100 years later… Read the extraordinary stories from Titanic survivors

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, we have a book that will add an important new dimension to our understanding of this enduringly fascinating and tragic story. Shadow of the Titanic is a collection of stories from those who survived the tragedy.

Shadow of the Titanic

Although we think we know the story of the famously luxurious and supposedly unsinkable ship, very little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did they cope in the aftermath of this horrific event? How did they come to remember that night, a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town?

Author and award-winning journalist Andrew Wilson draws on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs, and diaries as well as interviews with the survivors’ family members to bring life to the colourful voices of those who lived to tell the tale. Read an excerpt of the book today.

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Indie Bookstore Spotlight: Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe

The independent bookstore is a cultural and community hub – authors are introduced, works read aloud to an audience and ideas are shared.

Each month, we will be featuring an independent bookstore from across Canada, proving what a special role these shops play in fostering authors, community and a love of reading. For March, we are featuring Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe.

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Prepare for April Fools’ Day

Don’t be a victim on April Fools’ Day — be the victor! We have the ultimate handbooks with a list of pranks and practical jokes to get you into the spirit of April Fools’ Day.

The Practical Joker's Handbook The Practical Joker's Handbook

Tim Nyberg spent six years collecting pranks from fans around the world through his website. In The Practical Joker’s Handbook two-book series, he brings you a sly collection of his best and funniest finds. These handbooks are filled with tips, stories, and tactics to play at home, at work, at school — anywhere. From how to jury-rig a toilet tank to using a kazoo to place an order in the fast-foot drive-through, Nyberg delivers the goods.This one will have pranksters (and maybe even the victim) in stitches! But before you execute these pranks, remember, it’s only funny if both parties find humour (eventually) in the prank. With that said, here’s an excerpt with some pranks from The Practical Joker’s Handbook: The Sequel to get you started!

Happy pranking!

Family fun activities for Spring

Sometimes, you and your family just needs to get away from high tech devices and have some good old fashion fun together. Here are some things you can do to pass the time gadget-free!

– Take your imagination elsewhere with some Spring Break reading recommendations
Have fun with Neil Flambé with printable activity sheets
 Bond over baking Vanilla Cupcakes
– Try 7 Great Family Bonding Activities from Lisa Oz

Tantalize your tastebuds

With the arrival of Spring comes fresh produce, a delicious benefit of the season of renewal. This is a great time to go to your local grocery store or Farmer’s Market to get some in-season produce. Tantalize your tastebuds with healthy and delicious recipes that highlights Spring’s fruits and vegetables below!

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook Chloe's Kitchen

– Kale Chips recipe from the 17 Day Diet Cookbook
 Speedy Spinach Dip from the New Atkins for a New You Cookbook
Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip from Chloe’s Kitchen
– Lemon-and-Basil Chicken-Veggie Kebabs from the New Atkins for a New You Cookbook
Green Tea-Spiked Applesauce  from the 17 Day Diet Cookbook