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More of the best book trailers we've seen lately

The trailer for Ben Stephenson's first novel A Matter of Life & Death or Something is fabulous, one that leaves you with that very rare thought, "If the writing is half as good as the trailer, this is probably a book worth checking out."

 

Graham Romieau's illustrations in this trailer introduce the bizarre characters ("The Incredibly Hostile Juice Box") in his new book with Douglas Coupland, Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People.

 

And while I know that you've already read Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers (who hasn't?), have you seen the trailer yet? It's pretty cool.

Kyo Maclear used vintage television footage for this trailer for her novel Stray Love.

 

Director Adam Vollick was behind this amazing trailer for Brad Smith's new novel Red Means Run.

 

And for more in atmospheric trailers, check out this one for Eva Stachniak's bestselling The Winter Palace.

 

Picture book authors have a definite advantage when it comes to book trailers, their books' visual elements usually working as effectively in film as they do on the page.

The trailer for Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault's Virginia Wolf is absolutely stunning, and the book itself doesn't disappoint either.

Fred Rix's illustrations are animated and amusing in this trailer for the award-winning How to Build Your Own Country, written by Valerie Wyatt.

In this gorgeous trailer, author illustrator Barbara Reid presents her latest book, Picture a Tree, which has just been nominated for a Canadian Library Association 2012 …

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On the Insidious Absence of Stories, and Bridging Ethnic Solitudes: Guest Post by Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak's debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. The Winter Palace, a novel of Catherine the Great will be published in January of 2012 in Canada, U.S., U.K., Holland, and Poland. She lives in Toronto where she is at work on her next novel about Catherine the Great.

I’m Canadian and I’m Polish. I have two internal voices in two languages that have become indelible parts of myself. I’m a North American and a European, for both cultural traditions have shaped me and both demand that I listen to their arguments. To complicate it further, I was born in Eastern or New Europe, as the lands from behind the former Iron Curtain are often called, in what Timothy Snyder, the Princeton historian of 20th century atrocities, calls the bloodlands.

I am also a writer.

Two decades ago I started writing about Polish immigrants to Canada who, like me, arrived here in the aftermath of the Solidarity crisis in search of a home. I wrote in English, not only because I was a graduate student of English at McGill, but also because English allowed me to tell these Polish stories to readers who did not share my ethnic background.

The characters of these early stories are forced to re-examine their heritage. Having left their hom …

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