December 03, 2020
Travel Back to Toronto in 1949 with an Excerpt from Caro Soles' Dancing with Chairs in the Music House
In Caro Soles's Dancing with Chairs in the Music House (Inanna Publications), a family's life in late 1940s Toronto takes a tragic turn. Ten-year-old Vanessa lives in a rooming house on Jarvis Street ...
April 22, 2020
It's a Long Story: Brian Van Norman on His New Novel and Class Struggle's Past and Present
While the characters of author Brian Van Norman's new historical fiction novel Against the Machine: Luddites (Guernica Editions) exist within the hardscrabble manufacturing towns of 19th century Britain, ...
April 15, 2020
It's A Long Story: Sharon Johnston on Family Connections, Confronting the Past, and Writing Her New Novel
Patchwork Society (Dundurn), the newest novel by author Sharon Johnston and the second in her Bread and Roses trilogy, takes place against the backdrop of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario during the Depression ...
February 04, 2020
"I Would Watch Icebergs Calf and Moan, Float by as If Apparitions" Read an Excerpt from Laisha Rosnau's Little Fortress
Based upon real events, award-winning author Laisha Rosnau's newest novel Little Fortress (Wolsak & Wynn) follows the journey of the Caetanis, an aristocratic Italian family who fled the rise of fascism ...
October 24, 2019
"I Knew it was One of those Moments Everyone of the Time Would Recollect" Lynne Golding on Her Wartime Novel The Beleaguered
In August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany and the First World War began. That fateful day also kicks off The Beleaguered (Blue Moon Publishers) by Lynne Golding, the second book in Golding's ...
August 28, 2019
"Mad Hatter is a Quest Novel, as Well as a Mystery" Amanda Hale on Her New Novel, Family Secrets, & Mining the Past
In 1939, the United Kingdom passed Defence Regulation 18B - a sweeping rule that allowed the indefinite internment of anyone suspected of Nazi sympathies, without charge or trial. A desperate step in ...