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

Memoir Mondays: Carly’s Voice

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and was unable to speak. Doctors said that she would forever remain as intellectually capable as a small child. Her parents refused to give up hope and at age 10, Carly made a breakthrough. While in the kitchen with her therapist, she reached over and typed on the laptop “HELP TEETH HURT.” This day began Carly’s journey of self-realization and learning how to use her voice through the written word. As if doctors weren’t astonished enough, Carly would go on to write a nearly complete young adult novel, prove her IQ well over 130 and become an advocate for autism, teaching others about autism what experts could not, the insider’s perspective.

Carly’s Voice tells her story through her father and how he got to know his daughter, intersperced with Carly’s wit and words. The remarkable story has gone on to gain widespread attention from Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Barbara Walters, and mother of autistic son herself Holly Robinson Peete, among others. Carly continues to share her life and remarkable story with the world through her Twitter and website, which features her writing, a forum and candid responses to questions she’s often asked.

Carly’s Voice is an incredible, moving and important story about a young girl who defies the odds to become an inspiring advocate and educator about autism. Find out more about the book from Carly’s father and the book’s author Arthur Fleischmann in the video below.

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

Eco-awareness book for kids

 

Award-winning children’s television writer and Vancouverite Ian James Corlett readily admits that he’s never been a tree hugger, a vegetarian, or even much of a gardener.  In fact, he’s not a huge fan of the outdoors at all.  He likes big cities, fast sports cars, and until recently, nearly any form of disposable thing.

But like so many millions of others, he’s started to become very aware of our environment and what we can do for it.  One of his main inspirations is his colleague Matt Hill and his girlfriend Steph, who ran around the perimeter of North America and raised a million bucks for the planet.  After a full year on the road, they returned triumphant.  But it was more than reaching their million-dollar goal; they were triumphant in another way.  During their 11,000 mile journey they reached out to kids and taught them about the environment.  They brought their message to tens of thousands of children in hundreds of elementary schools, and it was as simple as three words: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Matt and Steph’s passion for teaching kids things they can do to make the world a greener place—things like recycling, turning off lights, even how and what they eat—inspired Corlett.  It inspired him to not only convert his classic 1962 blue-smoke-belching Vespa scooter into a fully electric version, but to also write E is for Environment, starring Elliott and Lucy, the dynamic brother and sister duo from his first book, E is for Ethics

While there are many children’s books on the market that emphasize the importance of eco-awareness, there are few parenting books available that help shape a family discussion on what it means to be environmentally friendly.  That’s where E is for Environment comes in. 

The book offers short, quick stories followed by kid-friendly discussion questions that are perfect for busy parents.  Corlett, who has spent many years in children’s programming, knows what will appeal to kids – and children who read, listen to, and discuss these tales regularly will regard Elliott and Lucy as not only friends, but role models as well. 

Geared toward children ten and younger, and designed to be read out loud and discussed as a family, E is for Environment covers a wide range of eco-friendly messages, including using filtered water instead of buying bottled water, the importance of buying “fair trade” products, how to conserve water while brushing your teeth and watering the lawn, the joys of starting a garden, the benefits of carpooling, and so much more.  Each story is also accompanied by a delightful illustration, discussion questions, and tips for conserving energy & natural resources.

Written in Ian’s trademark warm and engaging voice and complimented by R.A. Holt’s amusing and whimsical drawings, children and adults alike will be charmed by E is for Environment, a one-of-a-kind book that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. 

Visit the author’s website at www.ianjamescorlett.com

Meet Jodi Picoult in Toronto and Vancouver this March!!!

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has a new novel coming out March 1st, Sing You Home.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.We are very lucky to be hosting Jodi for not one, but two events. One in Toronto on March 10th and one in Vancouver on March 13th. Event details are below. Click on the invites for more information. These events are ticketed so don’t delay, buy your tickets now!

You can also visit www.singyouhome.ca for your chance to win a copy of the new novel

Watch the book trailer