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(By Sophie Vaillancourt)

I don’t know if most of you guys are aware, but I work for the biggest book company in Canada: Indigo books & music. At the beginning of the month of June, our CEO, Heather Reisman, went on tour and stopped in each major area of the country. The last stop, but in no way the least, was Montreal. So last week of June, we were gathered at the Scotiabank Theatre on Saint Catherine Street for an official meeting with our CEO. How many of you can say that they’ve met theirs? Not many, right? That’s what I thought.

Anyways. We’re sitting in the theatre, eager to know what this meeting’s all about. And then she appears on the stage, in a cute lilac dress, high heels on, perfect blonde hair. Heather Reisman is really a beautiful woman. And the more I look at her, the more I see it. She is the Indigo brand.

So we’re listening to this woman who has her face everywhere within the company. I’m sitting in the back row thinking : that’s the woman who built the most profitable book company in the country. She is, from now on, my idol. I will do whatever I can to resemble her, professionally speaking that is. That’s when it became clear in my mind that I wanted to be a businesswoman and not an employee anymore. It became clear that I wanted to be a leader, to be someone people look up to.

Mrs. Reisman showed a leadership that was so contagious that I’m sure every person in the room that day thought the same way I did. Everything that woman said made all of it sound so easy. I guess when you have the right team, it is easy.

Truth is, it is not a simple thing to start, or even take back, a company. I’m not telling you anything new here. But listening to that woman was inspiring in a way I didn’t think was possible. Her speech raised my hopes. Hope that, one day, I’ll have my own publishing company. Hope that I’ll be able to help emerging authors be published.

I’m quite far from that objective, though. I’m only 23, no experience in editing, no contacts, no money to invest… How could that possibly work out for me? I have no idea if my dream will come true one day, but I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.

I will probably need your help at one point, people. I’ll need your honesty, your needs, your desires. You will probably be the readers that will buy the books I’ll publish. I want to listen to my readers as much as my writers. Will you be there to help? I hope so.
Till then, wait for me.

By the way, I rode down the escalator with her and talked to her a little. She really is a lovely person!


Review : Sentinels of the Multiverse (Board game)

(By Alexandre Poirier)

Hell, it’s about time!

I’ve been writing for Jestermind since last November. The last time I wrote anything board game-related, it was snowing outside. Well, this doesn’t mean much since we still had snow a month ago. To be a little more specific, I published my top 10 english board games just before Christmas. It’s both a pity and a shame because, as of January, I’m supposed to be the coordinator of the comic book and board game departments. To repay my debts towards you, dear readers, I shall kill two birds with one stone. You heard me right : tonight’s review is about a board game set in the world of comic book superheroes. Got your attention, my fellow sidekicks? In that case, welcome to astonishing macrocosm of Sentinels of the Multiverse! Continuer la lecture de Review : Sentinels of the Multiverse (Board game)

Review : Roadside Picnic (Novel)

(By Samuel Bourassa)

People whom I see daily pretty much all know that I deeply enjoy science-fiction and specifically one of its sub-genres, post-apocalyptic. As recent video games like Metro 2033, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise and everything that relates to slavic science-fiction captivates me, this genre is also present in all shapes of art. It is very interesting to investigate the genealogy of literature’s genres and sub-genres. Continuer la lecture de Review : Roadside Picnic (Novel)

One of a kind

(By Mimi)

My name is Thomas. I am 8 years old.

I go to school every day of the week. In my class, I tend to jump around and spin because I like it. My teacher believes I have the potential to write, talk, play and do beautiful things like every other kid.  I like to do puzzles. I like to sort objects by their shape and color. I can actually do that all day long and I get mad when my teacher takes them away. My favorite color is blue. Continuer la lecture de One of a kind

News : FTL : Faster Than Light expansion announced (Video Game).

(By Samuel Bourassa)

The surprisingly successful indie game from Subset Games, Faster than Light, has been played by thousands of players from the world since its release in September 2012. No doubt that the total number of hours spent on the game is overwhelming, although Subset Games doesn’t seem to care as they just released some details for the Faster than Light expansion pack they announced a few months ago. Continuer la lecture de News : FTL : Faster Than Light expansion announced (Video Game).

Review : Thief (Video game)

(By Joannie Leblanc)

I am a big fan of the Thief/Dark Project franchise. Those games are part the reasons why I’m studying video game creation. Everything in those games are amazing: the dark ambiance they put you in, like if you are a master of the shadow, the greed you have by trying to get 100% of the loot, the fun you have by creating a diversion to escape from the guards… They force you to think about every possible strategy to enter a building and discover every secret. So far I’ve finished the Thief series a multiple of times, a 100% complete without getting spotted or having to knock out anyone, and I was very happy when I learned that Thief 3 would have a sequel. Thief 4 was very fun to play, and the graphics were amazing, but a few things were missing, and I hope to see those things in a Thief 5. Here is my full review of Thief 4, playing on Master difficulty, ghost gameplay… Continuer la lecture de Review : Thief (Video game)

Lindsay Lohan: The Fighter

(By Alexandre Lacas)

Last night marked the series premiere of Lindsay on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). This docu-series produced by media queen Oprah Winfrey and directed by Emmy award winner Amy Rice follows the footsteps of recovering alcoholic, actress, and singer Lindsay Lohan as she tries to rebuild what she once upon a time had: a career, a stable life and her sanity. Continuer la lecture de Lindsay Lohan: The Fighter