July 25, 2017
Fanny Britt on Judy Blume, The Handmaid's Tale, & Reading Kundera Too Young
Acclaimed author, playwright, and translator Fanny Britt's Hunting Houses (House of Anansi Press) follows protagonist Tessa over just a few days, after she runs into her ex-boyfriend, who was her first ...
June 27, 2017
Jennifer Lanthier on the Magic of Reading for the First Time
Breaking up with a friend is never easy. But it's especially tough when there is an entire world on the line. Such is the dilemma young Oscar finds himself in as he pens a fiery goodbye to his best friend ...
March 14, 2017
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Christina DeRoche
Christina DeRoche and Ellie D. Berger are the editors of The Parent Track: Timing, Balance, and Choice in Academia (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which examines the intersection between parenthood ...
March 02, 2017
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Anne Fleming
The Kid thinks it might be a tiny white cloud. The rumours say it's a goat. All we know for sure is there is something up there on the roof of the NYC apartment building where the Kid has just moved with ...
January 18, 2017
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Jeremy Grimaldi
Journalist Jeremy Grimaldi had a front row seat, as a court reporter, to one of the strangest murder cases in Canadian history. When 24 year-old Jennifer Pan, outwardly a successful Scarborough student, ...
January 09, 2017
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with JonArno Lawson
JonArno Lawson The Hobo's Crowbar (Porcupine's Quill) is an infectiously rhythmic collection of children's poetry, filled to the brim with Lawson's trademark (and award-winning) whimsy and wit. The playfulness ...
November 29, 2016
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Mat Laporte
Mat Laporte's Rats Nest (BookThug) has a pretty unique protagonist - "The Kid" is self-reproducing and 3D-printed, but no less compelling for his strange origins. With him, we explore the bizarre and ...
November 02, 2016
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Katherine Ashenburg
Katherine Ashenburg's All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) gets pretty filthy, but it's still appropriate (and irresistible) for its middle grade audience, because this dirt is the ...
July 14, 2016
The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Stephen Maher
In Stephen Maher's Salvage (Dundurn Press), Phillip Scarnum thinks he's found a risky but profitable opportunity when he comes across a wrecked lobster boat and decides to haul it in for an impressive ...
June 28, 2016
The WAR Series: Writers As Readers, with Sue Sinclair
Sue Sinclair's Heaven's Thieves (Brick Books) gets right to the heart of the questions that drive us. What is beauty? What is the point of art? How are we meant to live, and how do we engage with the ...