Brad Martin of Random House Canada Discusses Canadian Publishing

Random House Books wallBrad Martin is the president of Random House Canada and he discusses details about the SFU Summer Publishing Workshops. He belives that enthusiasm is essential, but also familiarity with new technologies and devices.

Random house of Canada began in 1944 as a distributor for Random House Inc. Doubleday Canada, Random House Canada and Anchor Canada are some of the imprints. Random house Canada supports Canadian authors.
Brad created Bond Street in 2006 which has published many award-winning international books.

Brad also is pleased to have launched a new digital tool for authors to use called the Author Portal. Authors now have more immediate access to sales and royalty data and statements since this service now shows weekly sales reports and info on the number of copies shipped.
Not only is this information available in the portal, but also marketing tips and social media prommotion advice.

Editors at Random House help authors rewrite their books so that the authors work is as clear as it can be. Editors who read manuscripts are the gatekeepers to getting a work published. An author’s prose is reviewed and reworked so they can present their very best work.

Best Book Gift for Teenager Boy

Looking for a book gift for a teenager boy this season? He may have already read some of the recent bestsellers and also have read the Harry Potter series as well as the bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, books by Brandon Mull and other top teen authors.

One brand new book he is sure not to have this season is a new book by teens for teens called The Conquest of Night by teen author Justin James.

This is the first book of a trilogy, so you will give a gift that has a future! The author is a great teen writer who is a teen himself so he can write with the voice of a teen more convincingly than many adults.

Check out his website at or find The Conquest of Night on Amazon.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan Teen Fiction

The Mark of Athena RiordanTHE MARK OF ATHENA BY RICK RIORDAN is a top teen fiction book that is not gloomy or paranormal like some in this genre.

For fans of Percy Jackson books, this third book in the series is full of action with adventures of the Greek gods’ children of Camp Half-Blood and the Roman gods’ children of Camp Jupiter who struggle to overcome constantly being at war with one another. Their quest is to save the world from the evil goddess Gaea.

If you enjoy teen fantasy fiction, this is a great book from the Heroes of Olympus series that just came out Oct 2, 2012.
The perspectives of four different demigods, the book unites the Greek and Roman main characters from The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune. The ship Argo II along with seven demigods travel by air across the U.S. and by sea to Rome on their quest to defeat Gaea, and it is up to Annabeth to restore the peace.

The next book in the series will be The House of Hades and be released in the fall of 2013.

Best Selling Hunger Games Series Passes Harry Potter

Hunger Games Trilogy BooksAmazon recently reported that The Hunger Games trilogy just passed the Harry Potter series as the best-selling book series of all time on  This number includes both the hard copy books and digital/ebooks on the Kindle platform. Why that is more amazing is that the Hunger Games is only a trilogy whereas the Harry Potter series is made up of 7 books.

Suzanne Collins achieved this milestone in about four years.  Mockingjay (book three), Catching Fire (book two), and The Hunger Games are currentlyi in positions #7, #9, and #11 on the Kindle Bestseller list. Although Harry Potter also had movies made from the books, the Hunger Games movie by Lions Gate Entertainment certainly contributed to the popularity of the series and helped increase book sales substantially. The second movie, “Catching Fire” is in the works.

Mockingjay (book three), Catching Fire (book two), and The Hunger Games featuring lead character Katniss sit at #7, #9, and #11 on the Kindle bestsellers list

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Review

To Kill a Mockingbird Book Review

To Kill a Mockingbird Book The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it,
To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.

This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film which also became a classic. The story is timeless.
Book Specs:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 11, 1988)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0446310786
  • ISBN-13:978-0446310789
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Buy To Kill a Mockingbird Online.

Some have only seen the movie but never read the book.  The 50th Anniversary Edition is the latest released version of this classic.  If you haven’t read the book yet, pick up a copy and enjoy it as so many who have read this novel over the years have.  In addition to the movie, there is also a book on tape version, but reading it for yourself is the best way to enjoy Harper Lee’s work of art.

To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Author Harper Lee always considered this book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature and a must read for teens.

  • Harper Lee has done an excellent job bringing this 1930s Alabama childhood to life.
  • Harper Lee has written a wonderful book that pulses with life, with compassion, and easy good humor.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird is an incredible look at pre-civil rights Southern living where facts are often skewed by blind hatred.

“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow…. When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.”

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbirdfollows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus–three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

As mentioned in the book: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout’s first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children’s consciousness.

Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well–in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout’s hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind “when you really see them.” By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. –Alix Wilber

Lee has a way of saying a lot by saying very little, and her laconic statement that the people of Maycomb had recently been told they had nothing to fear but fear itself sets the time squarely in 1933, the depths of the Great Depression. Times were bad for most people in small Southern towns; they were especially bad for poor whites and all blacks. In 1933 the South was rigidly segregated down every possible line, and a white woman’s false accusation of rape was enough to get a black man hanged. When Mayella Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of rape, in the eyes of most of the white populace, Tom has been tried, convicted and is awaiting execution. Judge Taylor disagrees, and asks Atticus to take Tom’s case.  The writing is compelling and read across the country by high school students and junior high students.

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Teen Fiction Books for Boys 12-15

The Giver Teen BookTop teen fiction books for boys ages 12-15 include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Giver by Lois Lowry and even the old book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a classic.

The Giver has Jonas in a controlled, perfect world with no wars or fear.  But there are also no choices and every person has an assigned role in the community.

Only the Giver has the ability to hold memories and experience true pain and he can give that skill to a chosen one, in this case Jonas as he turns 12 years old.

A new teen fiction book for boys is The Conquest of Night by Justin James with release date August, 2012 featuring Jackson Taeric who lives in a small town of Hartengle leading an average and uneventful life. That was untl one unforgetable winter’s day as he stumbles upon a gateway to wake up in a distant land gripped by war.

The story begins as the Night, a powerful group of grey-skinned people launch an unprovoked attack against the Etermai and begin their conquest of the land. Jackson must chose a side which could lead to the downfall of an empire.

Find the book online for Kindle or on Amazon.

More great reads for boys include the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books by Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.


Top Teen Fiction Books – Pick 101 Fantasy Fiction

Top Teen Fiction Books - Fantasy Fiction 101Top teen fiction book pick 101 includes Fantasy Fiction novels by James Dashner, Suzanne Collins and Rick Riordan.

Check out these top teen fiction books here: Top-Teen-Fiction-101

The complete box set for the Harry Potter series is still extremely popular. The Maze Runner, Catching Fire and the Serpent Shadow have huge readership and are popular among young readers.

What is your favourite fantasy fiction book? Leave a comment below.

James Dashner’s Maze Runner has been very successful with Thomas waking up in the Glade made up of a giant shifting maze.  Gone are the corn maze days, this is exceptionally challenging and populated by 60 other teen boys along with monsters called Grievers that kill anyone on sight.  This world of teenage boys is a fact paced adventure with emotional turmoil.

Enjoy your summer read! (and let me know what you are reading).

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