Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Recommended by Kat Kruger.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July, 2010 by Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-545-12328-0

The Recommend:

Sparkly vampires are so 2009. This second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series has everything your teenager (or tween at heart) wants to read about: sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and werewolves. Stiefvater authentically captures the voice of adolescence in the (sometimes literally) shifting narrators.


About Kat Kruger


Kat Kruger

Kat Kruger is an aspiring YA author who has just completed writing her first book in a series. And, yes, it’s about werewolves.

Writing blog:
Werewolf blog:

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The Return of the Digital Handsell: December 1st, 2010

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Sociable! Get offline with the Advent Book Blog and Open Book Toronto

The Advent Book Blog and Open Book Toronto Want You to Get Sociable! 

Get offline. Come be social. Then tell everyone on Twitter and Facebook where you are and how much fun you’re having! Twitter hashtag: #soc10

Sean Cranbury and Julie Wilson of The Advent Book Blog and Open Book Toronto cordially invite you to an event for social media geeks, publishing professionals, and anyone with a passion for books and readers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010
7:00 PM
The Pour House Irish Pub
182 Dupont Ave.
Toronto, ON

Leading up to the event, Julie Wilson of Book Madam & Associates will unveil the identity of the six inaugural Associates, many of whom will be at the event. Find them and say hello!

And be sure to get a piece of Sean Cranbury of Books on the Radio while he’s in town from Vancouver. He’s the big guy with the big voice and an bigger heart. Don’t miss him!

Many thanks to Amy Logan Holmes and Open Book Toronto for their generous support and donation of light nibblies. Nom!

Bring your insatiable thirst and enthusiasm! SOCIABLE!

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But wait, there’s more! Author contributor book pictorial.

Thank you to all the contributors for this inaugural Advent Book Blog project. What a tremendous and pleasant surprise this has turned out to be. We hope you’ve enjoyed sharing your favourite reads from the past year, and that you’ve gathered a few titles to put on your wish list this holiday season.

We’d be remiss not to give a final shout out to the authors who sent in their picks. From us to you, enjoy this wallpaper of good readin’.

Happy Holidays! See you again in 2010 with fresh new ideas.

Sean “ABE” Cranbury and Julie “Madam” Wilson

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Bite: A Vampire Handbook by Kevin Jackson. Recommended by Rebecca Wilcott.

Bite: A Vampire Handbook by Kevin Jackson

Published: January 2009, Portobello Books

ISBN: 9781846272110

The Recommend:

Over the course of his literary life, Kevin Jackson has wanted to be a marine biologist, a Surrealist, a guerrilla fighter — and a vampire.

Move past the contemporary confections that stand in for real vampires, and settle into this book’s embrace, an entertaining compendium of night-walker expertise.


About Becca Wilcott (@BeccaWilcott):


Rebecca Wilcott is the author of Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion (June 2010, ECW Press.)

She has no desire to be turned, but thank you for asking.

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Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant. Recommended by Helen Spitzer.

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

Published: March 2009, Knopf (@RandomHouseCa)

ISBN 978-0-307-39754-6

The Recommend:

After a long streak of non-fiction, this was the first novel I read — I urge you to make this the book you spend the next few days off with.

The malapropisms and mishearings of her heroine, Audrey Flowers, will make you burst out laughing in public places, as I did three pages in.

Deliciously off-kilter, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.

I wish the world inside Jessica Grant’s head was a place I could get on a plane and visit.

Oh, and the occasional chapter is narrated by a tortoise.


About Helen Spitzer (@helenspitzer)


Helen Spitzer is a writer and troublemaker in Toronto.

The next novel on her list is Joe Pernice’s It Feels So Good When I Stop.

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Ron Nurwisah Recommends 2 Books! Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers and The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Published July 2009 by McSweeneys

ISBN: 978-1934781630

The Recommend:

The many tragedies and injustices springing from Hurricane Katrina are well-known, but that doesn’t take anything away from Dave Eggers’ heartbreaking story of a man destroyed by natural disaster and his government’s inhumanity.




The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

Published February 2009 by Doubleday

ISBN: 978-0385513531

Indiana Jones has nothing on real-life British explorer Percy Fawcett.

Filled with great anecdotes of bushwacking through the sweltering, bug-filled Amazon, the Lost City of Z is escapist non-fiction at its absolute best.


About Ron Nurwisah


Ron Nurwisah is a co-editor of the Afterword, the National Post’s books blog.

He also blogs at

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The Outlander by Gil Adamson. Recommended by Janice Beley.

The Outlander by Gil Adamson

Published November 2008 by House of Anansi Press

ISBN: 978-0887848285

The Recommend:

I fell in love with the strong and fiesty young widow in this book and her often trecherous journey in the wild.

Beautifully written.


About Janice Beley


Janice Beley, Marketing Director, Arsenal Pulp Press.

Janice has involved with books, theatre, dance, and the arts for over 20 years.

For the past 5 years she has been the Marketing Director at Arsenal Pulp Press.

A graduate of the Capilano College Arts Management Program, she is also the General Manager for Raven Spirit Dance a contemporary First Nations dance company.

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Music’s Spell: Poems About Music and Musicians edited by Emily Fragos. Recommended by RJ Wheaton

Music’s Spell: Poems About Music and Musicians edited by Emily Fragos

Published March 2009 Everyman Library

ISBN: 9780307270924

The Recommend:

A charming, thoughtful, and richly eclectic collection.

The design — as with all volumes in this series — feels both whimsical and essential; the contents bring together voices separated by centuries.

William Shakespeare and Allen Ginsberg sing within five pages of one another.

Yusef Komunyakaa’s reflections on Little Willie John hum against those of Gerard Manley Hopkins on Purcell.

And don’t miss Joyce Carol Oates’s vignette about waiting on Elvis at a diner in 1956.


About RJ Wheaton


RJ Wheaton (@rjwheaton) is a writer and blogger.

He works for a Canadian bookseller and is Senior Producer at

He contributes to Datachondria and his writing can currently be found in the Oxford American‘s 2009 Music Issue. His book on Portishead’s Dummy will be published in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series in 2010.

RJ Wheaton resides online at

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The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods. Recommended by Monique Trottier.

The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods by Kate Inglis w/ illustrations by Sydney Smith

Published October 2009 by Nimbus Publishing

ISBN: 978-1551097374

The Recommend:

As quoted from the backcover, highly “recommended for antsy boys who long for glory, for spritely girls inclined to reach out for adventure, and for good-humoured grown-ups who like the smack of Limberger and devil’s club sandwiches with a dash of June bug pepper.”

This pirate tale is it’s own booty.


About Monique Trottier


Monique Trottier (@somisguided) is the blogger behind Plain Words, Uncommon Sense on books, writing, perfumery, technology and other amusements.

She’s a writer, editor, internet marketer, point-and-shoot photographer, web-aficionado and book reader. She’s also the owner of Boxcar Marketing, a boutique internet consultancy.

She has too many favourite books to mention in such a small blurb.

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