Holiday Recommendations – Bronte’s Picks

Gift-giving season is in full swing, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve got plenty of people in your life who want nothing more than a new book under the tree. Here are Bronte’s recommendations from this year’s incredible roster of reads: The Night Lion by Sanne Dufft Pajama Press // 9781772780413 // $17.95 A simple…

Book of the Week: The World’s Biggest Fart

The World’s Biggest Fart Rafael Ordonez Cuadrado, illustrated by Laure du Fay 9788494597145 | $24.50 CAD CL | 38 pp. | Available Now Nube Ocho, distributed by Publisher’s Group Canada   A farting contest…between animals…in the jungle. This is the foundation for The World’s Biggest Fart, published in English and Spanish (El Pedo Más Grande del…

Book of the Week: Montreal Noir

Montreal Noir Edited by John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi 9781617753459 | $22.95 CAD PB | 320 pp. | Available Now Akashic Books, distributed by Publisher’s Group Canada With reviews in the Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire, it’s easy to say that Montreal Noir is hitting the right spots. This collection of fifteen short stories is…

Book of the week: Bad Endings

Bad Endings Carleigh Baker 9781772140767 | $18.00 CAD PB | 168 pp. | Available Now Anvil Press Publishers, distributed by Publisher’s Group Canada Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award Finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Not all stories end perfectly, and not all revelations are good ones. Carleigh Baker tackles these…

Book of the Week: Minds of Winter

Minds of Winter Ed O’Loughlin 9781487002343 | $22.95 CAD PB | 496 pages | Available Now House of Anansi Press Shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Minds of Winter has gotten more and more press lately, and rightly so—shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize,…

Book of the Week: A Kind of Freedom

A Kind of Freedom Margaret Wilkerson Sexton 9781619029224 | $37.50 CAD HC | 256 pages | Available Now Counterpoint Press Distributed by Publisher’s Group Canada 2017 National Book Award Longlist A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Chosen as 1 of 12 books to read this August by the Chicago Review of Books Chosen…

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…