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

I am Canadian

There are so many things that make me feel patriotic: listening to our national anthem, hearing the Hockey Night In Canada theme music, visiting Parliament Hill, drinking Timmies or listening to Shania Twain. But even more than these things is the general feeling one has about being proud to be a Canadian. Wherever I travel, when people find out I’m Canadian they are always full of compliments. “Oh, Canadians are so friendly,” or, “Canada is so clean, so beautiful.” We are known for our beautiful landscapes and friendly citizens, and are so much more than maple syrup, beavers and hockey!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada is a tribute to all things Canadian, from cottage country memories, to Remembrance Day, to the often subzero temperatures, there are stories in this collection that will speak to the heart of every Canadian, at home or abroad.

To promote the release of this book we have launched our own “Share Your Canadian Story” on Facebook. Whether it’s about your daily life, your travels across Canada, sports, family, traditions or any story that makes you think ‘Canada.’ We want to hear it! Click here to submit your story and enter to win a copy of CSS: O Canada.

With a foreward by famous Canadian singer-songwriter Amy Sky, lyrics from Liona Boyd’s upcoming album, and stories from Marc Jordan, Matt Duchene and others, this will be a welcome addition to every Canadian’s bookshelf, eh?

Check out an excerpt.

Get All Wound Up for the Yarn Harlot’s newest book!

All Wound Up by New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie is coming back with another laugh-out-loud book about knitting, parenting and even crocheting! Fans of her blog will love her newest set of tales about the life of a knitter in All Wound Up.

But don’t get the wrong idea, you don’t have to be a knitter to enjoy her tales. Lovers of memoirs, humourous tales, and heartwarming stories will enjoy this book just as much! Her stories range from people asking her dumb questions about knitting to what her husband does with the new washer when it doesn’t fit in the basement.

I actually had the opportunity to meet Stephanie at a local coffee shop. She’s a hilarious, down-to-earth woman who absolutely loves to knit. I’m not much of a knitter but we had fun talking about knitting and All Wound Up. I even learned a few knitting terms! Did you know ‘tink’ (knit spelled backwards) means to undo knitting one stitch at a time? And did you know every serious knitter has a LYS (local yarn store)? For those who follow Stephanie’s blog, yes, she did carry a sock with her. You can meet Stephanie in person too! She’ll be in Toronto on November 17 for a talk and a book signing at Chapters. More details here.

Readers who can’t wait for All Wound Up can read some quirkly blog posts on Stephanie’s blog at www.yarnharlot.ca. Also, follow @YarnHarlot on Twitter to read some fun tweets.

To give our lovely readers a heads up, we’re hosting an All Wound Up giveaway on Goodreads very soon. Friend us on Goodreads and follow our Twitter or Facebook accounts for details in the coming weeks!

If you haven’t read Stephanie’s previous books yet, check out Yarn Harlot and Free-Range Knitter.

Matthew Inman in Toronto

On Monday night, creator of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman visited Indigo to sign copies of his new book, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth.  The S&S team laughed out loud in the back while Inman showed a slideshow of a select number of hilarious comics and shared the history of how he came to create The Oatmeal.

Love The Oatmeal?  Live in Vancouver and can’t make it to Toronto?  Fear not, my friends!  Matthew will be in Vancouver at Chapters Metrotown on Friday, October 21st!  Come out to see the show and learn:

Check out his new book here, his Twitter here and the famous Oatmeal here!

For more pictures from the event, check out the S&S Facebook Pics!