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…

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,…