Amazon: Myriam Millán with her title La Hija del Dragón won the Second Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors

More than 1,200 authors from 37 countries participated using Kindle Direct Publishing

La Hija del Dragón, by Myriam Millán, from Sevilla, Spain, will have the opportunity to be published globally in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats

SEATTLE, 2015-10-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Myriam Millán, with her title La Hija del Dragón—a fast-paced fictional thriller that captivates the reader with a treacherous plot involving an ancient cult’s search for eternal life that could be behind modern-day murders—has won the Second Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors worldwide. From July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015, more than 1,200 authors from 37 countries entered the contest by uploading their titles to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform (https://kdp.amazon.com). The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original, unpublished works in Spanish, and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. After selecting five finalists, submissions were carefully reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winning title.

La Hija del Dragón combines the legend of Erzsébet Báthory, a 17th century Hungarian noble known as “The Blood Countess” alleged to have tortured and killed hundreds of women, and a fictional modern-day investigation into brutal crimes in England. It is the result of four years of research and work by author Myriam Millán, who based her title on complex documentation to create this stunning thriller.

“When I found out that I had won, I remembered the moments when I seemed incapable of writing this book, just as it seemed unthinkable that I would finish it and win the contest,” said Millán. “With La Hija del Dragón, I’ve learned that you should never stop fighting for what you want, because there are times when dreams, as impossible as they may seem, come true.”

“We’ve been thrilled to see how many Spanish-language authors from around the world submitted their books for consideration, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to introduce even more readers to Myriam Millán by publishing La Hija del Dragón in print and translating her work into English,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing.

Ambassador for the contest and best-selling author Ismael Cala said, “We now have a winner, four finalists and over a thousand authors that have decided to march and conquer their dreams. I congratulate them all, because they have shown what they want. This contest promoted by Amazon has shone a light on the big literary talent of the Spanish-speaking world and its unlimited possibilities.”

La Hija del Dragón will have the opportunity to be published in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for world literature in translation. Complete information on the contest, participating titles and terms and conditions can be found at: www.amazon.com/concursoindie.

“Literary creativity is an indispensable part of our cultural heritage,” said Ymelda Navajo, Director at La Esfera de Los Libros. “Thanks to initiatives like this we discover new talent that, from now on, we will help reach thousands of readers worldwide.”

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world and each week on average, about 45 titles of the top 100 Spanish-language eBooks sold globally on Amazon are published via KDP. All novels entered in the contest are available in full in the Kindle Store and can be read on the Kindle and Fire family of devices, on the free Kindle reading app for iOS, Android and more, or on any web browser compatible with Kindle Cloud Reader.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About Ismael Cala
A celebrated figure in the Latin community, Ismael Cala is a journalist, author and motivational speaker who is the face of one of the top-rated shows in Latin programming. CALA on CNN en Español is an intimate program in which Cala invites domestic and international viewers to be part of his conversations with politicians, authors, philosophers, artists, celebrities, and other notable international figures. He is the author of the best-selling titles El poder de escuchar and Un buen hijo de P. For more information, visit http://ismaelcala.com.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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AmazonCrossing commits $10 million to increase the number and diversity of its books in translation

SEATTLE, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—In celebration of its fifth year, AmazonCrossing, the literary translation imprint of Amazon Publishing, today announced a $10 million commitment over the next five years to increase the number and diversity of its books in translation. AmazonCrossing is one of the largest publishers of translated literature in the United States, with 77 titles from 15 countries and 12 languages to be published in the United States in 2015. Today’s announced investment will go toward fees paid to translators over the next five years and increasing the countries and languages represented on the AmazonCrossing list, which since 2010 has included more than 200 titles by authors from 29 countries writing in 19 languages.

To support this growing commitment to books in translation, AmazonCrossing editors today opened a new website for authors, agents and publishers to suggest titles for translation at translation.amazon.com/submissions. AmazonCrossing is now accepting submissions in mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, memoir, science fiction and fantasy categories. In addition to this new streamlined process for submissions, AmazonCrossing editors will accept submissions for translation consideration in person at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 14th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Hall 3.0, K31.

“We launched AmazonCrossing five years ago to introduce readers to voices of the world through English-language translations of foreign-language books. While we are now one of the largest publishers of translated literature in the United States, translated fiction is still a tiny fraction of new publications. Today we are committing $10 million to translations to bring more international writers to new audiences,” saidSarah Jane Gunter, Publisher of AmazonCrossing and General Manager of International Publishing. “Our new website for submissions will help us cast a broader net in finding great books for translation, with the hope of increasing the number of acquisitions from countries that are traditionally underrepresented in translation.”

Over the past five years, AmazonCrossing has published significant works such as German author Oliver Pötzsch’s million-copy best-selling Hangman’s Daughter series, Korean author Bae Suah’s acclaimed novella Nowhere to Be Found and Turkish author Ayse Kulin’s Kindle best seller Last Train to Istanbul. The 2016 list will continue a commitment to translating books by exceptional foreign-language authors including award-winning and best-selling Mexican author of Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel. Her novel Pierced by the Sun, a gripping tale of murder and redemption translated from Spanish by Jordi Castells, will be published in June 2016. In July 2016, AmazonCrossing will publish award-winning Polish crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski’s Rage, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, winner of the 2014 Paszport Polityka prize for literature.

Please visit translation.amazon.com/submissions for more information and to propose titles for translation.

Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services LLC and Amazon Media EU Sarl.

About Amazon Publishing
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. The Amazon Publishing family has 14 imprints: 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, Two Lions, and Waterfall Press.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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FASHION & LEATHER: Dior by Avedon book celebrates fashion photography

PARIS, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The recently published book Dior by Avedon traces a history of elegance through unique moments that reveal the special relationship between the haute couture house and Richard Avedon. For nearly 30 years, the American photographer captured the essence of Dior in images that have become iconic.

The close collaboration between Dior and Avedon began in 1947, when the young photographer’s fashion work perfectly expressed the emotion of the House’s revolutionary lines. From behind his lens the photographer celebrated the glamour of Dior’s muses, capturing unique and intimate moments, from the pensive and inaccessible stare of Marlene Dietrich, to Audrey Hepburn dancing through the streets of Paris.

Richard Avedon’s work for Dior proved a turning point in the history of fashion photography. His famous photos include the model Dovima in a sensual Soirée de Paris sheath evening dress, flanked by two elephants in the Cirque d’Hiver. Avedon described the scene as “a choreographic moment”.

Through Avedon’s photographs, the book recounts the history of Dior. It includes sketches by Christian Dior, as well as anecdotes and texts by Jacqueline de Ribes, Justine Picardie and Olivier Saillard. The book is published by Editions Rizzoli.

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FASHION & LEATHER: Dior by Avedon book celebrates fashion photography

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Kohl’s to offer cherished children’s books from author/illustrator Nancy Tillman now through December

Each $5 purchase helps kids nationwide, with 100 percent of net profit supporting children’s health and education

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2015-9-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the holiday season, Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is proud to offer cherished children’s books from author/illustrator Nancy Tillmannow through December, at Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.com. The treasured stories and coordinating soft toys, Blake Shelton Christmas CD, calendar, note card set and cookbook will be a welcome sight in stockings or under the tree, and are available at an amazing value. Each Kohl’s Cares® item is priced at just $5, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.

“Kohl’s is thrilled to offer enchanting books and toys that reflect the true essence of the season of giving,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president of

communications and public relations. “Kohl’s Cares items make incredible gifts, and customers will feel good knowing that with every purchase, they are giving back to local communities.”

The new Kohl’s Cares collection includes:

  • On the Night You Were Born” book and polar bear soft toy
  • You’re Here for a Reason” book and elephant soft toy
  • Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” book and panda bear soft toy
  • I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love” book and giraffe soft toy
  • 2016 Nancy Tillman wall calendar
  • Blake Shelton Christmas CD
  • Color Me Christmas! note card set
  • “Holiday Delights!” cookbook

Stocking Stuffers

Make gift-giving memorable with perfect stocking stuffers from the new Kohl’s Cares holiday collection. A copy of “On the Night You Were Born” book and coordinating polar bear soft toy will excite little boys and girls. With each piece priced at just $5, it’s easy to fill stockings for the entire family.

Holiday Party Inspiration

Show your host and hostess how much you appreciate their hospitality with the $5 “Holiday Delights!”cookbook filled with culinary inspiration and layered with appealing appetizers, divine desserts and gift ideas, perfect for seasonal celebrations and beyond! Or add a festive touch to family gatherings and holiday parties with the classic songs from the Blake Shelton Christmas CD for only $5 each.

Perfect for Toy Drives and Gift Exchanges

Pick up a few books and soft toys and donate them at local toy drives to make the holidays of those in need a bit brighter. Additionally, a set of books will delight any child with hours of story time and imagination, perfect for gift exchanges and holiday grab-bags.

Kohl’s Cares, the company’s philanthropic platform, supports programs that benefit children’s health initiatives including special merchandise, a robust associate volunteer program, partnerships with more than 160 hospitals and a fundraising gift card program. For more information about Kohl’s Cares, visitwww.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,166 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $274 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Kohl's Cares Holiday Collection (Photo: Business Wire)

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Amazon announced the 5 finalists of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors

  • More than 1,200 authors from 37 countries participated using Kindle Direct Publishing
  • The winning Spanish-language book will have the opportunity to be published globally in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio with Audible and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)–Amazon today announced the 5 finalists of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors worldwide who self-publish using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). From July 1st to August 31st, more than 1,200 authors from 37 countries entered by uploading their titles to Amazon’s KDP platform (https://kdp.amazon.com). The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original, unpublished works, in Spanish and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. Submissions were then reviewed based on several criteria, including their commercial viability.

“We are thrilled with the success of the Second Annual Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language authors and proud to have given many new authors across the globe the opportunity to publish independently with Kindle Direct Publishing. Many of the submitted titles have made it to the top of our best-seller lists, showing that readers across the world are interested in discovering new literary voices in Spanish,” saidCharles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “Spanish is truly a global language offering great opportunities to authors worldwide. This year, for example, 60 percent of the submitted titles were from the U.S. and Latin America.”

As an ambassador for the contest and a best-selling author himself, Ismael Cala said: “In all aspects, the contest was a big success. Congratulations to the finalists and to all who participated, for their efforts and talent shown. A career is built by working each and every day with passion, patience and perseverance. This has been a great opportunity for many to fulfill their dreams of becoming an author and most certainly will lead to other opportunities.”

The top 5 finalists are: “El caparazón de la tortuga,” by Lola Mariné from Barcelona, Spain; “Cartas a una extraña,” by Mercedes PintoMaldonado from Málaga, Spain; “La Hija del Dragón,” by Myriam Millán from Sevilla, Spain; “Lazos de Cristal,” by Kristel Ralston fromGuayaquil, Ecuador; and “La novelista fingida,” by Rafael R. Costa from Huelva, Spain.

The winning Spanish-language title will be announced on October 15 and will have the opportunity to be published in print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated and published in digital, print and audio formats in English by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for world literature in translation. All the information on the contest, participating titles, and terms and conditions, can be found at: www.amazon.com/concursoindie.

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world. All the novels taking part in the contest will be available in full in the Kindle Store and can be read on the Kindle and Fire family of devices, and free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and on Android smartphones and tablets. Each week on average, about 45 titles out of the top 100 Spanish-language eBooks sold globally on Amazon are published via KDP.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About Ismael Cala
A celebrated figure in the Latin community, Ismael Cala is a journalist, author and motivational speaker who is the face of one of the top-rated shows in Latin programming. CALA on CNN en Español is an intimate program in which Cala invites domestic and international viewers to be part of his conversations with politicians, authors, philosophers, artists, celebrities, and other notable international figures. He is the author of the best-selling titles El poder de escuchar and Un buen hijo de P. For more information, visit http://ismaelcala.com.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Conad: Scrittori di classe 2 Crescere con un libro come amico

Bologna, Italy, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prende il via la seconda edizione di Scrittori di classe, a cui Conad ha dato vita quale parte integrante di Insieme per la scuola, il progetto nato per dotare le classi elementari e medie di attrezzature informatiche e supporti multimediali con un investimento che, nelle prime quattro edizioni, ha superato i 13 milioni di euro e 70 mila premi consegnati. Ad accomunarli è lo stimolo al consumo di cultura: da una parte – Insieme per la scuola – la cultura digitale, imperante nel nostro tempo; dall’altra – Scrittori di classe – la lettura e la scrittura in buon italiano.

Confermati i capisaldi che hanno decretato il successo della prima edizione, Scrittori di classe 2 si presenta con otto nuovi temi – l’amicizia, l’ambiente, la musica (il tema darà l’opportunità di lanciare una nuova categoria nel catalogo premi Insieme per la scuola, gli strumenti musicali), la paura, il viaggio, lo sport, l’intercultura (tema affrontato in modo nuovo, in cui la lingua italiana e quella inglese si troveranno mixate in una storia ricca di scambi culturali e esperienze di vita), la diversità – selezionati in base ad un sondaggio tra 1.500 insegnanti e sviluppati da otto autori di libri per bambini e ragazzi: Stefano Bordiglioni, Tim Bruno, Roberto Piumini e Guido Sgardoli per le scuole elementari; Silvana De Mari, Luigi Garlando, Beatrice Masini e Luisa Mattia per le scuole medie.

Prendendo spunto dagli incipit preparati dagli autori, i ragazzi, coordinati dai loro insegnanti, dovranno scrivere con un lavoro di squadra un racconto di classe e valutare gli elaborati dei compagni di tutta Italia. Gli otto autori sceglieranno tra i finalisti i racconti migliori e li trasformeranno in veri e propri libri che entreranno a far parte della collana “Scrittori di classe”.

Coordinatrice editoriale del progetto, la scrittrice Manuela Salvi, tra gli autori che nella prima edizione hanno elaborato i racconti scritti dai bambini e dai ragazzi.

In questa edizione, inoltre, le illustrazioni avranno maggior rilievo rispetto alla precedente con una sezione dedicata ed entreranno a pieno titolo nel meccanismo di valutazioni incrociate che porterà alla selezione dei racconti finalisti. A coordinare questo nuovo lavoro è l’artista Pietro Spica, che ha lavorato con Bruno Munari, Italo Calvino e Roberto Piumini.

Scrittori di classe 2 ha ottenuto il patrocinio del Ministero dei beni, delle attività culturali e del turismo e del Centro per il libro e la lettura, istituto autonomo del ministero che ha il compito di divulgare il libro e la lettura in Italia e di promuovere all’estero il libro, la cultura e gli autori nazionali.

«Scrittori di classe è un’opportunità per valorizzare e rafforzare il legame con i territori in cui operiamo con i nostri soci, restituendo alle comunità parte di ciò che riceviamo in termini di consenso e di fiducia», sottolinea il direttore marketing canali distributivi Conad Alberto Moretti. «Nella prima edizione abbiamo distribuito 3,2 milioni di libri della collana, un risultato ottimo con cui abbiamo totalizzato il 16 per cento del mercato in appena 10 settimane. È il contributo di Conad alla lettura, un’opportunità per sostenere in modo responsabile un percorso educativo che contribuirà a fare della cultura il futuro dei nostri ragazzi e del nostro Paese. Garantendo, al contempo, la nostra costante disponibilità nei confronti del mondo scolastico».

In Italia la lettura continua a registrare un trend negativo anche a causa della mancanza di efficaci politiche scolastiche di educazione alla lettura e di un livello culturale della popolazione italiana che, nel panorama europeo, non è certo alto. Scrittori di classe è un progetto ambizioso che intende dare una risposta originale ed efficace alla scarsa propensione alla lettura, soprattutto tra i giovani.

I dati Istat relativi al 2014 indicano che tra i ragazzi tra i 6 e i 10 anni la quota dei lettori si è abbassata al 44,6 per cento (49,3 per cento nel 2013), mentre tra gli 11 e i 14 anni è scesa al 53,5 per cento (57,2 per cento nel 2013). La propensione alla lettura è condizionata dall’ambiente familiare: tra i 6 e i 14 anni, in famiglie in cui entrambi i genitori sono appassionati di libri leggono due ragazzi su tre, ma solo uno su tre tra quanti hanno genitori che non sono abituati a leggere.

Non va meglio per l’editoria italiana, composta, sempre in base ai dati Istat, soprattutto di piccoli e medi editori – l’87,6 per cento del numero complessivo di case editrici –, con una capacità di stampa che non supera i 50 titoli all’anno. Il restante 12,4 per cento è rappresentato da grandi editori che pubblicano oltre i tre quarti (76,2 per cento) dei libri che arrivano sul mercato, con un’offerta che è 12 volte superiore in termini di titoli e 34 volte maggiore in termini di copie date alle stampe.

La prima edizione di Scrittori di classe ha coinvolto oltre 2.000 scuole con 12.765 classi iscritte, 4.955 racconti in concorso, 125.417 utenti registrati per le votazioni online, coinvolgendo attivamente il mondo social con 31 mila mi piace, 821 mila persone raggiunte, 24.500 interazioni ricevute per i post dedicati all’iniziativa.

Riscontri positivi sono venuti anche da insegnanti, alunni, genitori e clienti Conad, con commenti di apprezzamento e ampia partecipazione agli eventi con gli autori organizzati nei punti di vendita della rete.

Una ricerca di mercato basata su 1.200 interviste in quattro differenti aree geografiche valuta il riscontro dei clienti Conad: il 77,5 per cento degli intervistati conosce Scrittori di classe (83,3 per cento se il ricordo è sollecitato), il 26 per cento è venuto a conoscenza dell’iniziativa grazie al personale del punto di vendita, il 78 per cento partecipa perché ritiene il programma valido, interessante e dà soddisfazione, mentre i premi sono giudicati in modo unanime innovativi e formativi, con un impatto positivo sull’immagine di Conad presso i clienti.

Migros: Mit Suisse Mania die Schweiz entdecken

ZURICH, 2015-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mit der diesjährigen Sammelaktion „Suisse Mania“ lädt die Migros Gross und Klein auf eine Entdeckungsreise durch die Schweiz ein. Zu den neuen Mini-Sammelobjekten zählen historische Bauten, weltbekannte Naturschönheiten, spektakuläre Konstruktionen aber auch spezielle Migros-Betriebe – kurz Sehenswürdigkeiten, über die es viel Wissenswertes zu erfahren gibt. Begleitend dazu bietet die Migros ein informatives Sammelalbum für die Sticker an und ein grossformatiges Brettspiel für die ganze Familie. An wöchentlichen Wettbewerben warten attraktive Preise, darunter Heissluftballonfahrten, die es den Gewinnern ermöglichen, die Schweiz aus der Vogelperspektive zu entdecken. Dies und vieles mehr bietet die Migros während sieben Wochen vom 8. September bis 26. Oktober 2015. Mehr dazu unter www.suissemania.ch.

Viele Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie das Bundeshaus oder die Kappelbrücke sind bestens bekannt. Aber wie steht es mit der Monte Rosa Hütte, dem Hammetschwand-Lift, dem Forschungszentrum Cern? Zu den insgesamt 54 Sammelobjekten der Suisse Mania zählen eindrucksvolle Sehenswürdigkeiten aus allen Regionen der Schweiz. Darunter befinden sich auch einige Migros-Objekte, wie etwa die Mifroma, wo der Käse in einer Sandsteinhöhle reifen kann. Die Mini-Sehenswürdigkeiten aus Plastik, verpackt in einem Sachet mit Sticker gibt es bereits ab einem Einkauf von 20 Franken in allen Filialen und Fachmärkten der Migros sowie bei LeShop und in den Migros-Restaurants.

Informatives Sammelalbum und Familienspiel
Das Sammelalbum für die Sticker bietet spannende Hintergrundinformationen zu über fünfzig Sehenswürdigkeiten in den verschiedenen Kantonen. Ausserdem verrät es den Lesern auch, was die einzelnen Kantone so besonders macht, beispielsweise welche Speisen zu deren Spezialitäten zählen oder was für Feste wann gefeiert werden. Zahlen und Faken runden das Bild über die Kantone ab.

Ein in Esstischgrösse aufklappbares solides Spielbrett mit zwei unterschiedlich anspruchsvollen Spielvarianten verspricht bei dieser Mania vergnügliche Stunden für die ganze Familie. Das Spiel mit den Wissenskarten über die Schweiz wird dabei auch Erwachsene herausfordern und lange Herbst- und Winterabende verkürzen. Die Spielbox dient gleichzeitig der Aufbewahrung der Sammelobjekte.

Attraktives Suisse Mania-Rahmenprogramm
Während den sieben Mania-Wochen bietet die Migros ein breitangelegtes Rahmenprogramm. Wer sich auf www.suissemania.chbegibt, steigt in einen virtuellen Heissluftballon ein und reist so durch die 3D-Schweiz. Dabei können alle Suisse-Mania-Sehenswürdigkeiten angesteuert werden über die ein Erzähler Wissenswertes erläutert. Jeder, der sich auf der Webseite registriert, nimmt automatisch an der Suisse Mania-Verlosung teil. Ausserdem gibt es jede Woche für die Mania-Fans eine Aufgabe zu lösen, die eine Teilnahme am Wettbewerb ermöglicht. Dabei können Preise im Wert von über 35’000 Franken gewonnen werden. Darin enthalten sind 21 echte Ballonfahrten für zwei Personen, Migros-Einkaufsgutscheine und der Hauptpreis „ein Jahr gratis in der Migros einkaufen“. Zum Rahmenprogramm zählen wiederum Roadshows inklusiver Spiel- und Bastelmöglichkeiten für die Kinder an verschiedenen Migros-Standorten in der Schweiz und Tauschbörsen in den Migros Restaurants. Detaillierte Infos über alle Aktivitäten werden laufend auf www.suissemania.ch publiziert.

Die Migros wünscht allen Kunden spannende sieben Mania Wochen und damit verbunden, Lust die Schweiz neu zu entdecken.

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Migros: Mit Suisse Mania die Schweiz entdecken

Migros: Mit Suisse Mania die Schweiz entdecken

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

SEATTLE, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” will be available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores beginning August 18. Starbucks is proud to partner with Stevenson as a reflection of its commitment to create opportunities for all by raising greater awareness, empathy and understanding on the issues concerning Americans when it comes to inequality of opportunity.

Stevenson has earned renown as the founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The private, nonprofit organization provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system. Starbucks will donate 100 percent of the profits from book sales in its stores to EJI.

The 55-year-old Delaware native is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Government, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He started EJI in 1989. The nonprofit has since won reversals, relief or release for over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

Stevenson, who is also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law, has received numerous honors, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights.

In addition, “Just Mercy” was named by TIME magazine as one of the “10 Best Books of Nonfiction” for 2014, a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times, and it won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, among many other awards.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in Vanity Fair: “It’s leaders like Stevenson who shape the arc of the moral universe. Justice needs champions, and Bryan Stevenson is such a champion.”

The Starbucks Newsroom talked with Bryan Stevenson about “Just Mercy,” and his passion for equal justice and opportunity.

This feels like a momentous moment in American race relations. Do you think history will judge this year-long stretch as a significant juncture?

It depends on what happens. For the last year there has been heightened awareness to the continued frustration and despair in many communities of color about the continuing lack of progress on racial justice issues that’s been manifest in the response to the shootings by police in Ferguson and New York and Cleveland and Baltimore. And so there’s been a growing awareness and many people are dissatisfied, to the point that they’re becoming active in protests. I think the shooting in Charleston concretized a longstanding fear that the narrative of racial difference that we have all inherited in this country is still dangerous, still a menace and still a threat to the kind of community we want to live in. I think the confluence of those two things has put attention on these issues in ways that we haven’t seen in a while. Whether it turns out to be a momentous era depends on what happens.

There seems to be some movement to revisit the issue of mass incarceration in America on both sides of the political divide. Given your legal expertise, what are your observations on that subject?

I do think we have turned a corner on the acceptability of over-incarceration and excessive punishment. I think people from both political parties now recognize we have too many people in prison – too many folks who are not a threat to public safety. It’s too expensive. It’s not fair, it’s not just and it’s not consistent with the values and norms that we articulate for ourselves as a nation. I do think that this is a moment for reform after 40 years of fear and anger that have conspired to create a different America with us now having the highest incarceration rate in the world. We’re in a different place than we’ve ever been before and it is hopeful to me that people from both political parties are speaking out against this problem.

In December, President Obama appointed you to the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. And in your book, “Just Mercy,” you tell the story of an encounter with police where you had to fight off an impulse to flee, even though you’d done nothing wrong and were facing a gun. That must have resonated with you at times in the last year.

It has. I think one of the great burdens that you feel when you’re acutely aware of the way in which this presumption of dangerousness and guilt to society placed on men of color and the problem it creates is that you worry about people. I worry about my nephews. I worry about the young people I see in the streets. Do they know how to manage a situation like that? If it could happen to me in my 20s with a Harvard law degree and some experience as a police misconduct attorney, then I have no reason to believe other men of color are going to be exempt from that.

And so that is the great burden of being aware of these issues. You begin to really worry about how to prepare both the population of kids that are going to be in these really dangerous situations and change the culture of policing so that they’re less comfortable, less willing, less likely to pull a weapon when they’re dealing with people who are not a threat. Yeah, more than anything what has concerned me is that, if you’re being a good parent or good teacher or good advocate, you have to prepare this whole population of kids to manage these situations.

We tell people how to drive. We tell them how to safely navigate wildlife in particular regions of the country where there are threats. We tell them not to talk to strangers. But when you have to tell them how to safely survive when you encounter the police who are going to think you’re dangerous and guilty, you begin to feel really burdened in ways you shouldn’t.

Your book is framed by the extraordinary story of Walter McMillian’s murder case, in which the defendant somehow ended up on death row before he’d even been tried. Mr. McMillian made this comment when he was in a particularly demoralized state: “They know I didn’t do this. They just can’t admit that they were wrong.” At some point, was that the nut of the conspiracy against him? And, if so, does that observation resonate with you beyond the McMillian case?

Yeah, I think that is it. I think that, much like our collective history around these issues with racial justice, we have a hard time acknowledging our failings, our shortcomings. I think some people believe if you admit or acknowledge any problem, then everybody questions everything and it’s a disaster. So you just never acknowledge mistakes.

I think it’s comfortable. It’s convenient to assume you always arrest the guilty. And you certainly always convict the guilty. And if the death penalty has been imposed, there’s no question the person is guilty. To acknowledge that’s not the case is unnerving enough that some people won’t do it. I think that continues to be a problem.

That mindset, what Mr. McMillian said, is exactly what we were dealing with in the Anthony Ray Hinton case just this year. The reason why we couldn’t get the state to acknowledge his innocence last year was because there was this resistance to admitting that they’d done something wrong. If not for the Supreme Court’s intervention, which required the case to be overturned, he’d still be on death row, even though the evidence of innocence was just as compelling 15 years ago.

So creating a culture where you acknowledge mistakes – that you are eager to correct problems – is going to be one of the challenges that we face as we move forward. Can we get prosecutors and judges and police officers who understand that they become more respected when they acknowledge there’s a problem than when they deny it? Like I keep saying to people, I don’t know any good intimate relationships – marriage relationships – where people are uncomfortable acknowledging, “I did something wrong. I’m sorry.” People who are in a relationship where they aren’t ever saying I’m sorry are the ones I worry about, to be honest. And yet our criminal justice has been organized around this premise that somehow, for a lot of people, you never admit a mistake and never apologize. That’s something that sets us up for these tragedies like the McMillian case or the Hinton case

Addressing inequality in the criminal justice system and beyond would appear to be your life’s work. Certainly, given your background, there were more lucrative avenues you could have explored. Why do you think you chose this course in life?

I guess I’ve always felt like I need to do what’s important and right rather than what’s lucrative. The one advantage of coming up the way I came is I never expected to be affluent or well-paid. That wasn’t a marker of anything important to me. The people around me who I most respected were people who just seemed to have wisdom shaped by proximity to the things that mattered to them.

My grandmother and people in my family who I admired were people who understood this history and felt compelled to challenge the things that needed to be challenged. I think I just grew up with this orientation that doing the right thing even when the right thing is hard will yield more fulfillment and satisfaction than doing things that are just lucrative. It’s not that I’m against things that are money-generating. It’s just that I knew there was something rich in this life of engagement with things I care deeply about.

I’m also just better at doing the things I care about. Some people can make an extra effort and just create an excellent product, regardless of what the issue is [and] despite their disengagement with the topic. I really work best, function best, do best when I care deeply about what I’m doing.

In “Just Mercy” you use the framework of Walter McMillian’s situation as a leaping-off point to address many elements of race in America and a lot of it is pretty disheartening. Are there developments that make you optimistic?

I continue to believe that we are perhaps on the verge of beginning a conversation that will really be transformational. I think that what the truth does is liberate you. It cuts you free. And if we become more truthful about our history, I just think there are going to be all kinds of powerful outcomes.

I do yearn for an era where children are born to a country where they’re not burdened by this narrative of racial difference. Where the legacy of racial inequality has been addressed, so that we’re attuned to it in a way that we can move forward.  I don’t think that being born in Germany now makes you more likely to be anti-Semitic than being born someplace else in Europe, but that’s only because there has been some recognition about how this horrific hatred and misguided orientation toward religious minorities corrupted that society.

You don’t want that corruption. It’s like learning that you shouldn’t smoke or something disruptive. People before you just did it without thinking and you now know something they didn’t and your relationship to that is very different. We haven’t really done that with regards to race, but I think if we did, we could see radical improvement, radical progress. That excites me and makes me hopeful.

We could still be mired down in issues that would make it impossible to talk about changing the landscape and confronting this narrative. We could be dealing with legal structures that authorize racial hierarchy. We’ve largely succeeded in dismantling those things. That creates an opportunity to talk about the psychic and sociological and emotional features of this longstanding problem.

I am hopeful. I have to be. You have to be willing to believe things you haven’t seen to do any of the things we’ve done. If you were a slave, you had to believe you could be free. If you grew up with segregation, you had to believe there would be a time when those laws would no longer be tolerated. I think that’s true for this generation just like it was for past generations.

Bryan Stevenson’s photo by Nina Subin

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Starbucks barista lands on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S.

SEATTLE, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven years after writing a book about dogs, a Starbucks barista landed on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S.

The New York Times expanded its number of bestselling book categories to include monthly selections on 12 specialized topics such education, fitness, and animals.

“I remember thinking I wish they would have had that list a few years ago because I’ve written several books about dogs, and maybe one of them could have received the ultimate recognition,” said Ken Foster, a Starbucks partner (employee) in New Orleans. “The timing didn’t seem to work out and I didn’t think I’d fulfill my childhood goal of becoming a New York Times bestselling author.”

That dream carried Foster to grad school in New York for a master’s degree in writing and to countless coffee shops in the Big Apple where he practiced his craft. Writers are generally solitary creatures. Although they work alone, they do like being around people. Years before he became a barista, Foster found the perfect writing environment in a Starbucks.

“There’s a positive pressure when you’re writing, surrounded by a mix of people. Lifting my head from my laptop from time to time I’d look around the coffee shop. Some of the characters in short stories were inspired by other customers,” he said. “Maybe writers enjoy coffee shops because everyone there is on their way to or from somewhere. They’re in the middle of their own story.

A deeper meaning to writing about dogs

With a passion for coffee and the Starbucks® store environment, Foster donned a green apron in May of 2014. He joined Starbucks for the company’s benefits and flexible scheduling. Foster also volunteers in New Orleans with a nonprofit he started, The Sula Foundation, which provides low-cost services for dogs, particularly pit bulls.

His most popular published books are “The Dogs Who Found Me,” “Dogs I’ve Met,” and “I’m a Good Dog.” That’s a lot of books from someone who wasn’t a dog owner initially. During a writing assignment in Costa Rica, Foster found companionship with a mutt that lived on a farm where he was staying. When he returned to New York he had trouble writing without a dog around. He adopted a pit bull from an online database of homeless animals, and later found himself sheltering and finding homes for many other dogs.

There’s a deeper meaning to Foster’s work writing about dogs. The former New Yorker describes in his memoir how animals helped him cope with the 9/11 tragedy, and with Hurricane Katrina after he moved to Louisiana.

“When I write about dogs, I’m always also writing about people.  Dogs are fascinating as a subject because they really do cross into all aspects of our lives and all cultures.  Particularly when we live in urban environments, they keep us connected to nature and the world around us—they help pull us out of our own problems,” said Foster. “Dogs may be more naturally social creatures than people are, so they make a great example to follow.”

Landing on the list

Last October, as he was heading to bed before an opening shift at Starbucks, Foster glanced at The New York Times monthly bestsellers list of animal books.

“There, at number five on the list was…me,” he said.

His book, “Dogs I Have Met and the People They Found,” made the list seven years after it was published because Amazon promoted an eBook edition of his work as a deal of the day for under $2.  To his credit, Foster’s book remained on the list even after the price went back up to just under 10 bucks.

The book is a compilation of true stories about “karmic canine rescues” that demonstrate the power of stray dogs to enrich the lives of people who open their homes to the animals.

After posting about his achievement on Facebook, Foster said he went back to check he wasn’t imagining what he saw. Thinking, “It couldn’t be real.”

“What did I do after I found out my book was on The New York Times bestseller list? I went to bed early so I could be at Starbucks for work early the next morning. Maybe that’ll change one day if I have a book that’s a bigger success, but for now I’m happy to be involved with two things I love – coffee and writing.”

Foster is working on a book about a different kind of animal, a deer, and a family in Michigan who has raised it to be a pet.

This is Ken Foster’s Starbucks story. What’s yours? Starbucks partners and customers, share your story newstips@starbucks.com

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks barista lands on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S.

Starbucks barista lands on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S.

Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

LONDON, 2015-3-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate World Book Day, Sainsbury’s has published a list of 50 books which every child should read by the age of 16, with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory taking top spot!

The magical story about Charlie Bucket’s golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory proves to be the most loved for children, with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland finishing runner up.

The study of 2,000 reading enthusiasts was created to determine the ultimate list of the top 50 books that should be on every child’s reading list, encouraging bedtime reading for British families.

The list covers a range of traditional classics and more modern tales – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter adventures also featured. C.S. Lewis’ adventures in Narnia are no less thrilling today – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe finished third in the list of 50 books, while Winnie the Pooh and Black Beauty rounded off the top five.

10 books which every child should read by the age of 16Click to Tweet

  1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
  2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
  4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne
  5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
  6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  7. The BFG-Roald Dahl
  8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
  9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Mavis Sarfo, from Sainsbury’s Book Team, said: “The 50 books show a much-cherished collection of some of the finest children’s writing that has delighted readers and transported them to other worlds for generations.

“It’s fantastic to see that so many parents get involved in reading bedtime stories by putting on character voices and wearing costumes to bring characters to life. Encouraging children to role play through dress up and becoming ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Elsa from Frozen’ is crucial in developing imaginations from an early age and a love of reading.

“Encouraging role play by dressing up as favourite book characters further fuels this and Sainsbury’s has a great selection of children’s costumes and books to celebrate World Book Day – we look forward to welcoming book lovers of all ages in our stores.”

Tony Robinson, actor, comedian and author, who worked with Sainsbury’s on the campaign, added: “The response from parents and the lengths they go to in bringing these stories to their children as vividly as possible is amazing.

“It shows that the power of make believe is so important in the development of a child and a key role in parents bonding with their young ones.”

To celebrate the nation’s week of reading, Sainsbury’s is encouraging children to read more by exploring the world of books and dress up as their favourite fictional characters.

From Monday 2 March, Sainsbury’s will be hosting in-store ‘Make Believe’ events nationwide, to support the nation’s reading week complete with reading corners and activities to encourage children to read more and inspire parents to get involved.

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  1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
  2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
  4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne
  5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
  6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  7. The BFG-Roald Dahl
  8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
  9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  12. Matilda- Roald Dahl
  13. The Railway Children- E. Nesbit
  14. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens
  15. Five on a Treasure Island- Enid Blyton
  16. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
  17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
  18. The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling
  19. Charlotte’s Web- EB White
  20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter
  21. Watership Down- Richard Adams
  22. The Hobbit -J.R.Tolken
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
  24. Lord of the Flies- William Golding
  25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend
  26. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
  27. The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss
  28. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  29. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
  30. The Twits – Roald Dahl
  31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum
  32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  33. Anne of Green Gables- L.M.Montgomery
  34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
  35. Green Eggs and Ham-Dr Seuss
  36. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  37. Bambi- Felix Selten
  38. Tom’s Midnight Garden- Phillipa Pearce
  39. Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder
  40. Funny Bones- Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  41. Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
  42. Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden
  43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  44. The Magician’s Nephew- C.S. Lewis
  45. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting
  47. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  48. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  49. Curious George- H.A.Ray
  50. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

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  1. Paddington Bear
  2. Winnie the Pooh
  3. The Hungry Caterpillar
  4. Postman Pat
  5. Thomas the Tank Engine
  6. The Gruffalo
  7. Harry Potter
  8. Cinderella
  9. Mr Men
  10. Peter Rabbit
  11. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  12. Peter Pan
  13. The BFG
  14. Alice in Wonderland
  15. Noddy
  16. Willy Wonka
  17. Matilda
  18. Mog the Cat
  19. Toad from Wind in the Willows
  20. Pinocchio

Survey conducted by Census Wide and polled 2,000 parents in February 2015

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Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

Sainsbury’s named 50 books every child should read by the age of 16 in celebration of World Book Day

Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

Retailer’s cook book features recipes with ingredients frequently found on food pantry shelves

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to a need expressed by its food pantry partners for nutrition education resources, Meijer developed a cook book that features food safety and meal planning tips, as well as basic recipes using ingredients frequently found in food pantries.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest.

“As the challenge of fighting hunger continues in all of the communities we serve, it’s more important than ever to come together to help our neighbors make ends meet,” said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations. “Through the years, our Simply Give and food rescue programs have helped fill a void. We are pleased to continue our commitment to hunger relief through the Simply Cook book.”

Emerson said discussions for the book initially stemmed from a conversation with one of the retailer’s food banks regarding its philosophy to never turn away donations of quality food. However, some types of food are obscure – like kale, for example, which is a leafy green vegetable that is rich with nutrients – and require a bit more education on cooking preparation.

Representatives with Meijer, including its team of Healthy Living Advisors and registered dietitians, worked with its food bank and pantry partners to help fill a void. The result is Simply Cook, a 48-page resource that shares:

  • Nutrition education: How to read food labels, and how to fill your plate well using the MyPlate federal guideline.
  • Meal planning tips and solutions: Use a calendar, make a list, and use leftovers in different recipes on another night. The book also includes a two-week meal planner.
  • Food myths: Reveals the truth about the top most common food myths, including it’s too costly to eat healthy.
  • Kitchen basics: Basic and affordable cooking tools like a food thermometer and a pan, as well as pantry staples like rice, pasta, and canned or dried beans.
  • Food safety and storage tips: Fight food spoilage from bacteria and foodborne illnesses with proper food storage.
  • Quick and easy recipes: Basic, healthy recipes using ingredients frequently found on food pantry shelves, including potatoes, tuna, beans, and canned vegetables and chicken. Recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner. The book also includes a month of quick, easy dinner menus, and how to transform leftovers into a new meal.
  • Shopping lists: Compiles the ingredients used in the monthly dinner menu.

“We believe it’s incredibly important to provide families with nutritious food, but we also wanted to educate them on how to prepare those foods into healthy meals once they get home,” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor and Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach said.

Laura Castle said Simply Cook will be a great addition to the nutrition education she and the volunteers at the North End Community Food Pantry in Grand Rapids provide to their clients.

“I am pleased to provide the Simply Cook book to our clients so they can make quick and easy nutritious meals utilizing food that we provide to them through our food pantry,” Castle said. “It is chock full of great recipes and guidelines on nutrition, meal planning, food safety and kitchen basics. Thank you, Meijer.”

About Meijer Philanthropy
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year

Three Canadian authors earn spots in the top 10 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year list; Five Canadian authors in the top 25

For the first time ever, Amazon.ca also selects Best Canadian Books of the Year and Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens

SEATTLE, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year. The curated list is determined by the books team and features their favourite books released in Canada in 2014. This year, Amazon.ca names Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett as the No. 1 Best Book of 2014.

For the first time, Amazon.ca also names the 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year and the 10 Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens. Topping the Best Canadian Books of the Year was Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. The No. 1 Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens was Nancy Knows by Canadian author Cybele Young. Toview all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

“Customers looking for the perfect holiday read for the book lovers in their lives will find a wide variety of recommendations on the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year lists – from travel-inspired literary journeys, to books that keep you laughing, as well as our favourite Canadian reads and thrilling page-turners you can’t put down,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.

The top 10 editors’ picks for the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year are:

  1. Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett: A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.
  2. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund: A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
  3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
  4. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood*: In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood’s signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance.
  5. On Immunity by Eula Biss: Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  6. Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.
  7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel*: An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.
  8. Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder*: Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.
  9. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman: The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.
  10. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.

* Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

The 2014 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year features five novels by Canadian authors in the top 25 rankings, includingStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (#4), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (#7), Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder (#8), Kitten Clone by Douglas Coupland (#14) and The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter (#24).

To learn more about all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and co-author Rajiv Chandrasekaran released new book highlighting the post-military careers of veterans

SEATTLE, 2014-11-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Three days after learning her husband was killed in Afghanistan, August Cabrera had to tell their two young sons daddy wasn’t coming home.

Army Lt. Col. David Cabrera was shuttling between bases on the outskirts of Kabul when a van packed with explosives pulled up next to his vehicle. A suicide bomber set off a blast that killed more than 20 people, including Cabrera and three other U.S. service members.

Holding the little hands of seven-year-old Max and five-year-old Roanin, August said, “Guys, I have something I need to tell you. There’s been an accident. Daddy’s been killed. He’s not coming home.”

More heart-breaking talks followed, including a conversation about what should be engraved on their father’s tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery. Max immediately knew what to inscribe. At the bottom of the smooth, stark white stone – below the name David E. Cabrera, LTC Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Nov 26 1969, October 29, 2011 – the family added three words: Soldier of Kindness.

“I have such a high degree of respect for Max and the Cabrera family,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “Military families and service members demonstrate courage, conviction and valor and their stories need to be told.”

Schultz and co-author Rajiv Chandrasekaran are telling Max’s story and nine others in “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice.” The book highlights the post-military careers of veterans serving their communities in extraordinary ways, and offers compelling accounts of valor displayed by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan – battlefields that are familiar to Chandrasekaran.

Learning from men and women in uniform

Now a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, Rajiv Chandrasekaran was the newspaper’s bureau chief in Baghdad in 2003 and 2004 and a war correspondent in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011.

“I’ve walked many miles shoulder-to-shoulder with our men and women in uniform. I’ve been on many patrols, been shot at, had things explode near me,” he said. “What I hadn’t done much of is connect with our veteran population in a personal way.”

That changed for Chandrasekaran when he began digging into a landmark survey from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation that explored the views and experiences of U.S. military members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan in the period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The majority of post 9/11 veterans surveyed said while they appreciate gestures of support from the American public, they feel disconnected from civilian life. Many reported their physical and mental health was worse than before they deployed and they had challenges transitioning from military service to civilian jobs back home.

“This gave me a deeper appreciation for the range of veteran experiences from those who are struggling with mental and physical wounds and employment challenges, to those who are thriving and doing remarkable things in their communities,” Chandrasekaran said. “These are experiences and stories the broader population does not know.”

Part of the “disconnect” is that while an estimated 2.6 million military members have served since 9/11, that’s less than one percent of the country’s population. Most Americans do not personally know someone who wears a uniform in service to the country today, said Chandrasekaran. Schultz didn’t either until he began a journey well over a year ago to understand active duty service members and veterans.

“I would see men and woman in uniform at a public event and would be a respectful as possible, but it wasn’t until visiting West Point that I was overwhelmed by the young people there and the fact that our military men and women give so much to this country,” he said. “I feel like we haven’t given them their due.”

A passion to learn more about the needs of active duty service members and veterans as they transition to civilian jobs took Schultz to military bases around the country. It also led to many discussions with Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current Starbucks board member.

One year ago, Schultz set Starbucks on a path to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. In addition to technical and logistical skills, veterans and reservists bring a “high level of character” to any organization, according to Col. Daniel Walrath, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

“They thrive in complex situations defined by ambiguity, uncertainty, and unexpected situations that they have not been trained for,” said Col. Walrath. “Being surrounded by those conditions, our military men and women are able to come up with creative solutions and then organize and lead people to success.”

Schultz and his wife Sheri have also pledged extensive support to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life through the Schultz Family Foundation’s Onward Veterans initiative. Earlier this year the foundation announced a financial commitment to help America’s veterans overcome the challenges of returning to civilian life and maximize their skills for businesses and communities.

As Schultz became more immersed in veterans issues, he met Chandrasekaran. Together, they decided to write a book to bridge the gap between civilians and veterans in our society.

Saying more than ‘thank you for your service’

Although the co-authors approached “For Love of Country” from different backgrounds, though their common goal was to give Americans a deep understanding of the men and women who went off to fight for their country and what they’re doing now that they’re back home.

“We hope readers will take a moment to pause and think about the brave men and women in their midst who stood up to serve so the rest of us could go on with our lives,” said Chandrasekaran. “Instead of being detached from those who protect us today, perhaps in a small way this book will stimulate conversations around the country.”

Chandrasekaran said it’s clear from talking with hundreds of service men and women that veterans don’t want pity or charity, but there is more we can do beyond saying “thank you for your service” when we see someone in uniform at an airport, or applauding politely when they’re recognized at sporting events.

“Each of us – individuals and businesses – have a responsibility to honor them, hire them and have conversations with them,” Schultz added. “We’re not entitled to their service.”

“For Love of Country” will be available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores and store.starbucks.com starting Nov. 4, as well other retailers where books are sold. The authors will donate proceeds from the sale of this book to Onward Veterans, a donor-advised fund of the Schultz Family Foundation that supports veteran service organizations that enable veterans and their families to make successful transitions to civilian life.

In addition:

Debut of Starbucks Veterans Card in stores.  For each Starbucks Veterans Card purchased from November 4 through 11, Starbucks will donate $5 to Onward Veterans.

On Veterans Day, November 11, participating Starbucks locations in the U.S. will offer a free tall (12 fl. oz.) brewed coffee to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses.

Starbucks, HBO and Chase present THE CONCERT FOR VALOR – a first-of-its-kind live concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The star-studded concert on HBO will be free for all to view or attend in person on Veterans Day, November 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.

Media downloads of videos, audio, photos and fact sheets available here

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and co-author Rajiv Chandrasekaran released new book highlighting the post-military careers of veterans

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and co-author Rajiv Chandrasekaran released new book highlighting the post-military careers of veterans

Sainsbury’s announces the winners of their inaugural Children’s Book Awards

LONDON, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s third largest supermarket and a major player in children’s book retailing, has today announced the winners of their inaugural Children’s Book Awards.

  • Three winners revealed, each to receive £1,000 prize
  • Six runners up also shortlisted by judges
  • All nine books will be £3 when they launch in stores today

The winning author of each category will receive a prize of £1,000 and all winning titles and shortlisted books will be promoted at £3 when they launch in Sainsbury’s stores today marking the key trading period leading up to Christmas 2014.

Category Winner Runners Up
Baby and Toddler That’s Not My Piglet: Fiona Watt (Usborne) Alphaprints 123 (Priddy)

Flip Flap Safari (Nosey Crow)

PIGLET
Picture Books There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes: Michelle Robinson (Bloomsbury) Train! (Little Tiger)

Hector and the Big Bad Knight (Scholastic)

LION
Fiction for age 5-9 years Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat Dragon: Sarah Courtault (Macmillan) Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Walker)

The Royal Babysitters (Bloomsbury)

DRAGON

Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s is invited all their current children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for each of the three award categories: Baby and Toddler, Picture Books; and Fiction for age 5-9 years.

The judging panel, chaired by Louise Ward, Sainsbury’s children’s range book buyer comprised of acclaimed author Phil Earle, award winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre and Sainsbury’s children’s book buying team. The judges’ shortlisted three books per category before selecting each winner.

Phil Earle, children’s author and judge commented on the Awards saying: “There was such talent on show in the books submitted, I’ve no doubt the shortlisted titles, and indeed the winner, will delight our most discerning readers, children!”

Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and fellow judge added: “Picture books are my real passion, so I had a wonderful time reading my way through the entries. Awards such as this one highlight the fact that children’s books aren’t just about nostalgia, but that Britain is producing exciting new stories all the time. I’m very proud to be part of this!”

Louise Ward, Sainsbury’s children’s range book buyer comments: “We are very proud of our first ever Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, the whole journey has been really exciting and all made possible because of our great publishers, authors and illustrators.”

Sainsbury’s sells children’s books in more than 300 supermarket stores across the UK. In 2011 Sainsbury’s re-launched its range of own-brand children’s books and in 2013 was awarded the title “Children’s Bookseller of the Year” at The Bookseller Industry Awards.

QVC’s best-selling cookbook author David Venable to debut his second cookbook

QVC’s “Resident Foodie” to Debut His Second Cookbook

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-7-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC’s best-selling cookbook author and “Resident Foodie” David Venable is back with even more mouthwatering and memorable recipes in his second cookbook Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie.  The new cookbook, which follows his 2012 best-seller, is scheduled to launch Sunday, July 6, 2014 at noon (ET) during QVC’s most popular cooking show “In the Kitchen with David®,” which Venable hosts twice weekly.  Venable’s foodies and fans will be able to order the cookbook during an exclusive three-month pre-sale. The book will be published on October 7, 2014.

“I was overwhelmed by the positive support I received for my first cookbook,” said Venable. “Working with Random House once again provides me with the opportunity to bring my latest and greatest comfort food favorites to foodies across the country.  My new recipes in Back Around the Table aspire to bring families and friends together and keep them coming back to the table for more mouth-watering food and memorable times.”

Venable’s highly anticipated second cookbook from Ballantine Books, Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie will feature more than 100 brand-new recipes, as well as 30 fan favorites. This all-purpose cookbook, which is arranged like a collection of “mini” comfort-themed books including chapters, such as “Mix and Mingle,” “Quick and Easy” and “Gather and Share,” will highlight Venable’s inventive spin on traditional comfort food favorites with tantalizing photographs, helpful sidebars and amusing personal anecdotes.  America’s adored Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, a frequent guest on “In the Kitchen with David®,” offers a foreword to this robust volume.  QVC will feature a special edition of the cookbook, which will contain the bonus chapter “Comfort & Joy” with 10 additional holiday-themed recipes.

“David’s infectious love for food and passion for cooking for his family and friends has made ‘In the Kitchen with David’ one of the most popular and well-regarded programs in the country,” said Karen Fonner, vice president of content marketing and programming for QVC.  “Back Around the Table perfectly captures David’s enthusiasm and is sure to bring families together as they enjoy their favorite comfort foods.”

Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the multimedia retailer’s gourmet food business.  His hit show, “In the Kitchen with David®,” offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.  There are more than 350,000 copies in print of his 2012 cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home.  Over the years, Venable has welcomed some of the most prominent chefs and food celebrities to “In the Kitchen with David” such as Giada De Laurentiis; Lidia Bastianich; Emeril Lagasse; Rachael Ray; The Chew’s Michael Symon; Carla Hall and Daphne Oz; TLC’sCake Boss Buddy Valastro and many more.  “In the Kitchen with David®”has its own mobile app with a customer base that is consistently growing, and Venable also has a very strong and active social media following.

Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie will be available to pre-order, while supplies last, beginning today, July 1 through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItaly and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Sainsbury’s invites their children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for their first “Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards”

LONDON, 2014-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s third largest supermarket and a major player in children’s book retailing, has today announced details of the first “Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards”.

Sainsbury’s is inviting all their current children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for each of the three award categories: Baby and Toddler, Picture Books; and Fiction for age 5-9 years.

The judging panel will be chaired by Louise Ward, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Buyer and will comprise acclaimed author Phil Earle, award winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre and Sainsbury’s  children’s book buying team. The judges will shortlist three books per category. The winning author of each category will receive a prize of £1,000 and all winning titles and shortlisted books will be promoted in Sainsbury’s stores in the key trading period leading up to Christmas 2014.

Sainsbury’s sells children’s books in more than 300 supermarket stores across the UK.  In 2011 Sainsbury’s re-launched its range of own-brand children’s books and in 2013 was awarded the title “Children’s Bookseller of the Year” at The Bookseller Industry Awards.

Phil Carroll, Sainsbury’s Books Buying Manager announced the Awards saying; “We are really proud of our success in children’s books which has been made possible because of the great relationships we have with our publishers, authors and illustrators.

“We came up with the idea of doing our own awards as a way of highlighting to our customers the very best children’s books.”

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 6 June 2014 and the nine shortlisted books will be announced in early October 2014.

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Sainsbury’s invites their children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for their first “Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards”

Sainsbury’s invites their children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for their first “Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards”

Carrefour China announced the Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France

BEIJING, 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — After one month of voting and selection, on March 25 in Beijing, Carrefour China organized together with Guangming Daily, Guangming Website, and China International Publishing Group, the result announcing ceremony of “Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France”.

Mr. He Dongping, Editor-in-chief of Guangming Daily, Mr. Zhou Mingwei, Director General of China International Publishing Group, Mr. Wang Meng, Former Minister of Culture, Mr Jacques Pellet, French Embassy in China, and Mr. Thierry GARNIER, Vice-president of Carrefour Group and President & CEO of Carrefour China attended the event.

Mr. Thierry GARNIER delivered a speech on the ceremony: ” Carrefour’s Chinese name, ‘Jia Le Fu’ means wish all families a happy life. Books are important to our civilization. They pass down knowledge and wisdom of human beings, enrich our lives and bring us happiness. This meets well with Carrefour’s value and concept.” He said also that we wish to make more contributions to the economic, trade, and cultural exchanges between France and China.

Find thereby the final selection results :

“Top 10 most influential French books in China”
– The Spirit of Law
– The Social Contract
– The Lady of the Camellias
– Les Miserables
– Father Goriot
– Jean-Christophe
– The Red and the Black
– The Little Prince
– The Count of Monte Cristo
– The Old Regime and the Revolution

“Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France”
– The Analects of Confucius
– The Art of War
– The Tao Teh King
– The book of changes
– Heroes of the Marshes
– Journey to the West
– Rickshaw Boy
– Les Romans de Luxun (comme le Journal d’un Fou, The True Story of Ah, Call to Arms, Canopy Set)
– The Republic of Wine (de Mo Yan)
– Family

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Carrefour China announced the Top 10 Most Influential French Books in China & Top 10 most influential Chinese books in France

Sainsbury’s stores teamed up with children’s authors to help schools celebrate World Book Day

LONDON, 2014-2-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Several Sainsbury’s stores have teamed up with children’s authors to help schools celebrate World Book Day. As part of Sainsbury’s ‘Make Believe’ campaign, we have opened up a new chapter in our community work by inviting children’s authors such as Joanna Gray and many more into several stores.

The event runs from 28 February until Thursday 6 March, as part of Sainsbury’s ‘Make Believe’ campaign.  The first reading corner took place at Wakefield Marsh Way on Wednesday (28 February) and involved Leeds author Joanna Gray who wrote ‘Little Raindrop’ which teaches children about the water cycle.

Joanna said: “I love World Book Day and it provides a great way to show children the magical world of reading. I really enjoyed meeting the children at St Austin’s Primary school and helping them learn more about the water cycle, which is the main theme behind the book”.

Along with the eight stores supported by authors, over 50 more Sainsbury’s stores will be holding their own reading corners with local schools, with some featuring special appearances by popular children’s characters including ‘Cat in The Hat’, ‘Mog’ and ‘Blue Kangaroo’. Meanwhile, ‘The ‘Gruffalo’ will be teaming up with Former Blue Peter presenter and mother of two, Katy Hill to read ‘The Gruffalo’ to school children from Merton Abbey Primary school on Tuesday 4 March.

The ‘Make Believe’ Reading Corners will also give the children the chance to dress up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day, which is an annual event with the aim to get children excited about reading.  Along with the reading, children will get to create their own bookmarks, and masks at the reading corner, which will be provided by Disney. Each child will also receive a copy of the modern Disney classic ‘Tangled’ to take away.

As part of ‘Make Believe’, selected stores have a range of childrenswear outfits and books, which are on sale now.

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Sainsbury’s stores teamed up with children’s authors to help schools celebrate World Book Day

Sainsbury’s stores teamed up with children’s authors to help schools celebrate World Book Day

 

Stop Fishing for Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Visit the Great Gift Company

It is one of the oldest pastimes around and the Great Gift Company (thegreatgiftcompany.com), a leading gifts for men supplier online, is leading the way in providing the best gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Fishing has been a favourite hobby for many dads and they like to take their sons with them to teach them some tips and tricks as well as spend some quality father-son time together. This June, you could buy your dad one of the many fishing gifts available at the Great Gift Company and relive the good old days.

Mette Downer, Managing Director of the company, commented;

“We all like to have some family time and with Father’s Day just over 8 weeks away we wanted to give all sons (and daughters) the chance to spend some quality time with their dads.

We have spent a considerable amount of time sourcing these gifts so we hope that all sons and daughters will have the perfect set of fishing presents to choose from.”

The Great Gift Company has compiled a number of fishing-related products from ties and cuff-links to mugs and paraphernalia, so there should be plenty to choose from. The most impressive of the gifts available is the “Large Fishing Shadow Bow” which is a great gift for any fishing enthusiast and is available for £120.

It consists of a range of fishing paraphernalia including rare and valuable lures, ephemera and tackle and would look great on the wall of his office.

Other fishing related gifts that the company has released include “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die”. The places that are detailed in the book offer the best places to try and catch that big one as well as giving you areas that have beautiful surroundings which will help pass the hours when nothing is taking the bait!

With these two great gifts available plus a whole lot more, the Great Gift Company fathers day gift ideas are some of the best on the market. Customers are sure to find the perfect present there.

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The Great Gift Company Customers Stocking Up On Christmas Presents

Less than 8 weeks until Christmas Day, yes just 8 weeks, and customers are starting to get some ideas about what they are going to get those close to them for Christmas. The Great Gift Company, an online retailer of gifts for men, have seen an increasing number of customers visiting their website to get some Christmas, stocking filler and secret Santa presents.

Mette Downer, Managing Director of the company, said;

“Customers are always looking for a wide range of Christmas gifts for men from sporting gifts to travel related gifts. This is why we have worked really hard to make sure that we have a range of gifts to make sure our customers can prepare themselves for Christmas!”

As the Christmas markets all around the UK start to pop up and the temperatures tip into the minuses, The Great Gift Company offers customers an easy (and warmer!) way of buying their Christmas presents for men this year.

From music gifts such as “1001 albums you must hear before you die” to sporting gifts such as a golf chipping net where they can practise their swing, whatever you are looking to buy the man in your life for Christmas you will find it here, simply visit www.thegreatgiftcompany.com to see all the products on sale.

You can even find some great stocking filler gifts and secret santa presents as well. If you are looking for secret santa gift ideas then you can make the most of the ability to shop by budget, something that you are going to need when searching for secret santa gifts.

There are hundreds of great gift ideas for men and boys of all ages under £15 at the Great Gift Company – where its easy to buy your Christmas presents from the comfort of your own home.

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Brand New Website Layout at No1Brands4You Makes Online Shopping Easier

Discount online retailer No1Brands4You has launched its brand new website, with its attractive, streamlined layout now making it easier than ever for their customers to shop for brand name gadgets and accessories at drastically reduced prices.

The website has recently undergone a dramatic transformation, and the new look website makes shopping for brand name products easier than ever, with the new layout easily highlighting all of the essential areas of the website, from the Special Offers to the dedicated categories such as DIY products and items for the Armed Forces.

There are plenty of household essentials in stock at No1Brands4You, such as the range of retro kitchen appliances from Giles and Posner. The Mini Retro Popcorn Maker will let you make fresh, tasty popcorn as often as you please, whilst also giving your kitchen a retro 50s feel. Meanwhile, the Mini Chocolate Fountain will provide the ultimate retro centrepiece at parties and get-togethers.

These are just some of the fantastic products that are now available to order online from No1Brands4You, and with Christmas fast approaching, there is no better time to get shopping for all of your festive necessities, whether you need innovative gifts for your loved ones, or you need to stock up on your party essentials to make your Christmas party go with a bang.

No1Brands4You is an online discount retailer that is dedicated to bringing its customers great value deals on a wide range of home and garden essentials. There are so many different products in stock, from clothing and jewellery for both men and women, to DIY essentials and car care products.

To check out all of the wonderful products that are currently in stock at No1Brands4You, including a whole host of brand names at reduced prices that you wouldn’t find anywhere on the high street, visit the No1Brands4You website at http://www.no1brands4You.co.uk/

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Fantastic New Titles Unlocked at the Book People

The Book People has this week released an extended range of books on top of its already packed offering, with the new titles including everything from great books for kids to cheap fiction.

The new Unlocking Books campaign has been in the works for some time now and every single book within the range has been hand-picked to give booklovers something to shout about. The Book People is now able to offer even more choice than ever before as a huge 947 new books have been added to the site so far.

A number of book categories and genres are including in the Unlocking Books campaign as well, such as children’s, fiction, reference, cookery, home and garden, hobbies and interests, and the Book People’s current featured author, Rachel Caine.

Avid readers should get themselves to the official website as soon as possible to check out what’s on offer, and they will find all sorts available. The Book People already provides something for everyone through its internet bookshop and is constantly adding new books to its online library, but the Unlocking Books campaign has a slight difference to this – all of the books contained within it are being offered at an even lower price than usual.

Emma Whyman of the Book People, said: “Our Unlocking Books campaign has been designed to bring even better reading material to all of our customers and we know that everyone will be able to find something of interest, thanks to the fact that 2,000 new books will be added to our amazing collection throughout the campaign.”

Those interested in buying from the Book People can head onto the official website at www.thebookpeople.co.uk now to view the titles that are currently available.

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Great British Summer Campaign Launched to Celebrate Jubilee and Olympic Games 2012

With the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics already noted down on everyone’s calendars, the UK is set to have one of the best summers yet and the Book People has launched its Best of British event to celebrate all things British.

The Book People’s Best of British will include all manner of competitions, prize draws and British-themed events that will remind us all of just why this country is so incredible. The event started on the 17 May with a competition to win a Fortnum and Mason’s hamper, stuffed full of goodies including signed books and Jubilee memorabilia. The bookseller kicked things off with a new section on its site that is dedicated to the best British titles around.

Customers will be able to browse through a range of books written by British authors, both past and present; and can benefit from the same low prices for cheap fiction that keep people coming back to the Book People time and again for. Along with this British book category, a range of British-themed competitions are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

One of the many competitions that customers will be able to enter into includes the Book People’s Fortnum & Mason hamper prize draw, which will run to mid-June. Applicants will have a chance to win one of Fortnum & Mason’s decidedly British hampers and further details of the competition will be revealed on the Book People’s main website, as well as on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheBookPeopleLtd), Twitter (@TheBookPeople) and via a newsletter.

Other competitions from the Book People will run alongside the Olympics and the August bank holiday and those interested should head for the bookseller’s website and social networking pages now to find out more.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “This summer is going to be one of the biggest and best in the UK in recent years thanks to the many events we all have to look forward to, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics, Wimbledon and Euro 2012.

“Our Best of British has been designed to bring all of this to the forefront of everyone’s minds and we hope everyone thoroughly enjoys the competitions, discussions, and prize draws we have lined up!”

To find out more about the Book People’s Best of British, follow the event on #BookPeopleBOB now.

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Queen of Teen 2012 Shortlist Announced!

Queen of Teen is royally delighted to announce the shortlist for the fiction world’s most glamorous award. Thousands of heartfelt nominations have been received from teenagers across the country and voting is now open to find this year’s Queen of Teen.

The ten fabulous authors who have made the shortlist are as follows:

Cathy Cassidy, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Webb, Joanna Nadin, Cathy Hopkins, Samantha Mackintosh, Chris Higgins, Hayley Long, S.C. Ransom and the first ever male shortlisted author, James Dawson.

The award will be presented at a glittering award ceremony in July 2012, when the writers of the best nominations will be invited to mingle with their favourite authors, invited journalists and other special guests. The ceremony is to be held at Queen of Teen HQ in leafy Surrey and will be superbly pink and sparkly – a truly majestic celebration of this thriving and important genre!

Teens and tweens can now vote for their favourite author from the shortlist by visiting www.queenofteen.co.uk. Queen of Teen has attracted tens of thousands of votes from young readers across the globe and last year resulted in the fabulous author of the Chocolate Box Girls books, Cathy Cassidy, being crowned Queen of Teen.

On being crowned, Cathy said: “I’ve had lots of fun since being voted Queen of Teen… it’s an amazing award because it’s all about YOU, the super-cool reader gals out there. Your votes and views really DO count!”

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‘The Book Thief’ Tops Popularity List According To The Book People’s Pinterest Poll

On 23rd April – the official UNESCO international day of the book – people everywhere can receive gifted copies of one of the 25 books that have been chosen to mark World Book Night 2012 and, in a Pinterest poll organised by the Book People, the public has chosen Markus Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ as their favourite title in the collection.

World Book Night is an annual event that works to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage those that normally shy away from this fantastic hobby to get back into it. It’s set to take place on April 23rd and a total of 25 fiction books have been whittled down from a huge selection. These books include everything from historical novels to fantasy fiction, so there’s something for everyone.

“We fully support the ethos behind World Book Night,” said Lindsay Eyers of the Book People.

“Nowadays, one in six has difficulty with reading and writing, and literacy is one of the most important skills a person can have.

“To celebrate World Book Night we asked our customers and followers on social networking sites to choose their favourite title on a special Pinterest poll and‘The Book Thief’ was the winner.”

In the week running up to 23rd April ‘givers’ that have signed up to take part in the event can pick up 24 copies of their chosen title from the top 25, all of which will be printed as special World Book Night editions. The givers will then distribute every copy to friends, family, colleagues and even strangers that wouldn’t normally visit their local bookshop to buy new books.

There will also be a number of events held to celebrate World Book Night in areas across the UK, and many other countries will be involved, including Ireland, the USA and Germany.

All of the books included in the World Book Night top 25 can be bought from the Book People now and, as per the bookseller, are available with great discounts to help in saving money when shopping.

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Win A Giant Chocolate Bar From The Book People

With Easter just a few days away now, the Book People has geared up its competition to win a giant chocolate bar in the shape of its well-known logo. The bar, made with white chocolate and featuring an intricate seashell design, is sure to be a real treat!

The Book People has a whole host of Easter-themed books for kids and other books to choose from, but for something a bit sweeter customers should make a beeline for the bookseller’s current competition. The online retailer runs competitions throughout the year but expects its chocolate logo offer to be the most popular yet.

For a chance to win the Book People’s giant chocolate logo all you need to do is head to the special competition section of the site and answer the question – What type bean is chocolate made from? You can submit your answer via email to competitions@thebookpeople.co.uk or by writing a letter to the Book People and sending it to Catteshall Manor, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1UU.

“We’re really excited about our chocolate logo competition, which will be officially announced on Wednesday 4th April,” said Lindsay Eyers of the Book People.

“Anyone with a sweet tooth should definitely send in their answer as soon as possible and wait and see whether they’ve been picked as the lucky winner of our amazing giant chocolate logo.

“We also have a number of other competitions running at the moment, including a chance to win £200 worth of travel vouchers, an annual pass to Dickens World and a superb three piece MasterChef set. All of our competitions give us a chance to thank our dedicated customers for buying their fiction, travel guides and other books with us, so don’t miss out!”

The competition ends on 10th April and the winner will be announced shortly after. All answers must be received by the closing date and there is to be one entry per person. For full details of the competition visit the Book People’s official site now.

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The Book People’s Seni Glaister And Sara Cooper Take On Their Toughest Challenge Yet

Spring may have sprung here in the UK but for two intrepid adventurers life is about to get a whole lot colder. CEO of the Book People Seni Glaister, along with friend and colleague Sara Cooper, is setting off this week on an epic ‘stroll’ to the North Pole, in aid of children’s hospice charity Shooting Star CHASE.

This will be Seni and Sara’s third challenge, after they climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 and scaled the three highest mountains in North Africa in 2011. They will be putting their own tents up in temperatures as low as -50 degrees, navigating around open water, dragging their kit over pressure ridges in the ice – and keeping a watchful eye out for polar bears.

The Stroll to the Pole is a challenge for a very good cause. Seni and Sara are walking to celebrate the life of publisher Peter Bowron, who died suddenly in 2009, and to raise money for Shooting Star CHASE. So far, the pair’s efforts, together with the Book People’s annual Catteshall Stroll, have raised over £110,000 to help their local hospice, Christopher’s, keep on providing respite care for life-limited children and a lifeline for their families.

Further information on this extraordinary expedition and where the money will be going can be found on the following websites:

www.strolltothepole.co.uk – all about Seni and Sara’s challenge
www.catteshallstroll.co.uk – register to support or take part in this year’s stroll
www.shootingstarchase.org.uk – all about this amazing charity

Follow the pair’s progress, step by freezing step, on Twitter @Long_Flat_White

Seni Glaister says: “There is no doubt that this is our most ambitious expedition to date, but we’re heading north in aid of a wonderful cause. Christopher’s has no guaranteed government funding so every penny we raise really does count. As we drag our sleds over the ice and huddle in our tents at night, knowing that people at home are wishing us well and helping us raise money will really help to keep us going.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/strolltothepole

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The Book People Sells The Hunger Games Book Trilogy For Just £4.99

Online book retailer the Book People is selling The Hunger Games book trilogy for just £4.99 in line with the release of the film adaptation, which premiered in the UK on 23 March 2012. This will give the Book People customers a saving of £18.98 on the recommended retail price (RRP).

The young adult book, written by well-known American author Suzanne Collins, is already a best-seller and is the first in a trilogy of the same name. The sci-fi and fantasy fiction book is set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world in the mythical country of Panem, which is located where North America once was.

In this cruel world the Capitol rules over everything and is surrounded by 12 poverty-stricken districts. The name of the book and trilogy refers to the blood-thirsty annual tradition that calls for a boy and girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to be called forth from any of the districts to fight to the death in a televised battle, with the last person standing being crowned the winner. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, both 16 years old, are chosen by lottery to compete, but things aren’t as straightforward as they seem.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “’The Hunger Games’ is one of the best young adult fiction books to be released in recent years and has already gripped many readers. It’s ideal for both teenagers and adults thanks to Suzanne Collins’ talented writing and we fully expect that, following the major film premiere on Friday, the book will become an even bigger hit.”

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, while Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland also star. ‘The Hunger Games’ film adaptation has been directed by Gary Ross, who also directed‘Pleasantville’ and ‘Sea Biscuit’, and author Suzanne Collins adapted the novel for the screen.

The Book People is dedicated to providing readers with cheap books and are selling The Hunger Games trilogy for just £4.99. The RRP for this trilogy is £23.97, meaning those who buy the book set from the Book People will save a huge £18.98!

To find out more, visit www.thebookpeople.co.uk now.

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Special Mother’s Day deal now on at The Book People

Mother’s Day is now just around the corner, but there are sure to be a fair few people that are yet to get their mum a present. The Book People has the ideal solution though – buy any of its specially selected Mother’s Day books and receive a free gift bag to present it in.

The Book People has a wide variety of cheap books included in its special Mother’s Day offer and any one of them would certainly be a welcome treat for your mum, no matter where her interests lie. There are a total of 50 titles for you to choose from, with everything from fiction to cookbooks included in the list.

Many of the book seller’s best titles are available as well, such as Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Baking Made Easy’. Any mum’s that have an interest in baking will love this book as it’s full to the brim with delicious recipes for cakes, bread, tarts, pies and every other kind of sweet or savoury treat you could possibly think of. If your mum has more of an interest in sewing than baking, the book ‘Sewing In No Time’ by Emma Hardy is likely to be better suited to her. This book has 50 easy-to-follow sewing designs that can even be used by newcomers to the craft.

If your mum is in the process of dropping a dress size or two, why not pick her up a copy of ‘Dance to the Musicals’ by Arlene Phillips, which should help in making her calorie-burning efforts much more enjoyable. Anita Shreve’s ‘Rescue’ would be ideal if your mum is more interested in reading fiction – the book tells the gripping story of Peter and Sheila, a couple desperately fighting for their relationship despite troubled pasts on both sides.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “Mother’s Day is a chance to let your mum know just how much she means to you, so we at the Book People have pulled out all the stops in assembling an amazing selection of Mother’s Day books that any mum would love. To put a smile on your mum’s face this Sunday, why not pick from one of the many choices available today?”

The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other deals and one bag will be provided per book. To see the range, visit The Book People now.

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The Book People list top books for Mother’s Day 2012

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the Book People is encouraging people to buy books for the big day this year. The online bookshop sells everything from fiction written by big name authors, to popular celebrity cook books, and also has quirky reference books and celebrity autobiographies, meaning there will be something for everyone.

The Book People is one of the most popular online booksellers and stocks a wide range of genres, so choosing the ideal Mother’s Day gift from them is easy. Books can be bought from the online shop, or from through the catalogue, making it very easy to buy books for your mum this Mother’s Day.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “We’ve got thousands of books to choose from at the Book People, but we highly recommend our ‘Sophie Kinsella Writing as Madeleine Wickham Collection’, which contains three books for just £4.99.

“Wickham is an incredibly talented author and her books are full of wit and charm, while also being completely impossible to put down!”

The Book People has also recommended the ‘Katie Fforde Collection’ as a superb Mother’s Day gift. Containing 10 of the author’s best romance novels, such as ‘Stately Pursuits’, ‘Paradise Fields’ and ‘Highland Fling’, the collection is perfect for a spot of escapism and is ideal for romance fans.

For those who know that their mothers enjoy mystery fiction, the third collection in the Book People’s choice of Mother’s Day books might be of interest; the ‘Mary Stewart Collection’ comes with 10 books and is available for just £9.99 from the Book People. Stewart was first published in 1955 and is a bestselling author in the genre, and this collection includes some of her greatest works, such as ‘Madam, Will You Talk?’, ‘This Rough Magic’ and ‘The Moonspinners’.

There are also a number of fantasy fiction books on the list – the first in the True Blood series, ‘Dead Until Dark’ by Charlaine Harris, is recommended, as is ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer. The list also has a few cookbooks to choose from, such as the popular ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’ by Jamie Oliver, ‘Perfect Pies’ by Si King of the Hairy Bikers duo and‘Home Cooking Made Easy’ by Lorraine Pascale.

All of the Mother’s Day books listed on the Book People Blog, and many more, can be bought from www.thebookpeople.co.uk.

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