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    The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
    by Walter Isaacson
    Hardcover: 560 pages
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster - Oct. 7 2014 
    ISBN-10: 147670869X
    ISBN-13: 978-1476708690
    About the Author:
    Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, DC.

    'The Innovators' is a serial biography of a number of highly creative scientists and engineers since the 1840s who gave us the Third Industrial Revolution - transistors, microchips and microprocessors, programmable computers and their software, PCs, and the graphic interface. In turn, those innovations set the stage for video games, the Internet, search engines, Wikipedia, and touchscreens. One important conclusion - the most important digital advances have been made by teams and collaboration, not lone geniuses, and founded on incremental improvements over time. Creative people and ideas, however, are not enough. Isaacson also points out the contributions of necessity (eg. wars), and venture capital.
    AT&T’s Bell Labs during and after WWII was a great ‘idea factory,’ per Isaacson; other examples include Xerox’s PARC (possibly the origin of most electronic innovations in the 1970s - the ethernet, ENIAC, the mouse, and graphical user interface), the Manhattan Project at wartime Los Alamos, Intel, Grace Hopper and Howard Aiken, , pre-Microsoft Bill Gates and Paul Allen (BASIC, DOS), Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage (an 1830s punched-card-driven computer).
    The book opens with a fascinating and detailed description of the amazing Lovelace/Babbage computer - 100 years ahead of its time, needing scores of technological advances to implement. Another early predecessor described was Hollerith’s punch card tabulator - used to automate the 1890 Census (took one year, instead of the customary eight); the company he founded became IBM in 1924, after a series of mergers and acquisitions. In between came Lord Kelvin and James Thomson’s ‘harmonic synthesizer’ that could perform integration (calculus). Then came Vannevar Bush’s ‘Differential Analyzer’ - a bedroom-sized analog machine that could solve equations with up to 18 independent variables - later versions created artillery firing tables, but it was the last of any successful analog computing effort for many decades. Next Alan Turing, followed by many others - en route to today’s modern computers.
    Bottom-Line - ‘The Innovators’ is a fascinating history of today’s technology.
    - by  Loyd E. Eskildson

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    Naomi Klein wins 2014 Hilary Weston Prize
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — http://www.cbc.ca
    Canadian activist and author Naomi Klein has won the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for her “groundbreaking” book about climate change This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
    Klein was revealed as this year’s winner of the annual literary prize at an event in Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario on Tuesday evening. The prize is the most lucrative literary award for a nonfiction book published in Canada.
    When her name was called, an emotional Klein took to the stage. She praised the other “wonderful” books on the shortlist and said her win was not “supposed to happen.” Still, she has been encouraged by the reception to her book and believes “there is a deep desire for change in this country.”
    In a post-ceremony interview with CBC Books, Klein said that winning the prestigious Hilary Weston Prize may help her book reach different audiences.
    "Maybe even people who disagree with my politics might engage with it … For me, I want the book to stimulate debate, I don’t just want the book to entrench people’s positions," she said. "I think we really need to air this out."
    The jury, which included past Hilary Weston Prize winner Charles Foran, writers Priscila Uppal, Merrily Weisbord, CBC News’ Peter Mansbridge, and filmmaker Deepa Mehta, lauded Klein’s book for its “fresh insights” into the climate crisis.
    "[Her] urgency and outrage is balanced by meticulous documentation and passionate argument," the jury said in its citation. "Heart and mind go hand in hand in this magisterial response to a present crisis."
    The 44-year-old author became a prominent Canadian figure shortly after the publication of her bestselling and highly influential counter-globalization book No Logo in 1999. Another of her other major nonfiction works is The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), which examines the strategy of political leaders exploiting times of emergency or upheaval to push through unpopular or controversial free-market policies.
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    The other finalists, who will each receive $5,000, were:
    - Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them by Susan Delacourt (Douglas & McIntyre)
    - Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery (Doubleday Canada)
    - Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online by Paula Todd (Signal)
    - Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter (House of Anansi Press)
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    One of the gala’s highlights was McMaster University student Ashley Ash reading her essay ‘No One’s Girl’ during a special segment. Ash, a recent high school graduate, won the inaugural Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest, which earned her $2,500, and her former high school, Vaughan Road Academy, an additional $1,000.

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    Photo I: RIchard Flanagan and his book // Photo II: The Narrow Road to the Deep North //
    Photo II: Man Booker shortlisted authors (l-r): Ali Smith, Neel Mukherjee, Howard Jacobson, Karen Joy Fowler, Richard Flanagan and Joshua Ferris
    Man Booker Prize: Richard Flanagan wins for wartime love story
    By Tim Masters - October 15 2014 BBC news
    Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
    AC Grayling, chair of the judges, said it was a “remarkable love story as well as a story about human suffering and comradeship”.
    Flanagan’s novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War Two.
    It was announced as the winner on Tuesday at London’s Guildhall.
    Flanagan, 53, was presented with his prize by The Duchess of Cornwall.
    "In Australia the Man Booker is sometimes seen as something of a chicken raffle," Flanagan said. "I just didn’t expect to end up the chicken."
    The book was inspired by the author’s father, a Japanese prisoner of war who survived the Death Railway, but died aged 98 on the day the novel was finished.
    The railway between Bangkok in Thailand and Rangoon in Burma was built by Japan in 1943 to support its forces, using forced labour. More than 100,000 people died during its construction.
    'Truth in detail'
    "The battle was to write something that wasn’t [my father’s] story but, at the same time, true to the fundamental spiritual truth of his experience," Flanagan told the BBC.
    "He trusted me, he never asked me what the story was. But I did talk to him often about very small things.
    "What the mud was like, what the smell of a rotting tropical ulcer that had eaten through to the shin bone exactly was. What a tiny ball of sour rice would taste like when you’re starving, what starvation felt like in your belly and your brain.
    "It was those things I talked to him about because I think truth exists in those small but very real physical details."
    Grayling said the judges reached a majority decision after three hours of debate.
    "The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war," he said.
    "Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism."
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North is Tasmania-born Flanagan’s sixth novel and it took 12 years to complete.
    The story is set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans, who is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier.
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    RICHARD FLANAGAN - AT A GLANCE
    Born in Tasmania in July 1961.
    Flanagan’s previous novels - Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting - have been published in 26 countries.
    He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping (1998), which starred Kerry Fox.
    He also co-wrote the screenplay for Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 film Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
    The book is dedicated “to prisoner san byaku san ju go” - a reference to his father’s Japanese prison number, 335.
    Catherine Taylor, reviewing the book for The Telegraph, said: “Flanagan’s writing courses like a river, sometimes black with mud, sludge and corpses, sometimes bright with moonlight.”
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    Carl Wilkinson, in the Financial Times, called it “elegantly wrought, measured and without an ounce of melodrama”.
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North had been the bookmakers’ second favourite after Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives Of Others, a sweeping account of life in 1960s Calcutta.
    Also on the shortlist were authors Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson and Ali Smith.
    'Kick in the stomach'
    Grayling said: “The best and worst of judging books is when you come across one that kicks you so hard in the stomach like this that you can’t pick up the next one in the pile for a couple of days. That’s what happened in the case of this book.”
    This was the first year that the Man Booker Prize had been open to all authors writing in English, regardless of nationality. Some writers had expressed fears that the change in the rules could lead to dominance by US authors
    The shortlist consisted of two American writers, three British and one Australian.
    "There is a very powerful cohort of contemporary American writers, but neither the longlist nor the shortlist was overwhelmed by them," said Grayling.
    Last year, the Booker was won by New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries. At 28, she was the youngest ever winner.
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    Man Booker Prize shortlist 2014
    Author - Title - Nationality
    Joshua Ferris - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - American
    Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Australian
    Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - American
    Howard Jacobson - J - British
    Neel Mukherjee - The Lives of Others - British
    Ali Smith - How to be Both - British

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    At the Desk: Dean Griffiths
    Submitted by Grace on June 5, 2013 - http://www.openbooktoronto.com
    In my twenty-seven year journey as a professional illustrator, I’ve had many different work spaces, ranging from dim, mouldy holes to fairly bright, more open ones. From the dark depths of not knowing if I’d ever be an illustrator to the sunny fields of seeing my work in print.
    When I first became serious about putting pencil to paper and attempting to capture all the characters and scenes that existed in my head, location was not as important as it is now. I was just as happy crouched over a cheap little sketchpad on the floor in front of the TV as I was sitting at a comfortable desk. Whatever surface allowed me to get down my ideas was the perfect place to be. Somewhere there is a photograph of me as a kid, on the floor, shirtless and hunched over a sketchpad, revealing a fine view of my well-defined vertebrae (whereas now they are obscured by so much middle-aged chunk… anyway, I digress).
    My latest space is only a few weeks old, but it is by far the most comfortable I’ve ever had. The space is divided it into tiny, glorious workstations (I use my imagination to make them glorious), and I travel from station to station like a passenger on a train. There is my drafting-table station (Photo III), my light-table station, my painting-table station (Photo II) and my computer desk area. (Photo I)
    The drafting table station is my first stop on the picture book journey. This is where I develop my initial ideas, from rough character sketches and page layouts to final drawings. Many illustrators argue that this is the most important space, and I would agree. A well-honed drawing is the key to a good illustration, and that is why I always tell students to draw as much as they can every moment they can. Draw and draw and draw (draw lots).
    When the drawings have been approved by my editor and publisher, they travel to the light table — a magnificent, light-filled tracing table my dad built for me. This is a short stop, where I place the final drawing down, lay the watercolour paper overtop and do the tracing.
    From there, it’s east to the painting table, where I fasten the paper securely to a plywood board and lay the colour down. Here, close to the window for maximum natural light, I brush on the initial washes and add countless strokes of coloured pencil for the finishing touches.
    That brings us to the computer desk, a station I return to numerous times during the journey. At each stop, I use it to look up anything from a reference for mice feet to the best colour scheme for a monster family kitchen.
    Along the journey there are always delays so the editorial conductors can check the baggage and make sure all the characters are accounted for and in their proper seats. Then it’s on to the publisher, the designer, the printer, the distributor, and finally into the hands of readers who are ready for their very own journey.
    — Dean Griffiths
    Photo IV: Illustrator in residence from February 20 2012, Dean Griffiths reading to the grade 2 and 3 classes in the library at Gabriola Elementary School - Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada - photo by Chris Bowers // Photo V: Illustration from the book: The Stowaways.

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    The Stowaways
    by Meghan Marentette
    Hardcover / Pages: 240
    Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
    Typesetting and book design by Rebecca Buchanan
    Published by Pajama Press Inc., Toronto
    Ages 8–12
    ISBN: 978-1-927485-33-0
    "I love this book, the story, the illustrations, the binding , right down to the red ribbon bookmark." - Steve MacDowall
    A family adventure turns into a dangerous rescue mission as a young mouse searches for his missing grandfather.
    The Stowaways aren’t like the other Weedle mice. They are inventive and curious, they go on adventures, and they are much too clever for their own good. In fact, everyone knows that Grampa Stowaway was killed in a trap on one of his adventures. So, who would want to associate with a family like that?
    There’s something else about the Stowaways. They keep secrets. Rory has made friends with a bird, their natural enemy; and his twin brother Morgan dreams of sailing away. But Gran has the biggest secret of all—and Rory has discovered what it is. If Rory and Gran act on their suspicions, will they be heading for disaster? Or will it be the greatest Stowaway adventure of all?
    Award-winning illustrator Dean Griffiths’ nostalgic illustrations create instant charm, while Meghan Marentette’s warm, expressive storytelling transports readers to a world of acorn-cap lanterns and button-wheel bicycles where the adventures are enormous and the tiniest are the bravest of all.

    As a child, Meghan Marentette loved collecting odds and ends to build miniature worlds for her toys. Later, as a costume designer for film and television, she was assigned to make tiny costumes for stop-motion animation puppets. It was during this job that Meghan conceived of the miniature world of her first novel, The Stowaways, which has been a finalist for the Ann Connor Brimer Award, the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, and the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Meghan lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Book Prize for Maggie Can’t Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don’t Wear Glasses. Dean’s 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

    Awards and Honours:
    2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy finalist
    2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award finalist
    2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature finalist
    2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
    2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
    2013 OLA Best Bets honourable mention

    Reviews:
    “In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “Not since Stuart Little has the heart of a valiant mouse beat quite so fiercely as that of Rory Stowaway in Meghan Marentette’s first novel, The Stowaways. It meets and exceeds all the expectations of a good mouse story, with a well-constructed and self-sufficient mouse world, a teeny-tiny hero set against impossible odds, and an adventure brimming with mystery that scampers from chapter to chapter.”—National Reading Campaign

    “A fine debut that deserves a place alongside Cynthia Voigt’s Young Fredle (Knopf) and Richard Peck’s Secrets at Sea (Dial, both 2011).”—School Library Journal

    “…this appealing book will quickly find its audience, fans of mouse adventure tales from George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square (1960) to Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) to Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Desereaux (2003).”—Booklist

    “…charmingly illustrated by Dean Griffiths… exciting, interesting, and really good fun. I hesitate to compare it to The Wind in the Willows, but it is in the same league; so read and enjoy…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

    “Like Arrietty of The Borrowers or Stuart Little, Rory Stowaway is a pocket-sized hero set against rather large odds… an engaging story which would also be a wonderful read-aloud book for younger children at home or in the classroom. The book’s endearing characters, exciting plot and the central themes of family and growing up would be fertile ground for classroom discussion.”—Canadian Children’s Book News Winter 2014

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    The Bone Clocks
    by David Mitchell
    Hardcover, 624 pages
    Published September 2nd 2014 by Random House
    ISBN: 1400065674 (ISBN13: 9781400065677)
    Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
    For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
    A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

    About this author
    David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England. After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Ireland with his wife Keiko and their two children. In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote: “I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it. I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I’d spent the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus? This is my answer to myself.” Mitchell’s first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), moves around the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre-Millennial New York City, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect. The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best work of British literature written by an author under 35) and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. Mitchell’s American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.

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    Carolyn Kizer’s Poetry collections:
    - see Memories: Carolyn Kizer click here http://thursdayfilebuzz.tumblr.com/post/99770423761/carolyn-kizer-pulitzer-winning-poet-dies-at-89
    1 - Cool, Calm, and Collected: Poems 1960-2000 . Copper Canyon Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1-55659-181-5 
    2 - Pro Femina: A Poem BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000, ISBN 9781886157309 
    3 - Harping On: Poems 1985-1995, Copper Canyon Press, 1996, ISBN 9781556591150 
    4 - The Nearness of You, Copper Canyon Press, 1986, ISBN 9780914742968 
    5 - Yin, Boa Editions, 1984, ISBN 9780918526441 — Pulitzer Prize winner
    6 - Mermaids in the basement: poems for women, Copper Canyon Press, 1984, ISBN 9780914742807 
    7 - Midnight Was My Cry: New and Selected Poems, Doubleday, 1971 
    8 - Knock Upon Silence, Doubleday, 1965 
    9 - The Ungrateful Garden, 1961; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1999, ISBN 9780887482762 
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    Poet, essayist, and translator Carolyn Kizer was born in 1925 in Spokane, Washington. Raised by a prominent lawyer and highly educated mother, Kizer’s childhood was suffused with poetry. Of her development as a poet, she noted to the Poetry Society of America: “My parents were both romantics: father favored the poems of [John] Keats; mother went for [Walt] Whitman. No evening of my childhood passed without my being read to. But I think my choices of [Gertrude] Stein and [George Bernard] Shaw show that my tastes were different. I remember that when I was eleven or twelve I came storming home from school demanding, ‘Why didn’t you ever tell me about [Alexander] Pope and [John] Dryden?’ They were stunned. Our library, copious as it was, didn’t contain the works of either. These were lasting influences. I have continued to prefer, and write, poems that have what you might call ‘a sting in the tail.’ Add Catullus and Juvenal. I adored wit, irony, and intellectual precision.” Kizer’s work is known for just those traits. From her early poems in The Ungrateful Garden (1961) to the Pulitzer-prize winning Yin: New Poems (1984) to such later works as Pro Femina (2000), which satirizes liberated women writers by mimicking the hexameter used by the ancient misogynist poet Juvenal, and her retrospective Calm, Cool, and Collected: Poems 1960-2000 (2001), Kizer’s work has received acclaim for its intellectual rigor, formal mastery, and willingness to engage with political realities. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Carolyn Kizer is a kind of institution… For over 40 years, she’s made poems with a stern work ethic of literary thought and linguistic scrupulousness.” In an interview with Allan Jalon for the Los Angeles Times, Kizer described her own style: “I’m not a formalist, not a confessional poet, not strictly a free-verse poet.” Jalon described Kizer as, “Tough without being cold, sometimes satirical (she’s a great admirer of Alexander Pope),” and noted that “her work expresses a worldly largeness that repeatedly focuses on the points at which lives meet. ‘That’s my subject,’” concluded Kizer. “No matter how brief an encounter you have with anybody, you both change.”

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    Laughing All The Way to the Mosque
    by Zarqa Nawaz - bio click here
    Hardcover: 246 pages
    Publisher: Collins Canada  - June 16 2014
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1443416932
    ISBN-13: 978-1443416931
    Journalist and documentarian Zarqa Nawaz has spent her career trying to bridge cultural gaps — a passion born of personal experience. She was was born in England but grew up in Brampton, Ont., and often felt like an outsider. Her silliness and irreverence haven’t always gone over well in Muslim communities, and her religious beliefs haven’t always been well-received in secular circles.
    Now Nawaz, who is best known as the creator of CBC sitcom Little Mosque On The Prairie, has released an autobiographical collection of stories: Laughing All The Way to the Mosque. Her book, like her show, tries to speak to two audiences, making Islam understandable for non-Muslims, while honestly representing the Muslim experience for the broader population. She stopped by CBC Radio’s Q on July 2 to discuss her life, work and the new book. You can listen to her conversation with Jian Ghomeshi below:
    http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/07/02/zarqa-nawaz-on-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-mosque/
    Nawaz wanted to write a “memoir of sorts” to showcase how diverse the Muslim experience can be. This is also why she created the television show Little Mosque on the Prairie. “Whenever you read a Muslim woman’s memoir, she’s either been shot by the Taliban or kidnapped by Somali pirates. This is probably the first Muslim woman’s memoir about growing up in the suburbs,” she said. “My slogan is, ‘I am boring.’”
    She may be boring and she may be funny, but that doesn’t mean her work isn’t important. Early on in her career, Nawaz realized how powerful comedy could be. “Comedy opens up people’s mind to issues that they might not normally be able to open up to,” she said. “It’s almost a coping strategy. It’s a way for me to deal with what’s happening in the world and be able to talk to people without getting so deadly serious about it.”

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    Ca C’est Fait Comme Ca
    by Gérard Depardieu
    Broché: 171 pages
    Editeur : XO (2 octobre 2014)
    Langue : Français
    ISBN-10: 2845637322
    ISBN-13: 978-2845637320
    Now Trending: Gérard Depardieu reveals shocking past in new book
    by Andrew Ryan - The Globe and Mail - Monday, October 06 2014
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    Mon dieu. We might have guessed that French actor Gérard Depardieu had a storied past, but who knew he was once a male prostitute and grave robber?
    The 65-year-old actor makes these revelations in his new autobiography titled Ca C’est Fait Comme Ca (It Happened Like That), reports The Daily Mail on Sunday.
    Depardieu has been a fixture in French cinema since his leading-man debut in the 1974 black comedy Les Valseuses (Going Places). His career took off on the international level with his role in the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card in which he starred opposite Andie MacDowell.
    But there seems little to laugh about in Depardieu’s account of his troubled upbringing in small town of Châteauroux in central France.
    In the new book, which Depardieu co-authored with French writer Lionel Duroy, the actor reaches back to his earliest memories for the shocking revelation that he grew up with his mother telling him that she attempted to abort him in the womb by using knitting needles.
    “And to think I almost killed you,” Depardieu recalls his mother telling him as a child.
    Depardieu also writes that he was in his early teens when he realized he was attractive to men.
    “I’ve known since I was very young that I please homosexuals,” he says in the book, adding that when men approached him for sex, “I would ask them for money.”
    The new book also reveals that at 16 Depardieu spent three weeks in prison for stealing a car, after which he moved from Châteauroux to Paris, where he resumed his male prostitute activities – with an added twist.
    “At 20, the thug in me was alive and kicking,” writes Depardieu. “I would rip some of them off. I would beat up some bloke and leave with all his money.”
    Depardieu also writes that his illegal activities included grave-robbing, claiming that he and another man would dig up freshly-buried bodies to steal jewellery and clothing.
    Depardieu devotes space in the book to his controversial decision to obtain Russian citizenship in order to avoid paying a hefty tax rate in his native country.
    In the book, Depardieu refers to France as a “filthy mess” and claims he yelled, “Are you happy now?” in a phone conversation with French president François Hollande after he relocated to Russia.
    Depardieu also writes about his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he apparently admired from their very first meeting in 2008.
    “We could have both become hoodlums,” he writes. “I think he immediately liked my hooligan side… the fact that I had occasionally been picked up off the pavement dead drunk. Like with me, nobody would have betted a penny on him when he was 15.”
    And not surprisingly, Depardieu addresses his fondness for alcohol, which resulted in him being arrested for drunk driving in 2012, reports the Daily Mail.
    More recently, Depardieu has boasted that he consumes up to 14 bottles of wine each and every day.
    As Depardieu claims in the book, his drinking isn’t an indication that he is an alcoholic, but rather a man consumed by his phobias.
    “I’m obsessed with the racket in my body, the beating of my heart, the gurgling of my intestines, my joints cracking,” he writes.
    “It’s become a phobia to the point that if I’m alone in ahotel I must drink so as not to hear it, so as not to go mad from it. I can’t get to sleep if I am dead drunk.”

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    Pasta Sfoglia: From Our Table to Yours, More Than 100 Fresh, Seasonal Pasta Dishes
    by Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Suhanosky with Susan Simon
    Hardcover: 224 pages
    Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 22, 2009)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0470371331
    ASIN: B007R91O0C
    Photo I: The book // Photo II: Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Marnell-Suhanosky // Photo III: Susan Simon and owner, Ron Suhanosky. Inset - Goodie bag contents, the making of a great pasta dish.

    Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Marnell-Suhanosky, graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, are the chef-owners of the acclaimed Sfoglia restaurants on Nantucket and in Manhattan, as well as the store Tutto Sfoglia. In 2003 Sfoglia was named a Rising Star of American Cuisine by the James Beard Foundation. Before opening the first Sfoglia in 1999, Ron worked in the kitchens of such celebrated restaurants as New York City’s River Café and Il Buco, Colleen at Gramercy Tavern, and Boston’s Biba. They also traveled together to Italy, cooking at such restaurants as Cibréo in Florence and La Crota in Alba. The Suhanoskys live with their three children in New York City and on Nantucket.

    The renowned Sfoglia restaurant reveals its pasta secrets-easily recreated in your own kitchen.
    Tables at Sfoglia in Manhattan and Nantucket are much sought-after by the fans of the restaurant’s authentic and delicious cuisine. Now you won’t have to wait for a table at Sfoglia. With Pasta Sfoglia, you can prepare its master recipes right in your own kitchen. Here, for the first time, chef-owners Ron and Colleen share recipes from their kitchen, enabling home cooks to make sophisticated pasta dishes with efficiency and ease. They  found the perfect collaborator in cookbook author, Susan Simon, who shares their passion for all things Italian.
    Beautifully illustrated in full color, Pasta Sfoglia lets you
    - Use the step-by-step instructions to create perfect pasta-the Sfoglia way
    - Experience dishes ranging from the traditional (Nonna’s Sunday Ragu) to the new and distinctive (Goat’s Milk Cheese, Spinach, Cappellacci, Golden Raisins, Saffron Butter)
    - fresh, dry, and filled pasta, dumplings, and grains- Improve your preparation with tips on choosing the best ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal products, picking alternate ingredients, and information about the origin of each dish
    - Enhance your enjoyment of the recipes through the authors’ entertaining stories of how their food and travel experiences in Italy, Nantucket, and New York inspired their recipes
    If you love pasta and cuisine grounded in loving traditions and uncompromised flavor, Pasta Sfoglia is the perfect collection to inspire you to bring your own traditions to the table.

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