A week for writers and lit lovers

Friday, December 6, 2013

Some holiday ideas from Margaret at Northern Women's bookshop.

Excellent novels short listed for Canada Reads, 2014 are ANNABEL, by Kathleen Winter; HALF-BLOOD BLUES, by Esi Edugyan and THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD, by Margaret Atwood.
Eleanor Catton is an author suddenly coming in to prominence.  Her novel LUMINARIES won both the Governor General’s Award and the Mann Booker Prize.
Lynn Coady is this year’s Giller Prize winner for her short story collection HELL GOING,  while Lisa Moore’s CAUGHT was a finalist.

The holiday reading  I plan includes new novels by Margaret Drabble  THE PURE GOLD BABY; and Mary Lawson’s ROAD ENDS. A new Fannie Flagg, THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION also sounds fascinating.
Of local interest are Dororthea Mitchell’s LADY LUMBERJACK, a re-issue of the original 1967 publication and THE FLYING FALCONES : A Novella, by Susan Payetta (situated in the Bookstore’s neighbourhood).
SABOTAGE, is the final book in Karen Autio’s trilogy, historical fiction for children about a Finnish family in early Port Arthur.
CAMPFIRE STORIES From Northwestern Ontario by Shannon L. Robertson will be enjoyed by anyone who has sat around a northern campfire.

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