Meet Lisa Genova!

We are extremely lucky to have author Lisa Genova in Canada for not one, not two, but THREE events. Lisa is the bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected. She is touring Canada to promote her new novel Love Anthony. See below for event details and info.

Meet Lisa Genova in Toronto
Friday, October 5, 2012
Indigo Manulife Centre
55 Bloor Street West
6:30pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Ottawa
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Costco Kanata
770 Silver Seven Rd
11am-12pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Vancouver
Saturday, October 13
Chapters Robson
788 Robson Street
2pm

Love Anthony explores the healing power of friendship between two women, each cast adrift by loss, as one woman begins in her fledgling writing, to give voice and meaning to the other’s autistic son.

Lisa talks about her new novel Love Anthony

Read an excerpt

Visit www.lisagenova.com

Do you love Philippa Gregory?

WE DO!

And right now, in celebration of the release of her newest novel The Kingmaker’s Daughter, we are hosting a Royal Reads sweepstakes. This is your chance to win a personalized copy of Philippa’s new novel, an entire library of her books, a tea basket complete with biscuits and china and other royal themed treats!

Click on the image below to enter

Visit www.philippagregory.ca for an extended excerpt, author videos and more.

Breaking through autism

April is autism awareness month in the United States. In Canada, we celebrate autism awareness month in October. Autism awareness month is a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

There are many books, both fiction and non-fiction, that deal with the topic of autism and living with autism. But if you haven’t yet heard of Toronto teenager Carly Fleischmann, I can guarantee you won’t forget about her after reading this.

Carly’s story first captured public attention on a 2009 “Medical Mysteries” segment for ABC’s 20/20. She has continued to be featured on national television since then, largely due to her own efforts in lobbying the likes of Larry King, Barbara Walters, and Holly Robinson Peete, who have each corresponded with her and/or featured her on their shows. Ellen DeGeneres has developed a warm relationship with Carly (at Carly’s request, Ellen read Carly’s Bat Mizvah speech for her via video). Continue reading

Meet Jodi Picoult in person!

Are you a Jodi Picoult fan? Then you’ll be excited about this contest!

To celebrate the release of Jodi’s new novel Lone Wolf we’re giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the author herself.

You could win:
1 of 2 GRAND PRIZES (for GTA residents only)
• Two tickets to the Jodi Picoult event on March 13th
• A pre-event meet and greet for you and a friend 
• A complete Jodi Picoult library of books including her newest novel Lone Wolf 

Don’t live in the GTA? Don’t worry! You’re still eligible to win 1 of 3 nationwide prize packs:
• A complete Jodi Picoult library of books
• A signed copy of her newest novel Lone Wolf

CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Contest closes February 29th

Meet Jodi Picoult
Date: Tuesday, March 13th 
Location:The Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00pm
For more info and to purchase tickets click here. Tickets are only $5.00!

Here’s a little bit about Lone Wolf

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

Another tour de force by Picoult, Lone Wolf brilliantly describes the nature of a family: the love, protection, and strength it can offer—and the price we might have to pay for those gifts. What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

Get a sneak peek at the recording of the audio book

Read an excerpt

Visit Jodi’s website

Get the reading group guide

The End of Illness

What if taking multivitamins and supplements significantly increased our risk of cancer over time? Or if sitting down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout, was as bad as or worse than smoking?  What about if regular stretching or yoga could prevent osteoarthritis? It’s all true, according to Dr. David B. Agus, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators in his revolutionary new book, The End of Illness.

The End of Illness is a bold call for all of us to become our own personal health advocates, and a dramatic departure from orthodox thinking, focusing on prevention instead of treatment. This is a seminal work that promises to revolutionize how we live. In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, challenges long-held wisdoms and dismantles misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life.

Hear more from Dr. Agus: