March 21, 2023
Murder at Sea, a Roaring 20s Romp, & an Aristocrat with a Shady Past: Read an Excerpt from The Merry Widow Murders
The last thing Lady Lucy Revelstoke—the endearing protagonist of Melodie Campbell's madcap historical mystery novel The Merry Widow Murders (Cormorant Books)—needs is anyone prying into her past.The ...
December 14, 2022
Debut Novelist Liisa Kovala on How the Finnish Concept of Sisu Informed Her Story of War, Family, and Alzheimer’s
Just months before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Soviets invaded Finland in a conflict that came to be known as The Winter War. No one expected the small country to survive the Soviet War ...
December 05, 2022
Get Some Chocolate Ready for When You Read Sandra Bradley's Cocoa Magic, a Perfectly Cozy Picture Book
Sandra Bradley's Cocoa Magic (Pajama Press, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard) is coming out at just the right time: combining a story of kindness and generosity with a fragrant chocolate shop as its homey ...
June 20, 2022
Erika Rummel on Her Austen-Inspired New Time Slip Novel That Moves from London to LA
To say that there are a lot of time travel stories is an understatement, but one thing is often starkly missing from those tech- and adventure-focused tales: the social and emotional experience of what ...
October 12, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Lesley Krueger's New Novel of Love & Time Travel, Time Squared
When you fall in love, it can almost feel like you've somehow known the person forever. But for Robin and Eleanor in Lesley Krueger's Time Squared (ECW Press), that's more than just a feeling or a ...
May 20, 2021
Toilets and the Research Iceberg : Bringing History to Life
The best and worst part of writing historical fiction is research. The best and worst part of research is that chasing every bright and shiny object – oops, I mean fact – can be so addictive that ...
March 24, 2021
"The Setting Chose Me" Lynne Golding on Her Final Love Letter to Both Brampton History & Her Family's Vibrant Stories
After spending three full books with her characters, it is a bittersweet triumph for Lynne Golding to see them off in the final instalment of her Beneath the Alders trilogy: The Mending (Blue Moon Publishers) ...
March 22, 2021
Lynne Golding Goes Behind the Scenes of Her Trilogy of Brampton Historical Novels
Lynne Golding's historical trilogy, the Beneath the Alders series, delves into Brampton history as a lens to tell universal stories while still paying homage to the small town roots of what has become ...
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, ...