Holiday Recommendations: Day Three

If gift-buying stress is getting you down, we’re here for you with three more recommendations for the readers in your life. Read on, and get thee to a bookstore! Bronte’s Pick: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove/Atlantic, 9780802127358) Perfect for: lovers of international literature and dramatic reads One of the most anticipated and best reviewed novels…

Holiday Recommendations: Day One

The holidays are coming up fast, and if you’re anything like us, you’re swamped. Never fear! Martin and Associates is here with our favourite books of 2018 to help you hone in on the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Grab them all in one trip to your favourite local indie bookstore, and you’ve…

Author of the week: Roxane Gay

Author, social critic, and prolific feminist Roxane Gay will be making an appearance at McGill University as part of the 2018 Beatty Memorial Lecture Series. Gay’s body of work includes novels, essays, short story collections, and a memoir—all of it powerful and poignant explorations of our culture and society today. She often explores her Haitian…

Holiday Recommendations – Margot’s Picks

Last but most certainly not least, we have Margot’s picks for the season. The holidays are coming up quickly, so don’t overthink it—let Margot do the deciding for you! Here’s what she thinks will make a good gift: Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri Enchanted Lion Books // 9781592702381 // $27.50 This beautiful and simple story…

Holiday Recommendations – Michael’s Picks

Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life? We’ve got some recommendations! Here are Michael’s top three picks for the season: Montreal Noir Akashic Books // 9781617753459 // $22.95 “Fifteen of Quebec and English Canada’s finest crime writers paint Montreal’s famous neighbourhoods with a textured and slightly sinister brush. These short stories are…

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 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: 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: THE COMEDIANS

Kliph Nesteroff has friends in high places. After working in comedy for eight years, he has Andy Richter, Norm Macdonald and Steve Martin chomping at the bit to read his upcoming book published by Grove/Atlantic, The Comedians. Unlike other history books dealing with celebrity in which the subjects dispute and distance themselves from the facts presented, Nesteroff…