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Quillcast episode five: Rosemary Sullivan and Molito

Quillcast is a podcast series from Quill & Quire featuring behind-the-scenes conversations with authors and publishing insiders.

In this episode, Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author and poet Rosemary Sullivan speaks about her first children’s book, Molito, co-written with her husband, musician Juan Opitz, and illustrated by her sister, Colleen. 

Known for her biographies of Margaret Atwood and Gwendolyn MacEwen, Sullivan is currently working on Stalin’s Daughter, a biography of Svetlana Stalina, which will be published in 2014 by HarperCollins Canada.

Juan Opitz and Rosemary Sullivan

Quillcast is produced with media partners The Walrus, Open Book: Ontario, and Open Book: Toronto, with support from Toronto Life. This project has been generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund.

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Thank you to Juan Opitz, who generously recorded this podcast in his studio.

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Target to join Canadian book retailers in spring 2013

It looks like Canadian book retailers will have some bright red competition next year.

Toronto Life reports that U.S. big-box giant Target has confirmed the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada. All are in Ontario, scheduled to open by early April 2013. The majority of the remaining 100 to 110 stores planned across Canada will also open next year.

It’s too early to say what impact Target will have on Canadian book retail. In the U.S.,Target.com currently offers almost 6,000 titles in its online bookstore, predominantly in the bestseller, lifestyle, and children’s categories. Price-wise, the chain is competitive with other large retailers; for example, the recently released paperback version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants costs $10.34 (U.S.) at Target and Walmart, and $10.87 on Amazon.

Target recently reported weak December sales in electronics, movies, books, and music.

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories get sporty with the Roller Derby World Cup and Where Canada‘s top skiing apps.

Giving roller derby a sporting chance [Torontoist]

Our five favourite skiing apps [Where Canada]

Holiday gift guide 2011 [Toronto Life]

Introducing Nail Corner: your guide to DIY manicures [Fashion Magazine]

A cute and simple winter snack: hot chocolate marshmallow mugs [Canadian Family]

Ottawa Magazine food editor Shawna Wagman kick-starts holiday shopping [Ottawa Magazine]

Weekend sweets: two divine pretzel treats [20 Minute Supper Club]

Thirty-five gorgeous blue bouquets [Wedding Bells]

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include a history of LGBT publisher Pink Triangle Press and a new biography of former National Ballet of Canada artistic director Celia Franca.

A brief history of Pink Triangle Press [Torontoist]

New biography explores battles and heartbreaks of Celia Franca [Ottawa Magazine]

Next year could see the return of chickens to Toronto’s backyards [Toronto Life]

Giles Deacon on all things ballet, Tumblr, and Cecil Beaton [Fashion Magazine]

The games our children make us play [Canadian Family]

Inspiring Canadian helicopter tours [Where Canada]

Food-lover holiday gift ideas [20 Minute Supper Club]

Canadian-made favours unique to each province [Wedding Bells]

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include extreme winter activities and a holiday gift guide.

Fifteen extreme Canadian winter activities [Where Canada]

Holiday gift guide 2011 [Fashion Magazine]

Holt Renfrew rolls out resort collections from Marni, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and more [Toronto Life]

How to make chocolate cake in a mug [Canadian Family]

Top food trends spotted at Gold Medal Plates 2011 [Ottawa Magazine]

Banana bread in the slow cooker [20 Minute Supper Club]

Fifty adorable ways to dress up your pet for your wedding day [Wedding Bells]

Occupy Toronto: one month in and safe, for now [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include teaching your kids classic Canadian songs and Movember grooming advice.

Thirteen great songs every Canadian kid should know [Canadian Family]

How to not look like a complete jerk for the rest of Movember [Torontoist]

Bankruptcy in Europe, deficits in the U.S. and Canada. What comes next? [Ottawa Magazine]

Fifteen historic Canadian battle sites [Where Canada]

Five easy party appetizers [20 Minute Supper Club]

2011’s most romantic cakes and flowers [Wedding Bells]

Holt Renfrew unveils its holiday windows [Toronto Life]

Photos from the Versace for H&M runway show and afterparty [Fashion Magazine]

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include a gastronomical homage to Ferran Adrià at the Cookbook Store and the unveiling of Team Canada’s Olympic uniforms.

A visual tour of El Bulli Imitació, Matt Kantor’s epic 22-course homage to Ferran Adrià at the Cookbook Store [Toronto Life]

The Bay unveils Team Canada’s London 2012 Olympic Games apparel [Fashion Magazine]

Get kids talking with the high-low game [Canadian Family]

Wine and Food Festival preview with expert David Lawrason [Ottawa Magazine]

MoneySense weighs in: best credit cards for travel –  [Where Canada]

Four dishes to fight cold and flu season [20 Minute Supper Club]

Thirteen cost-cutting ideas from photography to catering [Wedding Bells]

Photo gallery: Church Street’s best Halloween costumes [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include Canadian Family’s book picks, Toronto’s best tacos, and fashion-inspired Halloween costumes.

Books we want to read right now [Canadian Family]

Toronto’s eight best tacos, from the traditional to the tricked-out [Toronto Life]

Fashion’ween [Fashion Magazine]

An unorthodox message: Up close and political with Imam Zijad Delic [Ottawa Magazine]

EnRoute names Canada’s 10 best new restaurants [Where Canada]

Five tasty movie-night snacks [20 Minute Supper Club]

The hottest new styles from Bridal Fashion Week [Wedding Bells]

One year of street art dedicated to mayor Ford [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include the fate of Ghostbusters III, favourite Toronto indie bookstores, and a preview of this year’s Canzine festival.

Toronto staff picks: Our 10 best-loved indie bookstores [Where Canada]

Canzine 2011 preview [Torontoist]

The script for the new Ghostbusters III is in Dan Aykroyd’s truck [Toronto Life]

Toronto Fashion Week diary: One stellar spring collection and a model tumble at Attitude Jay Manuel [Fashion Magazine]

Food news: The price of peanut butter is on the rise [Canadian Family]

Occupy Ottawa was a misfire … but maybe the timing’s just off [Ottawa Magazine]

Celebrate Oktoberfest by cooking with beer [20 Minute Supper Club]

Eighteen different ways to make your wedding cupcakes prettier [Wedding Bells]


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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include photos from the Signal imprint launch and street fashion from New York, Milan, and Paris.

McClelland & Stewart launches its non-fiction imprint, Signal [Toronto Life]

100 photos of fashion trends worn on the streets of New York, Milan, and Paris [Fashion Magazine]

No-bake Halloween treat: Spiderweb Pretzel Snacks [Canadian Family]

Road trip: Millers’ Farm in Manotick for pick-your-own pumpkins [Ottawa Magazine]

Staff picks: Our 10 favourite spots for an autumn stroll [Where]

Dinnertime shortcut: Five recipes using ketchup [20 Minute Supper Club]

Five cake trends that will carry on to 2012 [Wedding Bells]

Ten questions with: Silver Elvis [Torontoist]

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