All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - Review - CanLit

It was really hard to pick up a new book after reading Death’s End by Cixin Liu. I was just completely blown away by the monumental brilliance of the whole Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (if you don’t know what…

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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang - Review

Dragon Springs Road, published this January, sets the bar very high for 2017’s Canadian literature. This second novel by Janie Chang is a unique, beautiful, human, and insightful novel. Set near Shanghai, China, in the early 20th century, Dragon Springs…

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Wayworn Wooden Floors by Mark Lavorato - Review

Poetry. Rhymes, verses, literary devices, cryptic meaning, my school-year headaches. When I was a student, I figured poems were pretentious pieces of literature meant to be deciphered, mainly to produce a decent essay. To me, poetry were mostly obscure and…

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Annabel by Kathleen Winter - Review

We are in 1968. A small coastal village of Labrador sees the birth of a baby with ambiguous sexual traits. At the hospital, it’s a mere ruler who decides upon the infant’s fate: “Penis size at birth is the primary…

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Most Anticipated Book List

So many books, so little time… My resolution this year is to try to organize my to-read list in such a way that I might actually read what I want. That is: 2017’s new Canadian fictions. In order to achieve…

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - CanLit

Until now, we’ve died. Until now. In 1865, Ireland is still numb from the Great Famine that killed a million people and drove as many out of their cherished island. Unspeakable grief and starvation weighed on Irish people’s spirit for…

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby - Canadian SciFi - Review

Company Town‘s gorgeous cover caught my attention two years before the book was even released (says GoodReads). It beautifully represents the book, which takes place in a near-future town-size oil rig off the shores of Newfoundland. After a fire which…

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Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin - Review

After a moment, all he managed to say was bad things happen. It meant nothing to me, but he seemed to be satisfied with it, like that explained everything. Picture FML raised to the literary level: this is Bad Things…

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Creatures of the Rock by Andrew Peacock - review

Recently, memoirs have been all I wanted to read. After reading A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold, the mother of a teenaged mass-shooting perpetrator, and The Education of Augie Merasty, a residential school memoir, I decided for something a bit…

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