ABC – Animals, BBQ and Cinemazoo

Cinemazoo Cover In the Vancouver area and looking for something to do this weekend?

How about an Urban Safari!

Granville Island’s author Gary Oliver has provided animals to many movies you may have watched. Remember the 1990 film “Bird on a Wire” starring Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson?  Well Gary supplied the Burmese python that was used in a scene with Goldie Hawn.

To get up close and personal with some of Gary’s animals head down to Urban Safari this weekend.

And to read more about what it was like working with Goldie Hawn, Mel Gibson buy a copy of his book, Cinemazoo.  Available from our website or at the event at Urban Safari this weekend.

For more information visit his website:

http://www.urbansafari.ca/blog/zoonooz/

Virtually all of Gary’s animals have been rescued, and he’s taken on a mission to help others, especially children and young adults, learn about responsible ownership and species preservation.

Do something different this weekend.   It’s as easy as  learning your ABC – Animals, BBQ and Cinemazoo!

 

A real life mystery

As they shook hands and sat down across from each other in the stark office, Rufus knew that history was being made….

Lukin “Rufus” Johnston had become the first Canadian journalist to interview Hitler. Then he disappeared.

Eighty-Rufus one years later, Colin Castle (Rufus’s grandson-in law) has written a book about his life. He spoke to CBC1 Radio West’s Jacquie Czernin about the mystery that surrounded his death.

Listen to the interview here.

Intrigued by the story of Rufus? Order your copy of the book here.

Helping Children Educate Themselves

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A Path of their Own introduces the groundbreaking concept of “radical respect” as the cornerstone of compassionate parenting and the foundation for an enriched alternative education. When children are deeply respected — seen as they are, and not as we might wish them to be — they flourish, both emotionally and intellectually. Respectful parenting allows children to trust their own instincts and to pursue their individual passions and curiosities, so that they grow up to be creative, resilient and inner-directed adults who stay open and engaged with the world throughout their lives.

Sharing stories from her own experience, author Lael Whitehead, former editor of Home Education News magazine in Vancouver, describes how she took her children out of school and allowed them to learn from life in a natural, self-directed way, without curriculum, grades, discipline or rewards. She candidly shares their journey, thoughts and feelings along the way.

You can get your copy here.

Testimonials:

“As a homeschooling parent, I’ve always been curiously drawn to the idea of unschooling, but have mostly stuck to conventional methods of teaching. This book challenged my ideas of education: how children learn and how to trust their interests. It got me looking at my kids from outside of the “school” box and questioning how I can encourage them to build upon their passions.”
Lisa Marie Fletcher, The Canadian Homeschooler

“A richly rewarding, life-affirming book. Highly recommended.”
Raffi, author, children’s troubadour, founder of Child Honouring.

Author event: Brett Hayward at Banyen Books

Existence—Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between

If you’re in the Vancouver area next week, be sure to attend Brett Hayward’s author event at Banyen Books, as he presents his new book, Existence: Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between.  This event takes place on Tuesday, May 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and is free with no registration required.

You can find out more by clicking here.

Banyen Books is located at: 3608 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

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Was the creation of the universe just a random occurrence or was it created by something other than natural causes? Are science and spirituality’s views on these issues irreconcilable or is there a way of bridging the gap between these disciplines?

Citing examples from his provocative new book, Existence—Science, Spirituality the Spaces Between, Brett Hayward will discuss the common ground that exists between those who believe in a higher power and those who don’t. A philosopher who sees the world through the eyes of a veterinarian, Dr. Hayward, whose inquiry into the nature of existence incorporates a variety of scientific disciplines, will provide compelling evidence that science and spirituality can co-exist harmoniously. www.BrettHayward.com

“The intent is not to preach on religion or to convert people to a specific religion, but to include spirituality in the discussion, in order to keep the search for answers as broad as possible,” Hayward writes. His ability to dive deeply into both pools, and to find the streams between them, makes Existence into a thought-provoking, valuable work — not just on science and spirituality but also for broadening the investigation of intersections between them.”

— Elizabeth Millard, Foreword Magazine

“Brett Hayward explains the mysteries of science in a forthright, accessible and engaging manner in his lovely book Existence. While some scientists see spirituality and science as opposites, Hayward makes ample room for God. One comes away from this book both smarter and more sensitive to life’s many wonders.”

— Ari L. Goldman, professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, author of The Search for God at Harvard and former religion reporter for the New York Times

 

Russia on the brain?

With the motherland being mentioned all over television and the internet lately due to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, many may be suffering from soviet-fever.. If so, we’ve got the perfect thing to fulfill all of your Russian-related needs. Order your copy of “In the Company of Heroes” today, a thrilling tale of political intrigue and forbidden love set in wartime Russia. You can get your copy here!

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Best Books Selection: A Yoga Jungle

Our new book A Yoga Jungle has been recently selected as one of the “Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013″ by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre!!

This book takes children on a journey through a jungle where they encounter jungle animals and other aspects of nature. The illustrations demonstrate a series of yoga postures that will get children off their feet and participating! This book can be used by teachers in yoga classes and in schools for daily physical activity.

- The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s
Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013

Congrats to the authors Brigid Mylod and Rameen Peyrow and illustrator Roger Garcia.
Buy your copy at your local retailer, Amazon or from our website.

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Author Event: Brett Hayward at East-West Books

If you’re in the Seattle area next week, be sure to attend Brett Hayward’s author event at East-West Books, as he presents his new book, Existence: Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between. The event takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7pm, and is free with no registration required. You can find out more by clicking here!

… an insightful, clearly written work that blends philosophy, evolutionary theory, cell biology and physics with intelligent design, biblical viewpoints and spiritual concepts.
Hayward’s ability to dive deeply into both pools, and to find the streams between them, makes Existence into a thought-provoking, valuable work — not just on science and spirituality but also for broadening the investigation of intersections between them.

- ForeWord Reviews

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Jo Blackmore to speak at VPL’s Publishers Panel Event

Our publisher, Jo Blackmore, was invited to be a panel member at the Vancouver Public Library’s Publisher’s Panel event: Introduction to Self-Publishing.

As the event’s tagline reads, “Join our panel presentation of professional self-publishers as they share their knowledge and professional experiences of self-publishing within the book industry.”

The event takes place on Saturday, November 16th at 1pm.

Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Author Events: Bravest Canadian East Coast Tour

Sam McBride is embarking on another press tour for his book The Bravest Canadian and this time he’s hitting the east coast! Check out the list below for an event near you!

Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown – Wed Sept 25 – Bookmark Store – 12-1pm
Charlottetown – Thurs Sept 26 – Indigo Store – 1-3pm

New Brunswick
Fredericton – Fri Sept 27 – Chapters Store - 3-4:30pm
Moncton – Sat Sept 28 – Chapters Store – 12-2pm
Saint John – Sun Sept 29 – Indigo Store – 12-2pm

Nova Scotia
Halifax – Tues Oct 1 – Chapters Bayers Lake Store -
12-1:30pm
Dartmouth – Tues Oct 1 – Chapters Mic Mac Mall Store – 2:30-4pm
Halifax – Tues Oct 1 – Presentation @ the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – 7:30pm
Truro – Wed Oct 2 – Coles Truro Mall Store – 12-1:30pm
New Glasgow – Wed Oct 2 – Coles Highland Square Mall Store – 3:30-5pm