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New York Times Profiles Heather Rose, Author of The Museum of Modern Love

Posted: 2018/11/28

The New York Times ran a fantastic profile of Heather Rose yesterday. In this warm and intimate piece the audience is introduced to both Rose, and her novel, The Museum of Modern Love, which critics have been raving about.

 “A meditation on love and creativity. In an ambitious admix of real-life figures, memorable fictional characters, and a ghost(!) or two, Rose guides an exploration of how best to live and, with distinction, how art might assist…”The New York Journal of Books

 “Museum of Modern Love is a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.” —Bustle

 “The Museum of Modern Love (Algonquin) is a light, easy novel, but it does shed insight into the mysterious Abramović, her personal life, and her artistic vision, as well as the fictionalized characters whose struggles mirror everyday realities.” –Vanity Fair

 “The Dazzlingly Original, International Award-Winning Novel.”—New York Magazine

  “The fundamental achievement of "The Museum of Modern Love" is to convey what was so riveting about "The Artist is Present," which for this reader — not a devotee of performance art — was far from obvious. Rose accomplishes this both through direct discussion of the work and by showing its effect on the lives of the characters… Performance art naysayers: You may like this book more than you would think.”Newsday

 “It acts as both a compassionate biography of Abramovic and a probing look at the nature of art, love and humanity…The book asks more questions than it answers, but it never tries to do too much, staying within the extended metaphor of an artist — Levin, Abramović, Rose — trying to engage with family or an audience or a reader, for however long a time they have together.”amNewYork




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Melinda Gates Recommends Beautiful Oops!

Posted: 2018/11/20   Source:

Philanthropist and mother, Melinda Gates, has recommended Beautiful Oops! as one of the "must-reads" for all young children.

As Gates told Literati, Saltzberg's book empowers children to think differently when things don't go as planned. "Instead of getting upset when you make mistakes, try to see them as a chance to create something as special and as unique as you are," she said.

It's time for all of us to celebrate the possibilities that come from making a mistep!

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Posted: 2018/10/19

René Redzepi and David Zilber's THE NOMA GUIDE TO FERMENTATION (Artisan Books) was officially released this past Tuesday, October 16, and the media is already abuzz about the book. CBS This Morning travelled to Noma in Copenhagen—four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants—to chat with René and David about their fermentation lab and the use of fermentation in the restaurant's menu.

The New York Times included The Noma Guide to Fermentation in their Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018, calling it "[a] significant marker of an ever-advancing culinary culture" and "[a] fresh set of transformative cooking fundamentals [that]... make ferments something cooks reach for as readily as salt."

Forbes also published an article this weeked titled "Why Noma's René Redzepi believes fermentation is the future of food."

The Noma Guide to Fermentation is featured in the cookbook gift guide in the November issue of Canadian House & Home, with features and interviews to come from Postmedia, CBC Radio All in a Weekend, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, La Presse, SHARP Magazine, and more!

René and David were in Toronto last Sunday, October 14 to kick off their North American book tour, where they presented their new book to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at Isabel Bader Theatre. Up next will be a solo trip for David Zilber to Montreal, where Appetite for Books will host a one-on-one Q&A and book signing with David on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Details and RSVP for the event can be found here.


In The Noma Guide to Fermentation, Redzepi and Zilber share for the first time the techniques behind Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. The book translates what they do in the restaurant into approachable and meticulously tested recipes for a home kitchen, with 500 step-by-step time-lapse photographs and illustrations illuminating the process. Its nine chapters—a Primer on fermentation; Lacto-Fermented Fruits and Vegetables; Kombucha; Vinegar; Koji; Misos & Peaso; Shoyu; Garum; and Black Fruits and Vegetables—are ordered from simple to more complicated, so those who have some experience can dive right into the later sections.


RENÉ REDZEPI is the chef and co-owner of Noma, four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Redzepi has twice appeared on the cover of TIME (and been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World); been featured in publications from the New York Times to Wired; and been profiled in two feature-length documentaries and countless national and international media outlets. His first book, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, was an IACP and James Beard Award winner. He is also the author of A Work in Progress. Find him on Instagram @reneredzepinoma and @nomacph.

DAVID ZILBER is a chef and photographer who hails from Toronto, Ontario. He has cooked from coast to coast across North America, most notably as a sous-chef at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. He has worked at Noma since 2014 and has served as director of its fermentation lab since 2016. He enjoys Jamaican patties and quantum physics. Find him on Instagram @david_zilber.

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2019 Blue Spruce Award Nomination

Posted: 2018/10/15

We are thrilled to announce that I Love Sharks, Too! by Leanne Shirtliffe and illustrated by Lorenzo Montatore (Sky Pony Press) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Blue Spruce Award!

The Blue Spruce Award is part of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading—Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This award helps to bring recently published picture books to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2. It also aims to promote reading at a critical time when children are developing their skills in evaluating picture-based stories and text. 

The winner of the Blue Spruce Award will be announced on May 19, 2019, during the Festival of Trees in Toronto.


Here’s more about the book and author:

Stevie likes sharks. Like a LOT. In response to everything his mom asks him, Stevie has an excellent shark fact in response.
“Brush your teeth, Stevie.”
“Mom, Mako sharks don’t have to brush their teeth because they are covered in fluoride.” 
From morning to bedtime—you would think this might totally wear his mom down. But guess who likes sharks, too? 
The book is filled with tons of fun facts, and also information about different shark breeds.

Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor writer. She writes for the Huffington PostNickelodeon's humor site, and authored the book Don't Lick the Mini Van (Skyhorse 2013). When she's not stopping her children from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers. You can read more about her misadventures at She currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.


About the Illustrator:

Lorenzo Montatore has been passionate about drawing from an early age. Heavily influenced by old cartoons and comics, he developed his career working on books, zines, comics and magazines, always bringing a spark of humor and quirkiness to every story he worked on. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

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2018 Anthony Award Winner

Posted: 2018/09/20

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Anthony Award for crime fiction—Best First Novel—has been awarded to Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink) by Kellye Garrett!


The award was announced on Saturday, September 8 at Bouchercon 2018—the World Mystery Convention held in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Anthony Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the crime fiction genre. In addition to the Anthony Award, Garrett previously won the Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY awards for Best First Novel.


In Hollywood Homicide, actress Dayna Anderson has a deadly new role: Homicide Detective. Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.


About the author:

Kellye Garrett (East Orange, NJ) spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

You can find Kellye online at and follow her on Twitter (@kellyekell) and Facebook (@kellyegarrettauthor).


Congratulations, Kellye!

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