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Top Shelf: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Top Shelf: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

[November 27, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

This Top Shelf is all about ideas for the particular types of readers on your gift list.

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Little You Let's All Dance

Julie Flett on Illustration and First Nations Children's Literature

[November 26, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

A conversation about holey socks, wallpaper patterns, big suns, and all the exciting things happening in First Nations c …

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A Brush Full of Colour

On Our Radar: Art Books Spectacular

[November 24, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Books with buzz worth sharing. 

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Vegetables

Sarah Elton: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Canadian Farmers' Markets

[November 21, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

What's old is new again in the age of the 100 Mile Diet

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Ursula Pflug on Motion Sickness

[November 20, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

She talks to us about flash fiction, how she sees with her extra eyes, and stories "on the verge of now." 

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Shelf Talkers for November

Shelf Talkers for November

[November 19, 2014] | By [Rob Wiersema]

Our cross-country panel of Canadian indie booksellers is back with their picks leading into the busy holiday season.

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Mr Gauguin's Heart

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Art Books

[November 18, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Six books to appeal to the young artist.

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Julie Morstad: How to Be Brave

Gallery: Julie Morstad

[November 17, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

A gallery of illustrations by Julie Morstad, winner of the 2014 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Prize.

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Strange Material Cover

Strange Material

[November 13, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

This excerpt from Leanne Prain's new book explores the ways that textile artists are using digital and social media to f …

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Books for the Holidays Contest

Books for the Holidays Contest

[November 13, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

We've got a new contest, and the winner gets a $500 shopping spree on 49th Shelf!

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Top Shelf: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

tagged : Top Shelf, 2014, awards

It is high time, given the holiday season almost upon us (aargh!), that we publish a new installment of Top Shelf, the series compiling great lists and posts on 49th Shelf. This one's all about ideas for the particular types of readers on your gift list.

Of course this can't be comprehensive, because it would take days to highlight the best lists on 49th Shelf in 2014. But here's our offer: if you're looking for another kind of book for a different kind of reader, tweet us @49thShelf and we'll help you find it!

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For the chef, the 2014 Taste Canada shortlist, including books by Lynn Crawford, Nick Saul, Andrea Curtis, and Lucy Waverman.

 

For the science buff, nominees for the Lane Anderson Award (celebrating the best science writing in Canada today, both for adults and kids).

 

For the urban planner and architecture student, a list of gorgeous …

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Julie Flett on Illustration and First Nations Children's Literature

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Right now is a particularly amazing time for Canadian children's literature, in particular due to a fleet of incredible illustrators whose work has catapulted us into a golden age. Julie Flett is one of them. 

Julie Flett is an award-winning author, illustrator, and artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. She is Cree-Métis. Julie studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif), and most recently Julie's book Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu was chosen as the First Nation Communities READ title selection for 2014–2015. As the author and illustrator of the 2014–2015 selection, Julie is the first-time recipient of the 2014 Aboriginal Literature Award sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of Canada.

She is also remarkable for illustrating Little You by Richard Van Camp, the only book my baby daughter would pay attention to during her first 16 months of life. Which is to say that I'm very familiar with Julie Flett's work, so I was pleased t …

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On Our Radar: Art Books Spectacular

"On Our Radar" is a monthly 49th Shelf series featuring books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews about great new books in a multitude of genres from all around the Internet.

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Introducing Suzy Lake, by Sophie Hackett

"The artist regards us like an unbowed veteran of a long and difficult campaign." 

This career retrospective accompanies the exhibit on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Read more about the exhibit, also called "Introducing Suzy Lake," in Rupert Everett-Green's recent review in the Globe and Mail.

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Wilf Perrault: In the Alley by Dave Margoshes (Editor), Timothy Long and Donald Kerr

We were pleased to feature an excerpt from In the Alley on our blog earlier this month, a book that commemorates the Wilf Perrault exhibit on at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina until January 4.

"I was never a cutting edge artist," Donald Kerr quotes Perreault as saying. "All I want to be is true to me. I’ll be a cutting edge artist someday."

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Sarah Elton: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Canadian Farmers' Markets

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"Talking History" is a new biweekly series made possible through a special funding grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The series focuses on a wide range of topics in Canadian history, exploring the notion of history as a compelling form of storytelling of interest to large audiences. These articles by Canada's foremost historians and history experts use the power of narrative to bring the past to life, drawing connections between then and now to show how these stories are not just relevant, but essential to our understanding of Canada and the world today.

This week, we're presenting Sarah Elton, a journalist and author of three bestselling books about food. Her most recent book, Starting from Scratch: What You Need to Know About Food and Cooking, written for young people, is a finalist for the 2015 Ontario Library Association's Red Maple award. 

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St. Lawrence Market

In a photo of a butcher stand taken at the St. Lawrence Market around 1895, two men, wearing top hats with their work smocks, stand in front of hanging rows of meat—hogs, beef, as well as game b …

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Ursula Pflug on Motion Sickness

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We're taking a look at Art Books throughout November, and so our interview with Ursula Pflug on her new book, Motion Sickness, is timely, considering its remarkable scratchboard illustrations by SK Dyment.

Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed slipstream novel, Green Music. She has published over 70 short stories in professional publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has also been shortlisted for the Aurora, the Sunburst, Pulp Press's 3-Day Novel, Descant's Novella Contest, and many more. Currently, she edits short fiction for The Link and teaches creative writing with a focus on the short story at Loyalist College. Her long awaited and highly praised story collection After the Fires appeared in 2008. Harvesting The Moon, a new collection, was published in 2013 from PS Publishing, a UK boutique press specializing in literary speculative fiction including the Bradbury estate. The Alphabet Stones, was also published by in 2013.

She talks to us about flash fiction, her novel's exoskeleton, how she sees with her extra eyes, and stories "on the verge of now." 

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49th Shelf: Motion Sickness is a flash novel, which sounds kind of like an oxymoron. You’re really deliberate in your structure—55 chapters of exactl …

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