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Book Review :: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Victoria (BC, Canada) author Esi Edugyan was already getting all kinds of award nods for her second novel, Half-Blood Blues, when I finally picked it up. It locally won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes, and… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Monoceros by Suzette Mayr

Monoceros by Suzette Mayr is an emotional novel of incredible relevance, especially to families, schools, and adults trying to navigate the waters of today’s youth. A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his… Continue Reading →

Autumn Book Award Season is Upon Us

Just a quick Newsy Bits post for those interested in Canadian publishing. I love watching the awards unfold and seeing the difference even a longlist nomination can make for an author and the publisher. Rogers Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

“[Giller] judges said the novel “charts the painful search by a dutiful daughter to learn – and more importantly to learn to understand – the multi-layered truth which lies at the moral core of her dying father’s life”.” wrote The… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt is being credited with “reinventing the Western genre”, however The Sisters Brothers didn’t really feel like a traditional Western to me. In fact, it didn’t have to take place in a Western setting at all—the horses, the guns,… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott

The Little Shadows will be published on September 27, 2011 but is already receiving a ton of buzz (including the Giller longlist Reader’s Choice). And I have to say that the praise is well-warranted. Gentle prose, quiet plot, and enticing… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner

Zsuzsi Gartner’s writing is witty, wry, satirical, and very intelligent. In her book of short stories, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, Gartner scrutinizes everyone. From the real estate agent in her Hummer to the homeless person getting publicly funded plastic… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards

I was having difficulty putting my thoughts and feelings into words when it comes to Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards. It’s a darkly depressing book but weaves a tale that really makes you feel compassionate towards the… Continue Reading →

Literary Award Season is Upon Us

It’s a very exciting time for book people this time of year. All the major prizes are announcing their long lists, or shortlists, or winners. Lots of great book chatter happening. I’ll sum things up as best I can. In… Continue Reading →

Book Awards Galore!

The BC Book Prizes announced the 2010 Finalists on Thursday, March 11. Yes, this is self-promo since I work with the BC Book Prizes, but I really believe in what we do so I don’t care! There are some great… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott is one of the contending titles for Canada Reads 2010. The Canada Reads website has my favourite synopsis: Marina Endicott’s compelling novel Good to a Fault begins with a bang — two cars… Continue Reading →

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