It’s that time of year again! The 2012 Toronto International Boat Show is upon us. This year promises to be one of the best ever, with our much expanded booth, some great boat show bargains, and a host of fascinating authors scheduled to speak and hang out at our booth.
The Nautical Mind at the Toronto Boat Show, booth G545 in the "Mariner's Marketplace"
The Boat Show will be held between Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 22nd at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. Details about hours, admission, and more are on their site here. We hope to see you at our booth, #G545.
Our booth is always packed with great deals! In addition to our listed, already massively reduced sale books, we’ll be discounting all our remaining 2012 calendars to clear stock, and offering surprise deals!
This year, we’re looking forward to reconnecting with Paul & Sheryl Shard, Liza Copeland, Barb Sprenger, Mike Evans & Jayne Finn , Abby and Zac Sunderland, and plenty of other interesting people. The seminar schedule is posted on the Boat Show’s site, here. Many of the authors will also be hanging around our booth, swapping yarns and autographing books.
We asked some of our favourite authors (many of whom have been part of the speaker’s series we used to run with Harbourfront), to tell us about their favourite nautical book. Here’s what some of them said:
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
Nigel Calder’s Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual
is definitely the most thumbed volume we have on board. It’s a must-have treasure trove of advice for the boatowner wishing to maintain his/her own boat. Written in such a readable style, it is easy to just pick it up and read about areas you are weak on—even when something isn’t broken (yet).
Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot
So many favourite nautical texts and tales … but we are particularly grateful to Rod Heikell. In 1986 he lured us to exotic Turkey, then an unknown cruising destination, with his guide Turkish Waters & Cyprus Pilot. We have never looked back and cruising Turkey’s turquoise coast (in the East Aegean) remains a favourite region to which we frequently return. Whereas most guides are purely factual, Rod also brings history and culture alive giving a unique flavor that is so helpful in both planning and living the trip—especially as, in our experience, he is always right!
The Wine-Dark Sea
The Hundred Days
Nothing I have ever read about boats and the sea rivals Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series, often called “Master and Commander.” The novels put you on the quarterdeck of an 18th-century fighting ship with all the rich details of battles, people, places. It is as close as we’ll ever come to understanding what it was like to live in that time and place.