Category Archives: Fiction

25. American War (Omar El Akkad)

American War is bleak.  It is depressing.  It shares a strong message that we need to change, that we need to avoid another American Civil War at all costs.  Although it is set in the United States, this country is … Continue reading

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23. Things to Do When It Is Raining (Marissa Stapley)

Sincere thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada who sent me a copy of Things to Do When It Is Raining for an honest review. This book arrived at the perfect moment, just before March Break and our trip to Myrtle … Continue reading

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22. The Boat People (Sharon Bala)

Whether or not The Boat People is crowned the 2018 Canada Reads winner, it is a book that opened my eyes and through fiction has informed me about the injustice, racism and experiences of refugees.  It is a story that … Continue reading

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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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