Posted on: March 25, 2021 at 11:13 am, in

It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is living in her Westfalia, travelling to various logging camps with her son, Liam, in tow.  Willow’s intent is to sabotage logging operations and generally interfere with the industry that is destroying B.C.’s vast and beautiful forests.  In fact, she has devoted her life to this endeavour. Unexpectedly, Willow is […]

Anxious People

Posted on: March 12, 2021 at 9:49 am, in

    By Fredrik Backman   Is it possible for a book to be at once heart-wrenching yet heart-warming, improbable yet realistic, farcical yet deeply, utterly human? If so, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People has done just that. Anxious People follows a group of people who, while attending an apartment open house, find themselves held hostage […]

Was the Cat in the Hat Black?

Posted on: February 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm, in

  by Philip Nel February is Black History Month, which is a time to celebrate Black voices and Black lives while also recognizing the work that must be done in the present to ensure diversity and racial justice is part of the future. One part of this necessary work is highlighting the importance of creating […]

Songs for the End of the World

Posted on: January 21, 2021 at 11:18 am, in

Songs for the End of the World By Saleema Nawaz If I had to guess, I’d say that most people are a bit tired of hearing about the pandemic and dearly wish they could be thinking about other things.  Yet there is something cathartic about reading a novel about a pandemic during a pandemic.  Frankly, […]


Posted on: January 11, 2021 at 10:35 am, in

by Kim Thuy Vi by Kim Thúy is this year’s choice for One eRead Canada, a national eBook reading event which runs from January 1 – 31st. The title character Vi, the youngest of four children and the only girl, narrates this moving story of a Vietnamese family over several decades of the 20th century. […]

How Long ’til Black Future Month

Posted on: December 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm, in

  by N. K. Jemisin I read Jemisin’s excellent essay of the same name online in 2013 (, so when I picked up this book I was expecting a collection of essays, but was surprised (and pleased) when it turned out to be a collection of short stories instead. And what a collection it is! […]

An Irish Country Family

Posted on: November 27, 2020 at 10:47 am, in

      By Patrick Taylor With the current pandemic keeping us apart from those we love, I am finding it important to connect in other ways. My reading choices of late seek comfort and escape and this has led me back to old friends, Doctor Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly, and Dr. Barry Laverty, GPs of the […]

Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Posted on: November 16, 2020 at 4:27 pm, in

by Kathleen Rooney New York City, New Year’s Eve, 1984. A woman named Lillian Boxfish, about the same age as the century, has no particular place to be. Dressed in her favourite mink coat, she embarks on a miles-long stroll around lower Manhattan. The novel switches between Lillian’s encounters with ordinary New Yorkers and her […]

The Glass Hotel

Posted on: October 29, 2020 at 9:30 am, in

  The Glass Hotel By Emily St. John Mandel Vincent grows up in the fictional village of Caiette, just across the water from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.  Her tiny town has no road and is accessible only by water taxi. Her unusual name (for a girl) was given to her by her mother, […]

Children of Ash and Elm

Posted on: October 16, 2020 at 9:57 am, in

  by Neil Price I’m a gamer.  I play lots of video games, and one of my favourite series is Assassin’s Creed, a long and convoluted series of stories that are set in various historical time periods and places.  The games are meticulously researched: they go to great lengths to seek out the most recent […]