, October 26

8:30PM EST

Living the Double Life: to Work and to Write
Saturday, October 27
3:30PM

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Anglophone Reading and Book Signing
Friday, October 25
8:30PM

Anglophone Panel and Book Signing
Books to Die for: What do Writers Read?
Saturday, October 27
10:30AM

Dorks, rejoice! Today is Dork Day.

Today is a day for all dorks to rejoice in their love of facts and stories and books and in everything awkward. Today is a day of beauty.

Anyone who lived through their middle-grade years as a dork can attest to the relief that finding other dorks brings. Dorks deserve dorks – they deserve to know that other dorks exist, that it is okay to be one! This is why we celebrate Dork Day – this is why you should, too.

Rachel Renee Russell’s New York Times bestselling middle-grade series has been growing in popularity – now, with the publication of Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, you can celebrate Dork Day in all its glory.

Visit DorkDiaries.com for activities and downloadable assets.
Like the Dork Diaries Facebook page for updates and more!
Learn more about the Dork Diaries series and Dork Diaries 5, on-sale now!

Arnold Schwarzenegger

What does this name make you think of? Muscles? Politics? Phone calls from friends in Arnie’s prerecorded voice?

Arnold Schwarzenegger makes me think of my dad. The name and the man evoke memories of late nights spent in our old, falling-down house – Arnold’s voice booming through the living room and into the kitchen- drawing us together, cringing and laughing: Arnold is escapism. He is power and fantasy and action enough to keep your eyes glued to the TV far beyond exhaustion. He is The Predator. He is True Lies. He is The Terminator.

Some will think of him as a pregnant man in Junior, a brother in Twins, a bodybuilder shaking our understanding of strength and forming new ideas about The American Dream. Regardless, this iconic man has touched many lives. Now, with the October 1, 2012 release of his autobiography, we have the opportunity to learn about him – the man behind the image – in his own words.

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Visit Schwarzenegger.com.

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Every Monday for the month of September, we’ll post a new photo to this blog. Submit your best caption (in 30 words or less) for these photos as a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of four copies of Total Recall! One winner will be selected and announced every Friday.

Here is our first photo:

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Update: Thank you for participating. This giveaway is now closed. Find out who won here.

Bones are Forever. Is Seeley Booth?

Update: Thanks to everyone who participated – I’m sure Tempe (both Book and TV versions) appreciate the careful consideration you have all put into her love life.
It was a tight race but Booth came out slightly on top with 117 votes to Ryan’s 101.
A fun fact: At least 20 people voted for Ryan because he’s Canadian. Go Canada!

Congratulations to Carol, who voted “Seeley Booth – how can you improve on perfection?”, for winning our Bones are Forever Prize Pack.

Keep following Simonreads.ca for more author news and giveaways!

Bestselling author Kathy Reichs is also the producer of and inspiration for FOX TV’s BONES – I’ve always been curious about the intersection of the two mediums. Her new release, Bones are Forever has given me cause to revisit that intersection.

The language in Bones are Forever caught me from the start. Reichs is not messing around here. We join Temperance Brennan (Tempe), as her she looks into the eyes of an infant before pulling its body from a bathroom vanity. Reichs shows her victims from the perspective of a forensic anthropologist, her vast knowledge adding a reliable base to the narrative.

Simultaneously, Reichs’ writing hits you in the gut with emotionality. Tempe’s encounters with these young deaths exist in the shadow of motherhood, her own daughter often coming to mind. As Tempe pieces the trail of murders together, she leaves the bleak Montreal bathroom for diamond mining country in Yellowknife, NT.

Along the way, we meet Lieutenant-détective Andrew Ryan. Sorry, that is, “smoking hot,” old-fling, Lieutenant-détective Andrew Ryan. Now, of course, I’m inclined to consider him in contrast to Seeley Booth. What would the TV-boyfriend of Tempe think of this run-in with her old fling? Who do you think is the more compelling love interest and why?

Leave a comment with your choice for Tempe – Andrew Ryan or Seeley Booth. Everyone who comments will be entered to win a Kathy Reichs prize pack, including a library of her books and seasons 1-6 of FOX TV’s BONES, on DVD.

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Contest Ends August 22, 2012.

Meet Kathy Reichs in Toronto.
Watch the trailer.
Visit KathyReichs.com.
Learn more about Bones are Forever.

The Colour of Tea Blog Tour

The wafting smell of baking Macarons promises Coconut with Passion Fruit-Spiked Buttercream Filling, Plum and Hibiscus with Chocolate Ganache…This is the sweetness, the filling that delights in Hannah Tunnicliffe’s debut novel, The Colour of Tea.

After moving to Macau, a small and bustling island, Grace finds herself sinking beneath the weight of life-gone-wrong. Seeking solace and friendship and even a little freedom, she opens a cafe. Here, she serves food and drink, builds herself up and is built in kind by unexpected friendships and new bits of happiness.

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Hannah is on a blog tour! Mara at BeNiceorLeaveThanks starts us off with her interview with Hannah and a few words to describe the book: heartbreaking, lusty, sensual, devastating, uplifting, delicious. Click here to read more.

You can find new interviews with Hannah each day this week:

Tuesday – Colleen, from Miss Manifesto

Wednesday – Natalie, from Books from the Purple Jelly Bean Chair 

Thursday – Christy, from Comma Control 

Friday – Luanne, from A Bookworm’s World

Visit Hannah’s website.

Read more about The Colour of Tea.

Get the reading group guide.