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,…

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…

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: MRS. ENGELS

As the old adage goes, “behind every great man is an even better woman,” and this is the story that first-time novelist, Gavin McCrea tells us in Mrs. Engels. Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. The daughter of Communist Manifesto co-author…

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: 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…