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Jonathan Ball: Story Collections to Return To

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Jonathan Ball is the author of the new collection The Lightning of Possible Storms. Visit him online at https://www.jonathanball.com ***** All authors suffer the curse of terrible knowledge. They know that one of the most difficult literary forms is the short story. They also know that one of the hardest things to publish is a short story collection. Wise authors thus write novels, or even poetry. The unwise among us, enamoured of our dark arts, labour in service to this horrifying master. We offer foolish love, expecting nothing in return. When it came time to write my own short story book, I sat down and made a list of all the things I liked and disliked about the short story books I had read. I loved books where the stories felt connected, as if a theme ran through the collection, but I also loved books where the stories ranged wild, with differing styles and genres. I decided to push at both extremes, running a storyline throughout my book to connect everything while making each single story as different from the others as possible. In the process of writing The Lightning of Possible Storms, I kept stacking and re-stacking my books, studying and sorting them, reading and re-reading the collections I most admired. Here are the 10 books I found myself coming back to the most during the 19 years I spent working on my book.
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10 New Feminist Books to Add to Your Reading List

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Inspirational fiction and nonfiction featuring strong women.
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Get Under the (Winter) Covers

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We're getting seasonal and thinking about great books to curl up with with frosty settings (and pretty covers).
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The Canada Reads 2021 Longlist

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A grand selection of books are spotlighted before CBC confirms the 2021 Canada Reads finalists. Make sure you put some of these titles on your reading list. Also on the list are The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk and Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
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Delightfully Dishevelled

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Sometimes we like our fiction to be aspirational, with characters so admirable that they inspire our own passion and momentum. But sometimes the very best thing is when protagonists are brilliantly – better yet, hilariously – flawed. Life is messy and that's what you're going to find in these books. Revel!
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Author Spotlight: Jennifer Robson

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Bestselling author (and Oxford University-graduated historian) Jennifer Robson is one of Canada's most popular novelists, having made her name with a series of novels set in World War One. Her following continues to grow with her most recent books (2019's THE GOWN and new release OUR DARKEST NIGHT), which also demonstrate an impressive broadening of her narrative reach.
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