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!

Simon & Schuster’s Silver Screen Spectacular!

Four – count ‘em –  Simon and Schuster titles have been adapted into major motion pictures. Look out for our special movie tie-in releases to enjoy these stories on screens big and small. 

Actor James Franco

Adventurer Aron Ralston

 If you haven’t already been blown away by adventurer Aron Ralston’s unparalleled feat of wilderness survival, you must read 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place which is being re-released this October in conjunction with the film version 127 Hours directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) and staring the multi-talented  James Franco.  

Naomi Watts in Fair Game

Valerie Plame Wilson’s memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House reveals the CIA operative’s extensive work in counter proliferation negotiations and the historic consequences when her identity is leaked. Movie star Naomi Watts will play Valerie Plame Wilson and Sean Penn stars as her husband Joe Wilson in the political thriller Fair Game directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). 

Hilarious and disturbing  expose Love and Other Drugs, (previously published as Hard Sell) traces Jamie Reidy’s escapades as the “V-Man”: pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s number-one drug rep during the Viagra craze. This witty behind-the scenes look at the pharmaceutical industry has been adapted into Love and Other Drugs directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. 

Check out the movie trailer : 

 And for the grand finale… 


Chuck Hogan’s adrenaline-fueled dramatic thriller The Town (previously published as Prince of Thieves) will premier in a Gala Presentation as a highlight of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. 

Here’s the trailer: 

Excited? So are we. 


The end of food as we know it?

Sitting down to an organic, locally-produced and nutritionally balanced meal – by which I mean scarfing a granola bar at my desk – I found myself reflecting on how food has determined the fate of human societies for the past 12,000 years. If your lunch isn’t prompting such musings, it’s likely you have not yet devoured Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, University of Guelph geography professor Evan D. G. Fraser and journalist Andrew Rimas’ sweeping history of food from the (not-so) Fertile Crescent to our contemporary food crisis.

 Cities, culture, art, government, and religion are founded on the creation and exchange of food surpluses. But eventually, inevitably, the crops fail, the fields erode, or the temperature drops, and the center of power shifts. Cultures descend into dark ages of poverty, famine, and war. It happened at the end of the Roman Empire, when slave plantations overworked Europe’s and Egypt’s soil and drained its vigor. It happened in the fourteenth century, when medieval societies crashed in famine and plague, and again in the nineteenth century, when catastrophic colonial schemes plunged half the world into a poverty from which it has never recovered. And today, even though we live in an age of astounding agricultural productivity and genetically modified crops, our food supplies are once again in peril.

 Check out Evan Fraser’s interview in the Globe and Mail to discover the three false assumptions our global food empire is built on.

 If you are in the Toronto area, come hear author Evan Fraser speak at Foodprint Toronto on July 31.

What are your concerns about the future of food? Leave a comment and let me know.

The White Queen Giveaway

the white queen

If you’re a member of sweetspot.ca, you’re eligible to win a copy of The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

To enter, just send your name and mailing address to audrey@simonandschuster.com. Contest ends August 31st, 2009.

Don’t forget to catch Philippa Gregory’s Canadian tour:

Thurs., Sept. 17th, 7:00 PM
Royal St. George’s College chapel
120 Howland Ave., Toronto, ON
Tickets are $5 per person at ticketweb.ca or 1-888-222-6608

Monday, September 28th, 7:30 PM
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
Tickets are $10 per person ($5 towards purchase of book) at Bolen Books: http://www.bolen.bc.ca or 250.595.4232

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