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…

PUBLISHER OF THE WEEK: TIGER TALES BOOKS

One of the newest publishers to our stable already packed with the best of the best is actually an old fan favourite– Tiger Tales Books! Since 2000, Tiger Tales has been publishing high-quality, affordably priced books for babies and kids. Some of their picture books are already well known and loved (like Augustus and His Smile,…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: WASTE BY ANDREW F. SULLIVAN

Larkhill, Ontario. 1989. A city on the brink of utter economic collapse. On the brink of violence. Driving home one night, unlikely passengers Jamie Garrison and Moses Moon hit a lion at fifty miles an hour. Both men stumble away from the freak accident unharmed, but neither reports the bizarre incident. Haunted by the dead…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: CLEARING EMOTIONAL CLUTTER

While books like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up encourage us to take each object in our increasingly small and smaller homes up into our hands, consider its benefits and usefulness, measure the amount of pure joy we feel while gazing upon our toilet plungers, very little stock is placed on doing the same…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: KISS, KISS

Sweet, simple, and sized just right for little hands, Kiss, Kiss is great for storytime snuggling around the love-liest holiday of the year. In musical language translated from Jennifer Couëlle’s sublime French text, this book celebrates the sweet gesture as a small child experiences it: in a parent’s snug goodnight, a baby’s sticky smooch, and…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CORE OF THE SUN

Fairly new to Canadian audiences, Johanna Sinisalo is sure to become a beloved speculative fiction writer alongside the likes of Margaret Atwood, Nalo Hopkinson and Octavia Butler. In The Core of the Sun, Sinisalo recreates Finland in her terrifyingly ‘eusistocratic’ vision where the health of citizens eclipses all of their other rights. It is truly…

BOOK OF THE DAY: THE PRINCELING OF NANJING

The ninth instalment in the ever popular Ava Lee detective series, picks right up where readers were left off in The King of Shanghai. Back in Shanghai again after her introduction to the Triad Societies and the gang warfare that ensued, Ava is trying to maintain a lower profile. Attending a glitzy fashion gala with her…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: LINGO

There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today (not including Klingon, Elvish or my personal favourite, Ewokese), and many of us are either fluent in a few or can toss bits and pieces of a variety into our everyday mother tongues. That number is a bit astounding, especially when you consider that language…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: MARGUERITE’S CHRISTMAS

A touching portrait of aging and what it means to be alone during the holidays, Marguerite’s Christmas is sure to become a modern classic– and it also might make you cry. As with the best stories in this genre, Marguerite’s Christmas is a simple one that pulls and tugs at your heartstrings, and in turn,…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: NO FLASH, PLEASE!

Imagine yourself in a Toronto club in the mid-80s watching a band with a funny name, the musicians battering their instruments (sometimes literally into smithereens) while the vocals vacillate between careening and hacking out of the singer’s mouth. It’s smoky, dirty, and, well, grungy in there, but you’re hooked. You make a mental note to…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: TOUGH GUYS HAVE FEELINGS TOO

Even though gender roles and norms have become less rigid in recent years, there is still a lot to be said for how much emotion the average Joe (or Matt or Eric or Justin) is “allowed” to show. Boys, although their wardrobe and occupational choices may have changed, are still largely relegated to keeping their…