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).

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,…

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: 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: 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 WEEK: THE VINTAGE GUIDE TO LOVE AND ROMANCE

It’s very rare when a fiction title captures the hearts of all of us here at Martin & Associates as well as our good friends at PGC. Simply put, we LOVE LOVE LOVE The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood! This smart and sassy story is the first in a series that…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: SINS OF THE MOTHER

Pan Macmillan has a NEW bestseller this week! The Sins of the Mother by Irene Kelly follows in the footsteps of previous misery memoirs such as 2013’s My Secret Sister (9781447228875) and the Globe and Mail bestselling The Midwife’s Sister (9781447282648). This genre continues to knock it out of the park and hit readers right in the…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: NIGHT MOVES

Richard Van Camp is the whole package: a critical darling who is also beloved amongst readers and booksellers. His 1996 novel, The Lesser Blessed was a critically acclaimed coming of age story about Larry, a member of Dogrib (Ticho) Nation living in the Northwest Territories years after he murders his sexually abusive father. Now entering high…

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK: VALERIA LUISELLI

Born in Mexico City, raised in South Africa and now living in New York City, Valeria Luiselli has been hailed by London’s Daily Telegraph as “an extraordinary new literary talent.” Her work, which has been widely translated, has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s, and her debut novel, Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press, 2014) was…