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Little Store, Big Author Names! Looking Back at a Year of Author Visits

With our birthday week coming to a close, we are looking back at all the authors who visited the Penguin Shop in the past year. We’re breaking down all of the exciting author visits in the shop, in case you didn’t have the chance to drop by. From taking selfies with Douglas Coupland to Chris Hadfield posing in his very own book-themed cardboard cut-out, the shop has had its share of special moments. Our shop allows us to get to know celebrity, local, international and award-winning authors of every kind of book and inspire our next reads. Millennial Madness The hilarious Lilly Singh came by in April to see the shop completely transformed to promote her book, How to Be...

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The Story Behind the Cover: The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is in the middle of a major renaissance. The hit TV series has brought countless new readers to the book and sparked some serious conversations about feminism, politics, and the state of our world. The cover of the TV tie-in edition has become prolific as well. But, what did the original covers look like? We decided to do a little digging in the McClelland and Stewart archive to find out more about the history of this beloved Canadian novel and the covers that brought it to life.   In 1985, McClelland and Stewart first published the hardcover of The Handmaid’s Tale. The book’s original cover features the same striking red that has been used over...

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Celebrate Tundra's 50th Anniversary at the Penguin Shop!

   Celebrate Tundra's 50th Anniversary at the Penguin Shop! One of Toronto’s littlest bookstore is now dedicated to the littlest readers. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada’s oldest children’s publisher, Tundra Books, we have transformed the shop to feature Tundra’s classic and new children’s books. The Tundra takeover is taking place from May 15th through June 9th, 2017. Plan your visit to see Tundra's latest books, check out some staff picks and enjoy story time and crafts in the shop.  Weekly Activities All activities take place from 1pm - 2pm on the days specified below.  Storytime  Tuesday, May 23rd: If I Had a Gryphon / If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur - Vikki VanSickle Thursday, May 25th: The Darkest Dark...

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Gifts for Mom

Moms are a gift themselves, and deserve to be loved, admired, and adored every day of the year. While not all are lucky enough to have moms such as these in the traditional sense, most are blessed with someone else who fits this description. Like many of you, I am blessed to have many strong, intelligent, and wonderful women (and men) in my life, my mother is one of those very special people. While many of us regularly talk to our mothers, we don’t always convey just how much we value them; we love them, but don’t always tell them why. My mother is also the person that instilled in me my love of reading, and without that, my life would have...

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