The Dogs by Allan Stratton

Hey there readers,

Allan Stratton's new YA novel, The DogsIt’s hot and stormy out and there’s nothing better to read poolside (or lakeside!) than a little summer suspense. Check out The Dogs by Allan Stratton, an award-winning Canadian writer who will be in Winnipeg this September for Thin Air 2015, the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival!

I’ll be partnering with the festival this year to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on, what to read, and what events to check out, so keep your eyes on the blog for more updates as we get closer to the festival. I’ll also be posting regular features on the Thin Air website (like this one on The Dogs), so be sure to check out their website frequently. Big names are coming to the festival this September (including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes!) – you won’t want to miss it.

To prepare for TA2015, check out the newly released Summer Reading List. Even though I’m still chipping away at Jeff Rubin’s super-relevant The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts, and just started S.E. Grove’s The Golden Specific (the follow up to Grove’s amazing first novel The Glass Sentence – trust me, even though you’ll find these babies in the 9-12 section, these books are entertaining and sophisticated enough for all ages to enjoy!), I’m also about to dig into Méira Cook’s Nightwatching, out now and on the TA2015 reading list. PS: Méira Cook’s from Winnipeg!

Happy reading and stay cool!




Face Off: Narnia versus Book of Negroes

Hello readers,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter long weekend – mine was filled with Netflix (Treasure Planet with the cousins!) and chocolate (birthday) cake. It was fantastic.

While we look forward to the premier of season five of Game of Thrones this Sunday (read my last blog post if you’re out of the loop), here’s a quickie post on a few book-related things to keep you going…

This year's full roster for HCC March Madness.

This year’s full roster for HCC March Madness.

#HCCMarchMadness, Harper Collins Canada’s spin on the college basketball tournament, is finally coming to a close this week, with two heavy-hitters in the top spots duking it out for the win (duking it out…Duke…get it? Clever, right?). The top choices are: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, or The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, both favourites of mine. I know I’ll be happy with either one as winner – which one will you choose? Today is the last day to vote – the winner will be announced tomorrow. Exciting. Get your votes in, as you have a chance to win all 64 books in that were this year’s tournament.

Who do you think will win??

Who do you think will win?? Get your votes in today!

The next best thing: the Buzzfeed Books newsletter. I’m always looking for a good book and I like getting recommendations from a variety of sources – you never know what’s out there until you look! All you have to do is sign your email up to receive the weekly e-newsletter (it comes out on Wednesdays) and read away. My favourite part of the BuzzFeed Books site: the curated quizzes, natch (all you could ever be asked about Harry Potter!).

A few of the fun posts on BuzzFeed Books.

A few of the fun posts on BuzzFeed Books. Totally worth checking out. Be warned: you’ll waste a lot of time doing quizzes!

Tomorrow night, I’m getting together with my book club for our inaugural meeting – we’ll be chatting about The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins and I can’t wait to hear what my friends thought of the book. I’ll be sharing some of our thoughts and reflections on the blog next week – if you read the book, leave your comments here for discussion!

Happy reading,