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: 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: 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: 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…