Trent McClellan, a man’s man, reads books by women

As most of you know, February was crowned this year’s winner of Canada Reads: Turf Wars. As championed brilliantly by Trent McClellan, February was chosen as the book that all Canadians should read in 2013, and that made me pretty darn happy. I simply adored the book. I found Moore’s writing haunting, simple, and so…

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I love Canadian books. I love to read. Here you’ll find a collection of posts about reading, publishing, or literary events in general. Some are reviews, some musings.

My thoughts on this year’s Canada Reads

I voted for: BC & Yukon: The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou Prairies & North: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay Ontario: Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright Quebec: Ru by Kim Thuy Atlantic: (THIS WAS TOO HARD.) February by Lisa Moore It was a toss up between “Come, Thou Tortoise” by Jessica Grant,…

The Miracle of a Not-So-Ordinary Woman

Bill Gaston describes Amanda Leduc’s THE MIRACLES OF ORDINARY MEN as “A novel with infinite heart.” The title of the novel is full of beauty and depth, and so is the novel itself. But first, let me tell you about Amanda. This, is Amanda Leduc. You may know her from that photo where we were…

On Bare it For Books Press: The Good, the Bad and the Interesting

TO PRE-ORDER THE CALENDAR, CLICK HERE. So, the Bare it For Books launch has happened. It happened on February 19th, with me waking up every 30 minutes between 4am and 6am convinced that I had already gotten up, gone to get the National Post, and not found an article on the campaign. Clearly I was…

My Interview with Charlotte Gray

“But I do not fabricate. I imagine, but I do not invent. I do not make up characters, events or dialogue – anything in quotation marks comes from a written source.” – Charlotte Gray Last week, I was lucky enough to get to sit down with my favourite creative non-fiction author. Too specific? Let me…

An average week: Wednesday/Thursday

So sadly, I was sick yesterday. Because I was sick, I had no energy to post (boo) and so I’ve decided that it’s best to make Wednesday and Thursday one post. Wednesday 6:00am – 8:45am Wake up, do the Tuesday post, realize I don’t feel great, cross fingers. 9:00am – 10:30am Because I knew I…

Review: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

This year, as most of you know, Canada Reads has divvied up our true north strong and free into 5 regions: B.C. and Yukon, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic, and Prairies and North. Yes, Prairies and North. The team at CBC Books is fabulous, and I don’t doubt that they put a lot of thought into these…

An average week

Yes, this is a Canadian, literary blog. Having said that, I want to track the way I spend my time for a week as I feel that it would be an interesting exercise. I also have friends and family laugh when I say I’ve offered to get involved in yet another “extra curricular” claiming I…

Review: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

I don’t know what brought this about, but lately I can’t get enough of Canadian Aboriginal history. I think it started with Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Then, I read Through Black Spruce, and it changed things for me. I can’t explain it other than by saying that it suddenly made me piece together…

The Canada Reads Finalists and a Challenge

Anyone remotely interested in Canada Reads or my blog is someone that probably already knows the final five books chosen by the now revealed panelists, but here’s that fabulous list again: BC and Yukon Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese. Defended by Carol Huynh (pronounced “win” which I find a little too convenient). Prairies and North…