Wreck the Halls

When I was given the task of writing on the S&S blog (I’ve never blogged before, apparently I live under a rock), I was a little worried about what I would write about as the new marketing intern. That is, until I got my “assignment” – Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets Festive. So, in the name of research, I spent the afternoon flipping through the book, almost peeing my pants laughing in the process.

What is a Cake Wreck, you ask? According to the hilarious Jen Yates and her equally inappropriately funny husband, John, “a Cake Wreck is any professionally made cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, [or] inappropriate….”

In her first book, Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, (which just so happened to become a New York Times Bestseller), we saw creepy baby cakes, cakes with questionable spelling, anti-sexual harassment cakes, and, my favorite, divorce cakes (nothing says it better than a cake with “I Didn’t Like You That Much Anyway” written on it…except maybe the “Go Die in a Car Fire” cake).

Cake Wrecks

And now, Yates is back with a second helping of Cake Wrecks. With Santa being eaten by an alligator and vampire pilgrim cakes, who needs a Hallmark card?

Watch the trailer

Both Cake Wrecks and Wreck the Halls are actually books, with over two hundred pages of cake wreck photos accompanied by Yates’ special blend of wit and sarcasm. And somehow, they don’t stop being funny, but actually become even funnier because, as you flip through it with friends, you know what is coming. Wreck the Halls is the perfect Christmas gift and offers sweet relief from holiday shopping madness, whether you give it as a gift or, if you are like me, you keep it for yourself.

To win a copy of Wreck the Halls, share your own cake wreck photo and submit it to the Simon & Schuster Facebook page where you can also check out the recent Simon & Schuster Cake Wrecks event with Jen Yates at Indigo in Yorkdale.

For more Cake Wrecks, check out CakeWrecks.com. Be sure to follow @CakeWrecks on Twitter and like Cake Wrecks on Facebook!

The George Carlin Letters

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade shows the secret, softer side of George Carlin, revealed through writings in his own hand, by the woman who knew and loved him best.

This is a unique illustrated memoir by Sally Wade, the love of George’s life for ten years. It is a collection of never-before-seen writings and artwork by the late great comedian, woven into Wade’s beautifully told chronicle of the last ten years of their life together. George Carlin wrote to Sally daily–notes, postcards, letters…he even started fights on paper; the title is taken from his very last note, which Sally found propped up on her computer upon returning from the hospital the day he died.

This is one of the greatest love stories ever told…hilariously. Until the release of the book, no one but Sally had ever seen this side of George Carlin. And everyone is guaranteed to fall in love with both of them.

Head on over to the Comedy Network’s website  and enter to win a copy!!!

Cinematic Flops… Failing. At Its Best!

Based on the adored and unstoppable A.V. Club entertainment column for The Onion ,  My Year of Flops is Head Writer Nathan Rabin’s romp through the most notorious movies in cinematic history.  It is an exploration into the genuine, spectacular and hidden gems of cinematic failures, collecting the best of his columns with brand new insights to boot.

My Year of Flops will feature 15 new and exclusive “case files” along with Q&A’s from some of the Oscar winning talent involved, including John Patrick Shanley, Roberto Benigni, and Richard Dreyfuss.  The book will also feature black & white Illustrations by Danny Hellman for Inventory.

Here is a classic example of a cinematic fail…

My Year of Flops is out now!

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