All Lit Up Turns Two!

September 15, 2016

All Lit Up is turning two today!! To celebrate the start of our 'terrible twos' we demanded breakfast in bed... since that didn't happen we're going to move on and celebrate in a way that we know will bring little flutters to our book-loving hearts. We're sharing our book love with all of you! Team ALU is sharing our favourite blog posts and Instagrams from the last year, and looking ahead, we're sharing which fall titles we're sitting on pins and needles, just waiting to read. Oh, and to share the love with you, lovely book nerds who we couldn't do this without: hop on over to our Facebook page this afternoon for your chance to win some of our favourite books from the last year and some ALU swag!

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All Lit Up is turning two today!! To celebrate the start of our 'terrible twos' we demanded breakfast in bed... since that didn't happen we're going to move on and celebrate in a way that we know will bring little flutters to our book-loving hearts. We're sharing our book love with all of you! Team ALU is sharing our favourite blog posts and Instagrams from the last year, and looking ahead, we're sharing which fall titles we're sitting on pins and needles, just waiting to read.

Oh, and to share the love with you, lovely book nerds who we couldn't do this without: hop on over to our Facebook page this afternoon for your chance to win some of our favourite books from the last year and some ALU swag!

 

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Barb's Picks

 

ALU2_LoveSupreme

Blog Post

Growing up in Kingston ON, one of my favourite memories is of Don “All That Jazz” Robinson, and his Sunday night program. " A Love Supreme," the blog post by Andrew Forbes about Kent Nussey's novel A Love Supreme is beautifully written and brought back a lot of fond memories of the stories Don would tell on air before playing his wonderful collection of jazz.

The program ran for 23 years and my guess is that Don, Andrew and Kent would have had a lot to talk about.

 

ALU2_IAmATruck

 

 

 

 

Fall Book

I am really looking forward to I Am A Truck. This debut fiction, published by Invisible, comes out in November. Reminiscent of And the Birds Rained Down, this sounds like the best book to curl up and get into my winter reading list with.

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite 'gram

Coworkers that play together, stay together! A fun break in the park with my favourite women ;)

 

Team picnic!

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Christen's Picks

 

ALU2_PublishingSoWhite

Blog Post

The powerful piece “ #PublishingSoWhite: 13 Ways to Diversify Your Press" by Vivek Shraya stays with me as an essential reference, and grew out of a keynote address at a meeting of members of the Association of Canadian Publishers and our parent organization, the Literary Press Group, last mid-winter.

In wake of #OscarsSoWhite, Vivek provides thirteen concrete recommendations to book publishers looking to diversify their mandate, acquisitions, and business practices, through editorial to marketing and by examining existing biases. Vivek inspires us to get to work reading and publishing books that reflect what the world looks like, and to ensure that our definition of diversity is current. Her latest poetry collection, even this page is white (Arsenal Pulp), is available here.

 

ALU2_SomeNights

Fall Book

I've followed matt robinson's work literally from Halifax, first through a poetry collection ( Against the Hard Angle, ECW Press) that referenced that city, which I've lived in twice.

I've enjoyed robinson's broadsides and the odd baseball poem, and am excited about his latest collection, Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, coming soon from Gaspereau Press (and to ALU). There's a sneak peek at Gaspereau's lovely paper jacket for the book  here.  

 

Favourite 'gram

Rom Com poets shook up a CanLit cocktail for a Valentine's Day edition of Chappy Hour!

 

The poets behind Rom Com mix up a #canlitcocktail fit for #ValentinesDay in a new edition of Chappy Hour (full link in bio) #shakeit #drinks #cinnamonhearts

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Lauren's Picks

 

ALU2_Closer

Blog Post

The award for post I loved most went to the insightful and hilarious " Sisters are doin' it for themselves" – a look into the art direction and considerations that went into the cover for Sarah Barmak's Closer (Coach House). Managing Editor Heidi and the rest of the Coach House team came together and tag-teamed the many working parts that went into the cover, with no vulval pun left unpunned.

Full disclosure: I'm that same Lauren that got the honour of photographing an embroidered vag, and being told things like "get one from the clit's perspective" and "I'm feeling this is a little aggressively fuchsia" are highlights of not only this year, but maybe my entire publishing career.

 

 

ALU2_HiddenKeys

Fall Book

Again, Coach House clinches it for me: I was an early evangelist of last year's Giller-winning Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis, and this year, couldn't wait to get my hands on an advance of his newest quincunx, The Hidden Keys

It did not disappoint: think of all of the puzzles and esoteric city knowledge of The Da Vinci Code, but then add Alexis' formidable literary talent. His "treasure hunt in Toronto" premise got me itching for a self-made walking tour of the varied settings peppered throughout the city (not to mention the off-hand mention of some other quincunx characters that had me stifling an ugly cry on my commute).

 

 

 

Favourite 'gram

This video of Tan and I smashing an old motherboard a la Office Space was a long-held dream. What's not pictured is me almost falling over laughing outside of the frame.

 

We had a little 'Office Space' moment today as we were cleaning our office.

A video posted by AllLitUp.ca (@alllitupcanada) on

 

Natasha's Picks

 

ALU2_bulletjournal

Blog Post

I loved the "Do-Lit-Yourself" post on integrating books into your bullet journal. I don't have my life together well enough yet to have a fancy bullet journal, but you can bet that once I do, there'll definitely be a page for books on there, filled with many, many, All Lit Up titles!

The reason why I love this post is because it provides an overview of two great options for book pages in your bullet journal. The first will be more for the artistically-inclined: you have to draw the books on shelves and colour them in as you read them. The second style gears more towards the analytical, A-types out there who really, really want to track their reading. I'm not sure what style I'll go with when I start my bullet journal, but at least I have two great options to ponder!

 

ALU2_FeministKilljoy

Fall Book  

We don't get the chance to see many hardcovers around here, so I am really excited for Notes From a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker, BookThug's first ever hardcover printing!

Aside from this book's cool hardcover status, I am really excited to dig in on the essays in this collection. As a feminist myself, I am keen to keep the dialogue going and reflect upon the views of others. Wunker's perspective as the Chair of the Board at the non-profit org, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, will provide a great point of context for many of the issues she unpacks in these essays.

 

 

 

Favourite 'gram

I like this photo quite a bit because it captures the fun of our All Lit Up Book Club discussion on Two-Gun & Sun (Caitlin Press). We had a great time reading the book and discussing it together!

 

It's All Lit Up Book Club o'clock!

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Tan's Picks

 

ALU2_Totes

Blog Post

One of my favourite posts from this year was the Do-Lit-Yourself Embroidered Totes. We each had a different style in mind for our projects, so we were able to teach each other new techniques.

It actually inspired me to attend a workshop and learn even more. Now I'm working on some holiday gifts ...

 

ALU2_Guy

 

 

Fall Book

Guy is a gift to women; at least, he thinks so. But you would likely hate Guy.

At the same time, I think you might just love Guy by Jowita Bydlowska (Wolsak & Wynn).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite 'gram

Colour swatching with books for National Lipstick Day - Red Heads vs Pink Ladies.

 

Happy National Lipstick Day... we're currenly duking it out over here over our fav shade. Which are you, a red or a pink?

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Tanya's Picks

 

ALU2_BookClub

Blog Post

I'm going to cheat and pick a series of posts rather than just one: our ALU Summer Book Club! It was so much fun to get to do a deep dive into two of our titles, Two-Gun & Sun and A Gentle Habit. And I knew Team ALU loved talking books, but man, when you get us started it's hard to stop! The copious amounts of sugar we consumed during these discussions may have also had something to do with that.

If you were busy this summer and didn't get a chance to follow along, you can check out all our Book Club fun here. We got the inside scoop from the publishers, we recorded our own staff discussion and shared our discussion questions, plus we chatted with the authors and shared further recommendations.

 

ALU2_Conjoined

Fall Book

I'm really excited to read The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee, published by ECW Press: family secrets and the myth of social heroism are examined in what is sure to be a fast-paced, gripping read from the descriptions I've read so far. Social worker Jessica unearths a grizzly secret in her mother's basement as she's cleaning it out after her mother's recent passing. What she discovers leads her on a hunt to find out what happened to two young girls who fostered with her family for six weeks when she was growing up.

We received a few copies in our office to take with us to WORD Vancouver on September 25th and I'm having a hard time not snagging a copy and reading under my desk until I'm finished.

 

 

Favourite 'gram

To continue with my theme of ALU Book Club love, I love this picture of Team ALU members reading our first pick as we returned from our annual meeting with our publishers in Winnipeg this past June.

 

The team that travels and reads together, stays together. Team ALU getting a head start on our July book club pick on the way home from our annual members meeting last week. Get all the ALU Summer Book Club details on the blog (full link in bio) #tbt #CanLit #teamALUreads

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