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New and recent books with buzz. 

In this series, we highlight new and recent books with buzz. 


Book Cover Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes

The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, by Bridget Canning (Fiction)

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2019: 

"Hurling a can of coconut milk at a gunman in a grocery store, thrusts Wanda Jaynes into the media spotlight. Her world spirals out of control as her job is made redundant, her love life gets frayed and the tension of being a heroine changes everything. How do you cope when the world is watching your every move?" (Librarian's comments)


Book Cover Refuse

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, edited by Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker (Nonfiction)

Reviewed by Alex Good in the Toronto Star: 

"Whether you agree or disagree, Refuse is an important collection of immediate responses to this fracturing. Important because, whether it’s being taught in the classroom or making news headlines, the debate over these matters is now so loud it’s no longer possible to ignore the calls for change."


Book Cover To Greet Yourself Arriving

To Greet Yourself Arriving, by Michael Fraser (Poetry)

Reviewed by Lori Fox in Arc Poetry:

"Michael Fraser’s latest collection, To Greet Yourself Arriving, is the only book of poetry I’ve ever read with a glossary. That Fraser felt he needed one in a collection whose central theme is famous Black men and women could be said to be, in part, an excellent reason for writing such a book. With a rare sort of graceful simplicity, the poet takes readers boldly by the wrist and thrusts them into a room full of voices―a party where inventor Elijah McCoy is having a cocktail with astronomer Neil de Grasse Tyson, ex-president Barack Obama listens to boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson recount a famous bout and Howlin’ Wolf smokes a spliff while Maya Angelou reads aloud to entertain the crowd."


Book Cover Dodger Boy

Dodger Boy, by Sara Ellis (Middle-Grade)

Interviewed in Open Book:

"Characters taking on a life of their own is a total illusion but it’s a useful illusion that feels completely convincing in the moment. Example:  In the early stages of Dodger Boy whenever I told anybody the basic premise (U.S. draft dodger comes to stay with Charlotte’s family in Vancouver in 1970) they would inevitably predict that Charlotte would get a crush on the dodger. So I tried to make that happen. But whenever I got into that territory the whole thing went slack and Charlotte just gave me a withering look and refused to play. When I finally figured out what Tom Ed’s effect on Charlotte really was she gave a big sigh of relief and looked up at me and said, 'Well. Duh. Finally.'


Book Cover Angus All Aglow

Angus All Aglow, by Heather Smith and Alice Carter (Picture Book)

Reviewed by Danielle Wing in CM Magazine:

"Angus All Aglow is a heartwarming story that emphasizes the individuality and creativity that each child brings to the world and the challenges children face as they try to communicate their uniqueness to others. Readers will find opportunities to see themselves and others in this story, and the message of acceptance will ring true for many of them. Angus All Aglow will be a welcome addition to libraries and classrooms where stories with strong themes of individuality, friendship and acceptance are needed."

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