Category Archives: Fiction

Alison Pick: Grimsby Author Series

“Fiction is about empathy, about imagining ourselves in a different world”. The November session of the Grimsby Author Series included novelist and poet, Alison Pick.  She joined to  speak about her latest book, Strangers with the Same Dream.  Described by … Continue reading

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Kristin Hannah

Freezing rain warnings, slush and even the wrong location did not stop Kim and I from meeting Kristin Hannah.  Despite the weather, the room was full of avid readers, keen to hear her speak about her newest novel, The Great … Continue reading

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9. The Book of Eve (Constance Beresford-Howe)

In a time of #metoo, as the media highlights far too many stories of abuse, misogyny and inappropriate behaviour, it is interesting to read a book first published in 1973 and reflect that, in many ways, not much has changed. … Continue reading

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7. The Leisure Seeker (Michael Zadoorian)

I learned about The Leisure Seeker reading the CBC list of books becoming movies in 2018.   The novel was written by Detroit author, Michael Zadoorian, shared the journey of an elderly couple who kidnapped themselves and headed on a … Continue reading

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Robyn Harding: Different Drummer Books/Book Club

It has been a pleasure to spend two evenings with Robyn Harding, author of The Party.  The first was in December, at Little Drummer books, and was an intimate book event with Robyn Harding and Roz Nay.  The second was, via … Continue reading

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3. The Last Neanderthal (Claire Cameron)

I have had The Last Neanderthal on my TBR shelf for far too long!  I was so lucky to win an advanced reader copy through Goodreads.  Why has it been sitting on my shelf so long?   I delayed reading … Continue reading

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2. Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)

A special birthday celebration was held for Mr. Hosokawa, a rich business man.  He had been flown to an unnamed South American country,  from Japan, to experience the singing of Roxanne Coss, his favourite Opera singer.  The leaders hoped that … Continue reading

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106. The Manticore (Robertson Davies)

The Manticore was my final book of 2017 and the final read for my 2017 CanadianContent BINGO card.  It fulfilled the square of a Canadian book published in my birth year (eek… 1972 for those who were wondering). The week … Continue reading

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87. Outline (Rachel Cusk)

In preparation to read Transit (as part of my Giller short-list reading), I chose to read Outline, the the first book of what will be a trilogy.  It is a unique book, that reads like a series of linked short stories … Continue reading

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86. Smile (Roddy Doyle)

Thank you to Knopf Canada for providing an advanced reader copy of Smile, through a Goodreads Giveaway.  This is an honest review. Smile tells the story of Victor, a lonely man who spends his evenings in a local pub.  His … Continue reading

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