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Event photo: Louise Penny at Bolen Books in Victoria

Best-selling mystery writer Louise Penny read from her seventh novel, A Trick of the Light (St. Martin’s Press/Raincoast), at Bolen Books in Victoria on Sept. 24. The crowd of over 100 made for standing room only. Above: fans with their copies of the book. (Photo by Louise Penny)

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Event photos: Lane Anderson Award

The second annual Lane Anderson Award was handed out in Toronto Wednesday night. The prize honours two jury-selected Canadian books – one for adults and one for young readers – published in the field of science. Each winner receives $10,000.

The prize is supported by the Fitzhenry Family Foundation.

This year’s winner in the adult category is The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma: An Exploration into How Life Organizes and Supports Itself (McClelland & Stewart) by biologists John and Mary Theberge. The children’s winner is the similarly themed Evolution (Kids Can Press) by Skeptic magazine contributor Daniel Loxton.

(Photos by Peter Doll/courtesy of the Fitzhenry Family Foundation)

John and Mary Theberge with Hollister Doll, a director of the Fitzhenry Family Foundation


Nominee John Moffat (author of Einstein Wrote Back) with Thomas Allen Publishers senior editor Janice Zawerbny

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Event photos: London Book Fair Luau party

On July 5, approximately 80 people donned leis and Hawaiian shirts for the London Book Fair Luau to celebrate the retirement of Bryan Prince (owner, Bryan Prince Bookseller), Bridget Barber (partner, Hornblower Group), and Susan Parsons (trade buyer, University of Waterloo Book Store).

Susan Wallace (Oxford University Press) with guest of honour Bryan Prince

Party emcee Bruce Martin (D&M Publishers) with guest of honour Bridget Barber

Shelley Macbeth (Blue Heron Books) and Bonnie St. Aubin (Penguin Canada)

Martin Deck (University of Windsor Book Store) and Kathy Elliot (Thomas Allen & Son)

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Event photos: Frankie Flowers visits Springridge Farm

Frankie Flowers made his way to Springridge Farm in Milton, Ontario, to promote his new gardening book, Get Growing: An Everyday Guide to High-impact, Low-fuss Gardens (Collins Canada). (Photos courtesy of Springridge Farm.)

Flowers gets mowing with Springridge Farm staff

Flowers lets loose his inner CityTV personality, mugging for the camera (and about 200 fans)

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Event photos: Writers’ Trust Awards

The 10th annual Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony took place in Toronto on Nov. 2. Here are some photos from the event.

The winners of the 2010 Writers’ Trust Awards: The Walrus editor John MacFarlane (Distinguished Contribution Award); author Miriam Toews (Engel/Findley Award); writer and Q&Q reviewer Devon Code (Journey Prize); children’s writer Polly Horvath (Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature); journalist and author James FitzGerald (Writers’ Trust Non-fiction Prize); author Myrna Kostash (Matt Cohen Award); and Emma Donoghue (Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize).

CBC’s Shelagh Rogers hosts the awards.

Novelist Shyam Selvadurai and author Devyani Saltzman.

Michael Winter and Trevor Cole, both of whom were shortlisted for the fiction prize.

Writers’ Trust chair Peter Kahnert, his wife Bernadette, Emma Donoghue, and Writers’ Trust executive director Don Oravec.

(Photos courtesy of Writers’ Trust of Canada)

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Event photos: Firefly Books at the Hockey Hall of Fame

On Friday, Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame unveiled its new Spirit of Hockey retail store, part of a $3.5-million expansion of the museum’s storefront and exhibition space. The occasion coincided with the launch of a new hockey-themed series produced for the HHF by Firefly Books. The first two titles are Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies and Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photos courtesy of Firefly Books)

Former Toronto Maple Leaf right-winger and current HHF director of public affairs Ron Ellis displays Firefly’s Book of Goalies (left) and checks the official players’ guide for some of his former teammates.


Three Hall of Famers – Billy Smith, Johnny Bower, and Peter Stastny – sign books for expectant fans. In the top right corner, Firefly president Lionel Koffler waits his turn.

At a separate event on Nov. 3, Firefly launched another hockey-themed title: Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty: 1957–1967. The four co-authors are pictured here. From left to right: Roly Harris, Paul Patskou, Kevin Shea, and Paul Bruno.

The evening’s master of ceremonies, Brian McFarlane, with the master of “clearing the track,” Eddie Shack.

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Event photos: the last days of IFOA

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors wrapped up last weekend with a number of marquee events, including a reading and book signing with Freedom author and current it-boy Jonathan Franzen. Here are a few moments from the final days:


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The Final Call launch

Retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser launched his book, The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes (Fenn Publishing), at Toronto’s Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant on Oct. 23. Above: Fraser and his wife, Kathy. (Photo by DC Photography/Courtesy of H.B. Fenn and Company)


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Event photo: Gary Taxali’s This is Silly! at the AGO

Noted artist and illustrator Gary Taxali launched his first picture book, This is Silly! (Scholastic Canada), at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario on Sept. 22. The crowd, a crush of well-wishers, book people, artistes, and children, spilled out into the lobby of the AGO. Above: Taxali signs a book for a young fan. (Photo by Wayne Redwood/Courtesy of Scholastic)

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Event photos: Don’t Stop Believin’: The Unofficial Guide To Glee

Wednesday night’s launch for Don’t Stop Believin’: The Unofficial Guide To Glee (ECW Press) was a kavalkade of karaoke held at Toronto’s Duke of York. Above: co-authors Suzanne Gardner (a former Q&Q editorial intern) and Erin Balser musically implore each other to not stop you-know-whatin’. (Photo by Bill Gardner/Courtesy of ECW) (Video here, btw.)

Also at the DSB’! launch, House of Anansi’s Mark Luk stops believin’ in ECW president Jack David’s own gleefulness. See what I did there? (Photo courtesy of ECW)

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