TYPE TALK | September |


Fall is blockbuster season for books and back-to-school season for kids.
Read on for top tips to get your literary leanings covered as the nights start drawing in.

School Lunch window

Type Tips
Fall FictionCARNIVAL— Canuck literary darling Rawi Hage is back with his third novel, a carnivalesque ride through a world as viewed by a taxi driver.LAURA LAMONT’S LIFE IN PICTURES— Small-town girl meets (and masters) big-studio Hollywood in Emma Straub’s richly imagined novel.LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION— Ben Lerner’s portrait-of-a-young-traveller novel (new in paperback)  has been blurbed by everyone from Paul Auster, to James Wood, to the handselling staff at Type Books.LIONEL ASBO: STATE OF ENGLAND— Top notch Martin Amis about a bottom-of-the-pile Englishman, his pit bulls, his prison stays, and — after a lottery win — his packets and packets of money.

Sept 2012 Books 1

NW — Zadie Smith returns to the landscape of her break-out debut, White Teeth, with this new novel of class, choices, and generations in North-West London. Chaotic in parts, but dazzlingly written.

ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO — Type staff favourite Jonathan Tropper returns with another hilarious and heart-rending tale of a family’s attempts to connect.

SWEET TOOTH — Espionage and intrigue abound in Ian McEwan’s latest, the story of a woman groomed for the Intelligence Service in Cold-War era Britain.

TELEGRAPH AVENUE — An indie record store, a nearby megastore, and the testing of friendships and families across racial divides form Michael Chabon’s latest.

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER — Pulitzer winner Junot Diaz is back with his first book since The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Y — Marjorie Celona’s much buzzed-about and Giller-longlisted story of questions and choices begins when a baby is left at the YMCA.

Sept 2012 Books 2

Fall Non-fiction

EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY — DT Max’s biography of the late, great David Foster Wallace.

HOW MUSIC WORKS — David Byrne explores why the past matters and what the future might bring in this glossy examination of how music works.

MORTALITY — A collection of Christopher Hitchens’ columns in Vanity Fair chronicling his battle with cancer.

VAGINA: A NEW BIOGRAPHY — The vagina as intrinsic component of the female brain…? Science meets cultural history meets personal experience in Noami Wolf’s book about lady bits.

Sept 2012 Books 3

Out later this month …

1982Q host Jian Ghomeshi’s witty memoir is an homage to 1982 that will have you cranking up your New Wave and reminiscing about first loves and big stereos.

THE CASUAL VACANCY — JK Rowling’s first book for grown-ups. Cue midnight line-ups and LOTS of reviews.

JOSEPH ANTON — Salman Rushdie’s memoir of being forced underground by the fatwa hits shelves just ahead of the movie of Midnight’s Children.

THE MAGIC OF SAIDA — In this new novel from M.G. Vassanji a Canadian doctor returns to East Africa in search of his childhood sweetheart.

WAGING HEAVY PEACE — Neil Young’s long-awaited memoir has blockbuster written all over it.

Sept 2012 Books 4

Back to School

The auspicious first day of school is upon us. We’ve got markers, pencils, pencil cases, journals, Thermoses and every kind of lunch bag, cooler pack and snack pack you could possibly need to get your kids ready to take on the new school year. We also have a suitable read or two, too.

696 SILLY SCHOOL JOKES AND RIDDLES — To add a more light-hearted, belly-laughing moment to the studious school day.

F FOR EFFORT — “Q: Fossil fuels are usually associated with which type of rock? A: Classic rock.” This plus scores of other hilariously wrong answers from kids’ tests and homework are gathered together in one handy volume. Could make a perfect present for teacher.

FOLLOW THE LINE TO SCHOOL — Companion to the the graphically stunning and narratively simple Follow the Line. Bet you can’t guess where the line goes this time …

Sept 2012 Books 5

**As ever, if you’d like us to put a book on order or on hold for you, just give us a call at your nearest store**

Type Queen West 416-366-8973
Type Forest Hill 416-487-8973

Type Queen West(883 Queen Street West)

Tuesday, September 18, 6 – 8pm
Debbie Ridpath Ohi (illustrator), I’m BoredWednesday, September 26, 6 – 8pm
Jan Conn launches Edge Effects. Jim Nason reads from Narcissus Unfolding and his forthcoming collection, Music Garden.

OffsiteWednesday, September 5, 7 – 9pm, The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
BOOK LAUNCH: Mary Patterson, The Monks and MeFriday, September 7, 7:30 – 9pm, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
With Davy and Peter Rothbart.Tuesday, September 18, 7 – 8:30pm, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
BOOK LAUNCH: Doug Saunders, The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?

People at Type: ANDREA CURTIS

Andrea Curtis
Andrea Curtis holds the distinction of being the author of the first-ever Type Staff Pick (Into the Blue). A part of the Type family in both the literal and metaphorical sense (her sister-in-law is one of the owners), she also teaches creative writing to kids from local schools as part of Word-Play: Writing in the City, a program held throughout the school year in our Queen Street store. Her latest book, What’s for Lunch?, is aimed at 9 – 12 year olds and looks at how schoolchildren eat around the world. When Andrea’s not writing or teaching, she loves to dig in her veggie garden, read, and play high-stakes Crazy 8s with her kids.


**Image at top: Back to School lunch window at Type Queen West by Ghostface Knitta

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