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Books: August 2012 Archives

Stress, Part 1: driving ourselves NUTS

Well-stressed.jpgEarlier this season, we spoke with Dr Sonia Lupien about her new book "Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic." There was so much more to talk about that we've invited her back.

Dr Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal, which combines research with public outreach. She's also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal.

In 2003 she was voted one of the Top 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference by MacLean's Magazine.

Benoit Aubin wrote this about her:
"In the rarefied circles of research on how hormones can affect the brain and influence our behaviour, health and happiness -- that's psycho-neuro-endocrinology -- Lupien is a star.

She has established clinically to international acclaim what many of us know intuitively: stress can make us sick."

Over the next few weeks, we're going to ask her about how we can figure out what stresses us and what to do about chronic stress so that it doesn't end up making us sick. Today, she tells Sonali Karnick about her NUTS formula.

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Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery

Louise Penny with Elizabeth Robertson.JPGLast week, we had the opportunity to meet with award-winning author Louise Penny at her home in Sutton.
She welcomed us into the small cottage she uses as an office to talk about her new movie and the new book that comes out next week.

(You can still listen to what she said about the upcoming CBC movie Still Life - it's also posted on our website.)

This week, Louise tells us about her novel The Beautiful Mystery.
It's the eighth in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series.

Most - but not all - of the series is set in the fictional town of Three Pines in the Townships. This time evil is afoot in a remote monastery.

The monks who live there-- the Gilbertines-- have very little contact with the outside world. They devote their lives to prayer and Gregorian chant. In fact, their singing is so beautiful and mesmerizing that when they finally release a recording of it, they become a world-wide sensation. The Beautiful Mystery.jpg

Then one of the monks-- the choir-master-- is found brutally murdered. And that's where Chief Inspector Armand Gamache comes in.

Here's Part Two of our conversation with Louise Penny...

 (Louise Penny's new novel will be launched on Saturday, August 25th in Knowlton.)

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Brome Lake Books launches The Beautiful Mystery

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The Beautiful Mystery is the eighth mystery in the Chief Inspector Gamache series written by Louise Penny. The series has won Louise a number of big awards and landed her on the New York Times bestseller list.

But when she launches her books, she always goes back home to the Townships, where the novels are set. So The Beautiful Mystery will be given its send-off next Saturday in Knowlton, as always. 

Vive Gamache mug.JPGLucy Hoblyn and Danny McAuley (photo, above), the owners of Brome Lake Books, have launched all the Gamache books. I dropped by the bookstore last week to talk with them about what the mystery series has meant to them - and about the people who come to the store searching for the fictional town of Three Pines.

Lucy started out by showing me the Louise Penny merchandise -- from the signed book plates and calendar to the Vive Gamache! café au lait mugs....

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