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Three Years of Lunching!

13 Mar


This year of lunching brought some amazing experiences, like my behind-the-scenes tour of the dinosaur exhibit at the ROM (still one of the best days OF MY LIFE!) and a lunch that I will treasure forever with my wonderful Nonna, who is turning 90 next week! It was also the year of my most embarrassing lunch experience when I forgot my wallet and my gracious guest had to pick-up the check. I had the chance to meet a writer that I really admire when I lunched with Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders, learn more about my new neighbourhood with a lunch with my MP Andrew Cash and re-connect with one of my favourite professors from university, Dr. Dennis Denisoff.

The biggest Lunch with Mary development from the past year is that my blog is now also featured on the Huffington Post! I still can’t believe it sometimes. This lunching thing has been a crazy ride!

At the end of each blogging year, I always need to thank the very generous folks who take time out of their busy lives to have lunch with me. And this past year, I was so privileged to have so many amazing lunch guests. So a big thank you to:

· Doug Grant

· Dr. David Evans

· Noah Cowan

· Doug Saunders

· Dr. Dennis Denisoff

· Mike Landry

· Andrew Cash

· Ida Pollarolo

· Lynne Missen

· Dr. Ian Burton

· Andrew Stoeten

I just hope that I will be able to continue to lunch with such incredible people, who teach me so much about the work they do and the world we live in. The provocative and thought-provoking lunch conversations stay with me and keep me thinking long after the meal is finished. I highly recommend lunching with strangers. This blog has been the greatest learning experience of my life. Here’s to many more years of lunching!

Thank you for reading.

Contest – Win FREE BOOKS!

6 Oct


Exciting times! My very first Lunch with Mary contest. My most recent lunch guest Lynne Missen, publishing director, Penguin Canada, has generously sent me a selection of young adult novels and I am giving them away! Two of these books are Advance Reader’s Copies meaning they aren’t yet available in stores. Here is a quick overview of the books:

Playground by 50 Cent – Inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, Playground is a hard-hitting and inspirational story of the redemption of a bully. Advance copy, it will be available in stores in November 2011. Young adult novel BY 50 CENT! Need I say more?

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an American Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. This book is also an advance copy and will be available in stores in November 2011.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes – and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis – Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends – and planet – behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake up on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to murder her. Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense.

How to enter
Please leave a comment on this post saying which book you’re most excited to read. Contest closes Friday, October 28th at 11:59 p.m. A winner will then be selected using an online random number generator. Contest open to Canadian residents only. One entry per person.