Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Simon & Schuster Canada Blogger Meet Recap - An Intimate Evening of Book Talk

On the evening of Thursday February 11th, Five bloggers (including myself, Ardo, Tiff, Jen, and Juhina) were invited to visit the Simon & Schuster Canada offices for an evening of bookish talk about highly anticipated upcoming YA titles, coffee and treats.  Despite the plummeting temperatures that evening (what gives, Canadian weather?!) , we were all highly anticipating what the wonderful ladies at S&S had in store for us.

Making our way into the office, we were directed into the boardroom where a table full of treats (both bookish and edible) were waiting for us, along with a welcome packet filled with all the titles we'd be discussing.  Jackie and Andrea began the night with introductions followed by a nifty presentation on each upcoming title, most of which included fun videos from the authors themselves!

2016 Highly Anticipated Young Adult Novels:

The Misadventures of Max Grumbly - Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell
- Publication date is June 7th, 2016
- Middle Grade/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell , Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce, and Diary of a Whimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

OCDaniel by Wesley King
- Publication date is April 12th, 2016
- Middle Grade/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- Also by Wesley King: The Incedible Space Raiders from Space

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
- Publicaton date is June 7th, 2016
- Young Adult/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and Saint Anything by Sarah Desen

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
- Publication date is March 22nd, 2016
- Young Adult/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, and 1000 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Book Launch is March 30th, 2016 at 6PM at the Dora Keogh (Cherry St)

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
- Publication date is March 22nd, 2016
- Young Adult/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- Publication date is May 3rd, 2016
- Young Adult/Contemporary
- Comp titles: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- Publication date is March 8th, 2016
- Young Adult/Fantasy
- Comp titles: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

More Upcoming Middle Grade and Young Adult Titles

-The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

The evening was absolutely wonderful! It was great finally having the opportunity to visit the offices of Simon & Schuster Canada, and gather around and chat about all the amazing books coming out later this year. I'm most definitely looking forward to more events like this from S&S Canada in the future. Thank you, ladies, for all the hard work you put into this gathering, and for making us feel warm and welcome on such a cold evening!

Bookish Haul


  1. Great recap and jealous over Lady Midnight!

  2. This sounds like it was a lot of fun
    Thanks for recapping for us.

  3. There's so many books I'm looking forward to reading from your list.

  4. It must have been so exciting! I'm jealous about all the goods you came home with, too ;)