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On Our Radar: The Summer Edition

By [Kerry Clare]

Books with buzz all around the Internet and elsewhere. 

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On Deck: 5 Authors on the Books They Can't Wait to Read This Summer

On Deck: 5 Authors on the Books They Can't Wait to Read This Summer

By [Kiley Turner]

These books are on the nightstands of some of our favourite authors.

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Alice Zorn's Montreal Books List

By [Kerry Clare]

Where spring is glorious. Summer is manna. Autumn is beautiful, albeit melancholy. But winter always rules. 

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Amy Jones's Northern Ontario Books List

By [Kerry Clare]

And no, Toronto isn't in Northern Ontario.

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Making Things

By [Kerry Clare]

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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The Chat: Trevor Corkum Interviews Kamal Al-Solaylee

By [Kiley Turner]

This week, we’re in conversation with Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Means Today (t …

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Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2016 Non-Fiction Preview

By [Kerry Clare]

History, sports, memoir, cookbooks, history, global affairs, feminism, parenting, television, politics...and so much mor …

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A Pinny Summer Checklist

A Pinny Summer Checklist

By [Kerry Clare]

In celebration of simple living, of no-tech summer freedom, and fun.

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Summer Eats: Fresh Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad

Summer Eats: Fresh Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad

By [Kiley Turner]

Simple, and delicious. A trip to the farmers' market is in order!

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On Our Radar: The Summer Edition

"On Our Radar" is a monthly 49th Shelf series featuring books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews about great new books in a multitude of genres from all around the Internet and elsewhere. 

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Fiction

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The Dancehall Years, by Joan Haggerty

Featured at at All Lit Up as part of their "Where in Canada" series: 

The dancehall is Bowen Island with its medley of tides that rise and fall below the building. Over the years and generations, it stages the loves and deaths, arrivals and disappearances of the characters in such a way that they might be dancing still.

In fact, the dancehall was torn down in the early sixties along with the hotel and most of the cottages. In the novel, the building still stands, rotating above the wharf.  It’s the dancers that are rotating of course—there’s always a dosey-doe or an allemande left to exact—but, to Gwen,  the whole building swings to the summer music of the day, a Benny Goodman clarinet solo or a Glen Miller swing saxophone.

Read the entire feature here.

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Non-Fiction

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Out of the Orchard, …

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On Deck: 5 Authors on the Books They Can't Wait to Read This Summer

Rhonda Douglas picks Amy Jones's We're All In This Together

Rhonda writes: "If I have to pick just one book I'm dying to read this summer, it's We're All in This Together by Amy Jones. Jones is also the author of What Boys Like and Other Stories. I loved that book and so am curious to see what Jones has done in a novel. Apparently there are crazy family shenanigans involved and I think Jones's wit will just slice family dynamics wide open. Have this one on the top of my pile to enjoy under a tree in August—can't wait!"

Rhonda Douglas is the author of Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems, (Signature Editions) and Welcome to the Circus: Stories (Freehand Books). We recommended Welcome to the Circus in this post right here, and Publishers Weekly calls the collection "an exhilarating read."

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Alice Zorn's Montreal Books List

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Alice Zorn's new novel is set in Montreal's historic Pointe St-Charles neighbourhood, and is a story about history, community, connections, and friendship. And it is, unabashedly, also a love letter to Montreal.

In this list, she suggests more fiction with which to immerse yourself in this great city. 

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In all of these books set in Montreal, weather plays a starring role. Spring is glorious. Summer is manna. Autumn is beautiful, albeit melancholy. But winter always rules. 

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The urban wasteland along Van Horne Avenue and bordering the rail tracks is described with ironic, yet affectionate precision in Anna Leventhal’s book of short stories, Sweet Affliction. Here, you can rent a house cheaply, have a drink at an establishment that doesn’t have a bar license, bury a pet rat, meet a man who’s wearing a shirt you once owned.

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There are many …

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Amy Jones's Northern Ontario Books List

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Here at 49th Shelf, we're pretty big fans of Amy Jones's debut novel, We're All In This Together. It makes an appearance on our CAN'T FAIL Summer Reading list (in which we declared it "THE book to spend a whole day in a hammock reading while one is mildly hungover"), and don't miss Trevor Corkum's interview with Amy from last month for The Chat

With this list, Amy is determined to set Google straight when it comes to the query of "Books Set in Northern Ontario." And if the list is a sundae, her own book is surely the cherry on top.  

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The number one related Google search to “Books Set in Northern Ontario” is “Is Toronto in Northern Ontario?” The answer, of course, is no, but given Northern Ontario’s sheer size, it’s pretty much the only part of Ontario—along with a few other cities we like to refer to up here as “down south”—that isn’t. Equally massive is the number of books set in the region. Here are eight to start with.

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If I Fall, If I Die, by Michael Christie

Michael Christie’s debut novel about a boy raised by an agorapho …

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Making Things

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Need a respite from the summer heat? Cover the kitchen table with materials and get busy making stuff with these step-by-step crafting books.

The colourful photos in 1 2 3, I Can Sculpt, by Irene Luxbacher, are as delectable as candy: a snake, a crocodile, a giraffe. All will entice the age 5+ audience (with adult help) or the independent grade 3+. Requiring at-hand materials like foil, clay, egg cartons and fabric, each page introduces one new technique or art word, such as materials, form, texture, armature, balance, as well as clay-sculpting methods. The culminating Wow-a-Saurus combines all previously taught skills. There's also a pictorial glossary and a concise note to guide parents/teachers.

I Can Make Gifts

I Can Make Gifts, by Mary Wallace, also in colour, demonstrates how to make a “growing gift,” a Dad Fan Photo (transforming a photo of a parent), a locket, a baby rattle, a trophy, a family tree shaped like a house, or gift baskets with homemade bubble sol …

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