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On Telling the Truth in Politics

By Cheri Divnovo

An excerpt from new memoir The Queer Evangelist, Cheri DiNovo's story of her life as a queer minister, politician and st …

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 The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winners The Fan Brothers

The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winners The Fan Brothers

By Trevor Corkum

We continue our special coverage of this year’s Governor General's Literature Award winners in conversation with the a …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Jewish Heritage

By Julie Booker

Compelling stories showcasing Jewish Heritage to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Madhur Anand

The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Madhur Anand

By Trevor Corkum

Check out our conversation with Madhur Anand, whose brilliant experimental memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your He …

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Me and Bridget Jones (20 Years Later)

Me and Bridget Jones (20 Years Later)

By Erika Thorkelson

Erika Thorkelson's "Me and Bridget Jones (20 Years Later)" is one of the essays in Midlife, a new essay collection explo …

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The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Michelle Good

The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Michelle Good

By Trevor Corkum

Today we are pleased to kick off our special coverage of the 2020 Governor General's Award winners (English-language) wi …

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The World Up Close

By Joanne Epp

A recommended reading list by author of new book CATTAIL SKYLINE on paying close attention to the small and particular.

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The Keepers on My Bookshelf

By LS Stone

Depth and humour are themes in this great recommended reading list by the author of the new middle grade novel What's in …

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How Does a Woman Become a Writer?

By Linda Leith

"The writers who interest me most, always, are women who write about themselves in ways that a male writer never could." …

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11 Essay Collections to Revisit Now

By Susan Olding

"The bestselling novel of a decade ago will sometimes seem stale or irrelevant today, but that’s rarely true of an ess …

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Win 1 of 5 Copies of Your First Home: A Buyer's Kit by Kimberley Marr. #realestate #homebuyers #givecdn

Kimberely Marr, author of Your First Home

Kimberley Marr, CAAP, ABR, is a RE/MAX real estate broker with over 23 years' experience. Throughout her career she has assisted many buyers and sellers in fulfilling their real estate goals and dreams. Marr has developed and taught real estate buyers' programs for the last 17 years with a focus on first-time home buyers. She has made television appearances and has been a speaker at national and international real estate, mortgage financing, and industry related conferences. Your First Home: A Buyer's Kit is her first book. Visit her online at www.kimegerton.com.

Julie Wilson: In your experience, what would say is the #1 misconception about buying your first home?

Kimberley Marr: There is a misconception that a large down payment (i.e. 20-30 percent of the purchase price) is required, which may not be the case for buyers that qualify for a high-ratio type of mortgage. Mortgages usually fall into one of two categories—conventional or high-ratio financing. Sometimes a buyer, based on lender underwriting criteria qualifies for a mortgage, may not have a large enough down payment to be considered a conventional type of mortgage (i.e., 20 per cent or more of the purchase or appraised price whichever is lower, for a down payment). However, the buyer may still be able t …

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Have you Entered Our Books of the Year Giveaway Yet?

2020 Books of the Year

It's been a week since our 2020 Fiction: Books of the Year post went up, and it's been shared many, many times, with readers and writers celebrating our selections and reflecting on their own literary 2020.

Our list includes some excellent ideas for all the readers on your list, if you're still doing some last-ish minute shopping. (And check out our list of all your favourite indie bookstores in one place while you're at it!)

And do you know that we're giving away copies of every single title on the list?

From award-winners (How to Pronounce Knife) to booksellers' favourites (Aubrey McKee), critical darlings (Butter Honey Pig Bread, Brighten the Corner Where You Are), cult hits (Mexican Gothic), bestsellers (Songs for the End of the World, Indians on Vacation) and so much more, our list includes a little bit of everything.

Make sure you explore them all (and enter to win!).

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End of February Giveaway

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This is a tricky time of year in many parts of Canada. The sun is poking out but ... there's still snow. A lot of it. The ice feels malevolent. Terrible friends are going down south without us. There has never been a better time for a surprise giveaway. Here’s how it works. Kerry and I will each tell you a TINY bit about a book we’ve really enjoyed lately, but that's it. If you think it sounds good, enter our giveaway for a chance to win both books! ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 28.

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KILEY'S SURPRISE

The two winners of the secret book I love will receive a mystery, but not just any mystery. It’s a thriller that you actually don’t want to rush through, the writing is so brilliant at the paragraph and sentence level. It's as much about what it means to be human as it is about murder.

Hint: The book received both an Arthur Ellis Award and a Governor General’s Award. It has been translated (brilliantly) from French.

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KERRY'S SURPRISE

Great cities and neighbourhoods are containers for stories, just like this book is, and every one of the stories in this book is delightfully readable and well written. Reading this collection is akin to a walk through a city street, of glimpses, moments, and changing scenes—a most satisfying and delightful excursion.  

Hint: T …

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