Category Archives: Canada Reads

22. Nostalgia (M.G. Vassanji)

“In our bid to outpace age and defy death, we leap from one life into another, be it imperfectly, and hope fervently – in the manner of acknowledged sinners – that the past does not catch up with us.  But … Continue reading

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20. Company Town (Madeline Ashby)

As the 2017 Canada Reads debates approach, I will be reading all 5 books.  Company Town, by Madeline Ashby,  was the first of the contenders and being honest, if it were not for the debates, this would not typically be the kind … Continue reading

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Canada Reads 2017

What a great time of year for readers who have been waiting for the Canada Reads list to be announced!  This year’s theme is “What is the one book that Canadian’s need now”? Who is going to join me in … Continue reading

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77. Away (Jane Urquhart)

Away is the story of Esther who is reflecting on family history while she is losing her family homestead to the progress of a quarry.  The historic tale begins when an Irish girl named Mary discovers a sailor clinging to life … Continue reading

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52. Indian Horse (Richard Wagamese)

“Books had been my safe place all the time I’d been in the school and they still represented security, and whatever corner I huddled in to read was a safe one to me” After finishing The Medicine Walk by Richard … Continue reading

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Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Writers Event

Joseph Boyden hosted an wonderful event to celebrate the writing of esteemed author’s Thomas King and Lee Maracle.  The event took place at the Toronto Reference Library’s Appel Salon and was certainly worth the trip to Toronto!  The event was … Continue reading

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38. And the Birds Rained Down (Jocelyne Saucier)

And the Birds Rained Down is a thought-provoking, reflective story of aging, autonomy and choice.  It shares the intimacy of friendship and the support necessary for living in the wilderness. The novel was originally written in French and then translated into English.  It was … Continue reading

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Writing Event: Michael Winter

“It is really satisfying to make something of the raw material of your life” Michael Winter was a striking presence and he balanced practical writing tips with humour  and interesting anecdotes at Hamilton’s Grit Lit festival.  Approximately 20 individuals enjoyed his … Continue reading

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26. lullabies for little criminals (Heather O’Neill)

Inspired by Canada Reads 2016, I reviewed past Canada Reads winners and chose Lullabies for Little Criminals (2007 Canada Reads winner) which had also been recommended by a friend.  Still feeling under the weather, I spent most of the day reading the … Continue reading

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Canada Reads Wrap Up

Canada Reads 2016 had an amazing short-list of novels and a fantastic group of dedicated defenders.  The focus for Canada Reads 2016 was starting over and was my first year reading all of the short-list.   Although each novel had the same … Continue reading

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