Free-running through the mall…

freerun2Just finished reading Two Foot Punch by Anita Daher and the biography A Lion’s Tale by Chris Jericho (see post below). Both books are excellent.  The two students who have so far borrowed copies of Anita’s book from my library have given Two Foot Punch two thumbs up as well. Reading my own copy, I especially enjoyed the inclusion of locations from Winnipeg’s downtown area and the descriptions of the fascinating sport of Parkour.  At Anita’s book launch last week, a video of Parkour and Free-running played in the background while Anita gave an interesting and witty talk about the history of the sport. This was followed by her reading which left the audience wanting more, and, a chance to meet the members of Winnipeg Parkour whose activities Anita studied as part of the research for her book.  You can find out more about the group and how to take part in Parkour and Free-running here.  Another cool link is www.parkour-videos.com. (Flickr photo courtesty Lewis Hodgson )

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Anita Daher and Chris Jericho books tag team tonight…

TwofootpunchI have had several students give positive reviews of Winnipeg writer Anita Daher’s books, Spider’s Song and Race for Diamonds. She is also the author of Flight from Bear CanyonThe students are now looking forward to tonight’s release of Anita’s Two Foot Punch.The book features the sport of parkour – a combination of gymnastics and free-running featured in such movies as Casino Royale. Two Foot Punch tells the story of Nikki who blames her brother Derek for her parents’ death in a house fire. When Derek gets involved with a gang, however, Nikki tries to save him. There will be a special launch for the book at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. The launch will include a video presentation of parkour and will end with a reading and signing of the book. More information about the book and the launch here.

chris-jericho-a-lions-tale-around-the-world-in-spandex-book-coverIf you are a wrestling fan, you may also be interested in visiting McNally’s tonight for a book signing by Chris Jericho. A reading, signing and question and answer session about his book A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex will take place at the Grant Park McNally’s on the staircase tonight (Thursday) starting at 8 p.m. You may have seen Jericho’s interview on CBC’s The Hour last night. From McNally’s website: 

Crowned the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the WWE, Jericho tells his inspiring, no-holds-barred story in A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex. Jericho has rigorously trained, battled, and succeeded, and has led a remarkable and gruelling life both inside and out of the ring. He is a Winnipeg native who has been named a WWE International Champion seven times.”

 

Books vs. Soup…

aquabooksIf you have followed this blog for a while, you might have read about my favourite used bookstore – Aqua Books. In addition to describing some of the cool things that happen there (besides the selling of great used books at great prices) I think I may have mentioned some of the cool magnets that can be found inside the store. From time to time, other items are available through the store which are branded with familiar-looking logos with the original company name replaced with the words “Aqua Books”.  It’s all tongue and cheek, harmless, and, actually a homage of sorts to the original company in a way (except for maybe a U.S.-based department store that seems intent on taking over the world, but, I digress). Anyway, a certain company, let’s call them a Scottish named company that sells soup, has taken notice and isn’t pleased. You can read more about it here. 

I urge all book and soup lovers to show your support.  Buy Aqua Books.  

 

Lest we forget…

InFlandersFieldsMy school’s Grade 9 Drama class performed an amazing shadow play as part of our Remembrance Day services today. As Don Maclean’s mournful tune The Grave played, the students acted out the words of the song in silhouette behind a white background backlit by an overhead projector. The effect, with the students acting out the story about a recruit signing up for military service, a battle scene, and the soldier ultimately dying and then being mourned by his family at a grave, was very moving. The service also included an original poem by one of the students (which I hope to obtain a copy of), performances of O Canada and God Save the Queen by our band students, an address by one of the veterans in attendance,  the traditional reading of In Flanders Fields and a lone bugler. In the library, I displayed information from the Royal Canadian Legion’s website about Remembrance Day which you can find here.  What I forgot to display was an excellent book we have in the library called In Flander’s Fields The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. As the veteran visiting our school pointed out, a former student from the school was severely wounded during a recent tour in Afghanistan which saw the death of four of his friends. Meanwhile, another young soldier with relatives in the school is set to depart on a tour of duty. Suddenly, even with the number of veterans of World War I and World War II dwindling, the reason why we observe Remembrance Day has been brought closer to home… More excellent reading suggestions surrounding war and Remembrance Day here.

Lest we forget… 

 

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