Bookmarks: March 8th

Good afternoon, Savvy Readers, and TGIF! We hope you had an enjoyable week! Maybe you are one of the lucky ones just beginning March Break – if so, you will have plenty of time for reading! Before you dig into some great books on your week off (like these great middle grade and young adult books), catch up on this week’s Bookmarks!

1. HarperCollinsCanada’s  March Madness kicked off on Monday, March 4th. For those of you who don’t know what HCC March Madness is all about, it is 64 books facing off against each other to find one champion. The challenge consists of four brackets, in which books are divided up into match-ups – one book versus one book. You choose between the pair, and the titles with the most votes at the end of the week move onto the next round.  Readers are encouraged to vote every day for their favourite books and authors. The best part? Everyday you vote you will be entered to win all 64 books competing! There is a lot of buzz surrounding March Madness this year; not just around the office, but from the authors of the books we have selected as well! Visithttp://www.hccmarchmadness.ca to vote, and follow the conversations taking place on twitter with the hashtag #HCCMM.

2. Nominations for the Canadian Library Association’s prestigious library awards were announced this week. The annual awards acknowledge great books, as well as recognize the tremendous efforts of library workers across the country. Here are some of the nomination highlights: Kit Pearson’s And Nothing But the Truth, Arthur Slade’s Island of Doom, and Allan Stratton’s The Grave Robber’s Apprentice all made the shortlist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. Susan Juby’s Bright’s Light,Alice Kuipers’ 40 Things I Want to Tell You, and Kenneth Oppel’s Such Wicked Intent are all nominated for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Good luck to all author and librarian nominees! For more information on the awards, visit the Canadian Library Association website here.

3. On February 28th, the cover for the next book in Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series was revealed! In typical Snicket fashion, he declared, “the more people who know about this classified information, the better chance there is of keeping it all top secret.”  The book, titled When Did you See Her Last?, is illustrated by Seth, and is the second in the All The Wrong Questions series. While you are waiting for the release of When Did You See Her Last? (on sale in October 2013) you should check out the first book in the series, Who Could That Be at This Hour?!

4. This week, Marina Adshade, author of Dollars and Sex, stopped by the office to take part in a live twitter chatDollars and Sex sums up how economics influence love and sex in our society, and is packed with interesting facts, statistics and information. Did you know that shorter men often have younger wives than their taller counterparts? Did you know that Finland is one of the most promiscuous countries in the world? Did you know that educated women have the most difficulty finding love in an urban market? To see the results of the Twitter Chat, search#dollarsandsex on Twitter. If you are interested in learning more, take our Dollars and SexFacebook quiz. The answers may astonish you!

5. We stumbled across this awesome page of mugs for book lovers, put together by our friends at bookriot.com. It seems as though curling up with a good book and a hot beverage is something avid readers enjoy doing… so it only makes sense to share this great collection with you guys! A personal favourite is this one from the Harvard Book Store. Kind of makes you want to revamp your mug collection entirely, doesn’t it?

Erin.

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