Canada Reads 2017: Fifteen Dogs and The Break

Martin and Associates congratulates the 2017 Canada Reads contenders and is proud to represent two of the five titles in contention for the top prize, the one book all Canadians need now: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books) and The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press).

Book of the Week: Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women

Difficult Women Roxane Gay 9780802125392 | $36.50 CAN HC | 272 Pages | Shipping Jan 3, 2017 Grove Distributed in Canada by Publishers Group Canada Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of passionate loves,…

Book of the Week: Francesca Sanna’s The Journey, Read by Trudeau

The Journey Francesca Sanna 9781909263994 | $25.95 CAN HC | 48 Pages | Available Now Flying Eye Books Distributed by Publishers Group Canada The Journey is a beautifully illustrated book with haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis. It explores the unimaginable decisions made by a family as they leave their home and everything they know to…

Book of the Week: Kakuma Girls

Kakuma Girls Clare Morneau 9781988025148 | $19.95 CAN PB | 180 Pages | Shipping Oct 3, 2016 Barlow Books Distributed in Canada by Georgetown Publications Clare Morneau, daughter of Canada’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, is only 17, but she has created an inspiring  and beautiful book for teenage girls that vividly portrays both the hardships and…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: IN BETWEEN DAYS

  When Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37, she did everything she could to turn back the clock: she became vegan, started juicing, smoking pot, burning incense, and drinking potions made of flaxseed oil and  turmeric. When she learned that the cancer was incurable and had to scale…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: GOOD PIRATE

In the follow up to Bad Pirate (May 2015, Pajama Press), Augusta Garrick is yet again out to prove that a pirate can be anything she wants. The sea pup is still under pressure to fit in, this time by abandoning her love for fancy things. After all, says her father the captain, a good…

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK: DONNA LEON

The brain behind the Comissario Brunetti is back with another case — The Waters of Eternal Youth. Brunetti has investigated everything from the salacious to petty pick pockets, but in this, the 25th novel in the celebrated series, his case may not be a case at all.   Originally born and raised in New Jersey,…

PUBLISHER OF THE WEEK: CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS

Cryonic suspension, supernatural battles in hell, witches, changelings, time travel, and even historical horror– nothing is off limits for our favourite publisher of the moment, ChiZine Publications. Born in Toronto out of the still operational (and outstanding) chizine.com in 2008 by published and celebrated husband and wife team Brett Savory and Sandra Katsuri, ChiZine Publications is…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE BUTCHER’S HOOK BY JANET ELLIS

 Anne Jaccob is coming of age in late eighteenth-century London, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Girls then were in many ways freer than their counterparts 100 years later: in the 1760s, they could at least venture out without a chaperone and spoke with a candour that would have scandalized a Victorian drawing room. But those…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: MALAIKA’S COSTUME BY NADIA HOHN & IRENE LUXBACHER

“The Caribbean and Canada; a daughter separated from her mother; the dream of a beautiful dress to show off for Carnival. This is the story beautifully recounted in Malaika’s Costume.” — CM Magazine Malaika’s Costume is a vibrant celebration of life against the odds. A young girl — whose mother is working hard to establish…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: ELLIOT BY JULIE PEARSON & MANON GAUTHIER

Elliot’s story is one that demands to be told. His family, though very loving, is not equipped to deal with his needs. When he cries, they do not understand why. When he yells, they do not know what to do. When he misbehaves, they do not know how to react. A visit from Andrew (a…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: CARRY ME BY PETER BEHRENS

From bestselling author Peter Behrens (The Law of Dreams and The O’Briens) comes a new historical novel that explores love and family against a violent backdrop as Europe staggers between the two world wars. Beginning in 1909, Carry Me tells the story of Billy Lange, the son of a horse groom living on a lush…