September Events! Join Indigo's CEO and Chief Booklover Heather Reisman in Conversation with Activist and Author Maajid Nawaz, and Celebrate National Colouring Day in Store on September 26th!

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2015 /CNW/ -

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT INDIGO BOOKS & MUSIC:

From bestselling authors to the most anticipated fall releases, Indigo and Chapters stores across Canada are thrilled to announce the following FREE and exclusive events in September.

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IN CONVERSATION: CLARA HUGHES
Join host of TSN's Off the Record Michael Landsberg in conversation with one of Canada's most decorated Olympians, Clara Hughes, about her inspiring new book. Open Heart, Open Mind is a raw, honest and ultimately life-affirming story of one woman's struggle with depression. Book signing to follow.

Date and Location:
Indigo Bay & Bloor
55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: CLARA HUGHES
Meet Clara Hughes, one of Canada's most decorated Olympians, as she signs her new book, Open Heart, Open Mind. This inspiring book is a raw but life-affirming story of one woman's struggle with depression.

Dates and Locations:
Indigo Granville
2505 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Indigo Signal Hill
5570 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary, Alberta
Friday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Indigo South Edmonton Common
1837 99th Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: GRETCHEN RUBIN
Meet Gretchen Rubin, one of the most thought-provoking and inspiring writers on habits and happiness. Chat with Gretchen while she signs her widely popular titles including The Happiness ProjectHappier at Home, and her latest hit, Better Than Before.

Event Guidelines:

  • Line-up will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Individuals must have a purchased copy of Better Than Before to be in line.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Indigo Spirit or Coles location.
  • Gretchen will personalize copies of Better Than Before and will sign all other books.
  • Candid photos will be permitted with the assistance of our staff. No posed photography.

Indigo Signal Hill
5570 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary, Alberta
Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: JODY MITIC
Meet Canadian elite sniper, Ottawa city councilor and finalist in 2013's Amazing Race Canada, Jody Mitic, as he signs his memoir Unflinching that reveals his personal journey into the Canadian military and what happened after he returned home.

Date and Location:
Chapters Rideau
47 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.  

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INDIGOKIDS AND AMERICAN GIRL® PRESENT: ACTIVITY TIME
Join us for activities inspired by the stories of American Girl's newest Girl of the Year®, Grace Thomas. Call your nearest store to see if they are participating.

Dates and Locations:
Participating Indigo and Chapters locations.
Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m.

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INDIGOKIDS PRESENTS: MELANIE WATT
Meet Mélanie Watt, the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of the beloved Scaredy Squirrel and Chester series, as she shares her newest adventure, Bug in a Vacuum.

Date and Location:
Chapters Queensway
1950 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario
Saturday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: HOLLY BLACK AND CASSANDRA CLARE
Join us for a magical evening with bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare as they sign copies of their highly anticipated new book, Magisterium Book Two: The Copper Gauntlet. Be prepared to be enchanted as they answer questions about this exciting second book in the riveting five-book series.

Event Guidelines:

  • Line-up will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Individuals must have a purchased copy of a book from the Magisterium series to be in line.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Indigo Spirit or Coles location.
  • Authors will personalize ONE (1) book from the Magisterium series, and if time permits, will sign all backlist. We reserve the right to revise these rules, depending on line size and time constraints.
  • NO memorabilia or additional items will be permitted for the signing including posters, clothing, posters, other books, DVDs, CDs or any other item. Book signing only.
  • Candid photos will be permitted with the assistance of our staff. No posed photography. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY.

Date and Location:
Chapters Burnaby
Metropolis, Metrotown 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia
Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.

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IN CONVERSATION: MAAJID NAWAZ
Join Indigo's Chief Booklover, Heather Reisman, in conversation with activist and author, Maajid Nawaz, about his journey out of extremism into a new life of liberal activism as chronicled in his gripping book, Radical. Book signing to follow.

Date and Location:
Indigo Bay & Bloor
55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: MICHAEL SMITH
Join us for an exciting evening with one of Canada's most successful cookbook writers and hugely popular celebrity chef, Michael Smith. Meet Michael as he signs copies of his new cookbook, Make Ahead Meals, packed with over 100 easy and time-saving recipes to take the stress out of cooking.

Event Guidelines:

  • Line-up will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Individuals must have a purchased copy of his new cookbook, Make Ahead Meals, to be in line.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Indigo Spirit or Coles location.
  • Author will personalize copies of Make Ahead Meals and will autograph all other books if times permits.
  • Memorabilia or additional items will be permitted for the signing including aprons, posters, etc. if times permits.
  • Posed photos will be permitted with the assistance of our staff.

Date and Location:

Indigo Signal Hill
5570 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary, Alberta
Friday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m.

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INDIGOKIDS PRESENTS: PYJAMA JAM
Wear your favourite pyjamas and bring your bedtime buddy to enjoy storytime with us! Call your nearest store to see if they are participating.

Dates and Locations:
Participating Indigo and Chapters locations.
Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m.

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IN PERSON: SONIA FARUQI
From working at an investment farm to volunteering on a dairy farm, Sonia Faruqi has undergone a transformational journey and striven to become one of the most important voices in food issues today. Meet Sonia as she signs her new book, Project Animal Farm, an in-depth look at her investigation of animal farms around the world.

Date and Location:
Chapters Brampton
Market Hall, 52 Quarry Edge Drive, Brampton, Ontario
Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.

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IN PERSON: LAWRENCE HILL
Canadian novelist, essayist and memoirist Lawrence Hill will be joining us to discuss one of the most anticipated books of 2015, The Illegal, a fast moving and compelling story that casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them.

Event Guidelines:

  • Line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Individuals must have a purchased copy of The Illegal to be in line for all signings.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Indigo Spirit or Coles location.
  • Lawrence Hill will personalize copies of his new book, The Illegal, and will autograph all other books.
  • Candid photos can be taken from the line-up; posed photography will be permitted following the book signing if time permits.

Date and Location:
Indigo Burlington
1250 Brant Street #102, Burlington, Ontario
Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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EN CONVERSATION: CLARA HUGHES
L'animatrice, auteure et conférencière Marie-Claude Barrette nous présente l'une des plus grandes médaillées olympiques canadiennes,  Clara Hughes,  à l'occasion de la sortie de sa  nouvelle biographie. Cœur ouvert, esprit ouvert décrit son triomphe sur ses douleurs physiques et psychiques, ses réussites et ses luttes dans sa vie personnelle et professionnelle. Une séance de dédicace suivra.

Veuillez noter que l'entrevue lors de cet évènement se déroulera  en français.

Please note that this interview and event will take place in French.

Date and Location :
Indigo Place Montréal Trust
1500, avenue McGill College, Montréal, Québec
Le mercredi 23 Septembre à 18h

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EN PERSONNE: ANNA TODD
Rencontrez Anna Todd, phénomène du réseau social Wattpad, et auteure de la série à succès After qui met en vedette son groupe préféré, One direction. Elle dédicacera le tome 5 de la série L'éternité.   

Date and Location:
Indigo Place Montréal Trust
1500, avenue McGill College, Montréal, Québec
Le vendredi 25 Septembre à 18h

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INDIGO PRESENTS: NATIONAL COLOURING DAY
Join the colouring craze sweeping across the country! September 26th is National Colouring Day, and we're celebrating at every Indigo, Chapters, Coles and Indigo Spirit store across the country. Visit us in-store to see our huge selection of kids, teen and adult colouring books and accessories. Plus, join us on September 26th at participating IndigoKids at 10am for special storytime featuring The Day the Crayons Came Home and colouring fun! Visit indigo.ca/events for details – and don't be afraid to colour outside the lines!

Date and Locations:
All Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores
Saturday, September 26th at 10 a.m.

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INDIGOKIDS PRESENTS: LISA MCMANN, KEVIN SANDS, KEVIN SYLVESTER & KENNETH OPPEL
Meet the bestselling authors of much loved Young Reader series and discover your next favourite read as four phenomenal authors join us for a talk and Q&A followed by a signing! Featuring Lisa McMann with the sixth installment in the Unwanteds series, Island of Graves, Kevin Sands with his stunning debut, The Blackthorn Key, Kevin Sylvester with Neil Flambé and the Bard's Banquet and Kenneth Oppel with his most haunting story yet, The Nest.

Date and Location:
Indigo Yonge & Eglinton
2300 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Monday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

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INDIGOKIDS PRESENTS: DAV PILKEY
Captain Underpants is back for another epic adventure and it really stinks! Join us as bestselling and award-winning author Dav Pilkey explains why Reading Gives You Superpowers, and signs his new Captain Underpants book.

PLUS meet the one-and-only Captain Underpants himself!

Event Guidelines:

  • Line-up will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Individuals must have a purchased copy of Captain Underpants to be in line.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Indigo Spirit or Coles location.
  • Dav will sign all backlist, but due to time constraints, no memorabilia (including dolls, posters, photos, etc.).
  • Candid photos only, and no flash photography.
  • No audio or video recording of Dav Pilkey will be permitted.

Date and Location:
Chapters Oshawa
419 King Street West, Unit #1135, Oshawa, Ontario
Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m.

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IN PERSON: RACHEL MACY STAFFORD
Meet New York Times best-selling author Rachel Macy Stafford as she signs her newest book: Hands Free Life. Have the power to look back and see you didn't just manage life, you actually lived it – and lived it well. With special guest Andrea Nair.

Date and Location:
Chapters Square One
189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga, Ontario
Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.

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NEW HEATHER'S PICKS

Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover Heather Reisman is announcing two new Heather's Pick for September: This is Happy by Camilla Gibb and A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones.

In this profoundly moving memoir, Camilla Gibb, the award-winning, bestselling author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, another Heather's Pick, reveals the intensity of her grief as her family at once grows and falls apart. Gibb's memoir tells the tale of the support system she builds as a suddenly single mother, a family constituted by a small cast of resilient souls - adults broken in the way many of us are, but united in love for Gibb's child. Gibb finds new meaning and beauty in life as she looks back upon past moments of sadness and joy, alienation and belonging, to forge a promising future for her daughter, her family, and herself.  

Raw and unflinching, intelligent and humaneThis Is Happy asks the big questions and finds answers in the tender moments of the everyday.

From the author of the brilliant A Modern Way to Eat comes the second Heather's Pick for the month of September, A Modern Way to Cook. In this brilliant new collection of delicious, healthy and inspiring vegetarian recipes, Anna Jones makes clean, nourishing, vegetable-centred food that is realistic for any night of the week. Anna's new book is a truly beautiful and practical collection for anyone who wants to put dinner on the table quickly, without fuss, trips to specialty shops or too much washing up, but still strives to eat healthy food that tastes as good as it looks, and is for you.  

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INDIGO'S STAFF PICKS OF THE MONTH

Starting this month, we have rebranded our Spotlight program as Indigo's Staff Pick of the Month. If you're looking for your next favourite book, Indigo's Staff Picks program is the perfect place to start. Each month we will choose the book that Indigo employees at home office and in the field love the most, and what we think our customers will love. Click here to learn more about Indigo's Staff Pick of the Month program.

We are pleased to announce that September's Staff Pick of the Month title is The Martian by Andy Weir. The Martian is a work of fiction that centers on astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and engineer who finds himself alone on Mars after his Ares 3 mission team abandoned him when they believed he had died in a violent dust storm. Except – he survived. Watney wakes up alone on Mars, and needs to figure out how to survive on an unlivable planet in a shelter that was built to last 30 days – significantly less than the four years it would take to send a rescue mission from earth (if NASA even knew he was alive).

The book is extremely compelling, laugh-out-loud funny, causes frequent heart palpitations, and even gets a stamp of approval from Canada's (and Indigo's) favourite astronaut Chris Hadfield, who said The Martian was "a book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like 'MacGyver' meets 'Mysterious Island.'"

You'll love this book if you also loved The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, former Spotlight pick Red Rising by Pierce Brown, another former Spotlight pick Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Revenant by Michael Punke and, of course, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.

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INDIGOREADS BOOK CLUB
Join the Indigoreads Book Club on the first Thursday of every month to discuss our latest book selection. Click here for a summary of upcoming meeting dates, the books we've selected to discuss and a list of participating store locations across the country.

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#IndigoBookClub!

Starting this month, Indigo's #WorldsBiggestBookClub has transformed to #IndigoBookClub. The #IndigoBookClub calls on booklovers from all over the globe to take part in a monthly Twitter party to discuss great reads in 140 characters or less.

This month's #IndigoBookClub title is The Martian by Andy Weir, a tale about an astronaut who finds himself alone on Mars, with little more than a few supplies and a steadfast will to survive.  

Join our online discussion on Wednesday, September 30th at 7 P.M. EST. Follow @chaptersindigo and use #IndigoBookClub to take part in the Twitter party.

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