The Recommend

Favourites from readers, writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others

The Recommend for September 2018

Research shows that most of the books we read are the result of one thing: someone we know, trust, and/or admire tells us it's great. That's why we run this series, The Recommend, where readers, writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light; Jennifer Robson, author of the forthcoming The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding; Alix Hawley, author of My Name Is a Knife; Deborah Willis, author of The Dark and Other Love Stories; and Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes. IMPORTANT NOTE: This week's recommendations are part of a larger series launched in 2017 where we asked 150 Canadian authors to recommend 150 Canadian books. It's pretty awesome, so do check it out!

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The Recommend: Summer 2018

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Ian Hamilton (The Imam of Tawi-Wawi), Sam Wiebe (Cut You Down), Dave Butler (Full Curl), Mark Lisac (Where the Bodies Lie), and Dietrich Kalteis (Ride the Lightning).

The Recommend: April 2018

This month we're pleased to present the picks of Shawna Lemay (The Flower Can Always Be Changing), Andrew Battershill (Marry, Bang, Kill), Claudia Dey (Heartbreaker), Elinor Florence (Wildwood), and Sarah Henstra (The Red Word).

The Recommend: February 2018

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Carrianne Leung (That Time I Loved You), Sharon Butala (Zara's Dead), Dimitri Nasrallah (The Bleeds), Kim Clark (A One-Handed Novel), and Naben Ruthnum (Find You in the Dark).

The Recommend: September 2017

This month we're pleased to present the picks of Greg Rhyno (To Me You Seem Giant), Pamela Mordecai (Red Jacket), Alix Hawley (All True Not a Lie In It), and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (All the Broken Things).

The Recommend: June 2017

This month we're pleased to present the picks of Jennifer LoveGrove (Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes), Marjorie Celona (Y), Veronika Martenova Charles (The Land Beyond the Wall), Leanne Dunic (To Love the Coming End), and Danika Stone (Internet Famous).

The Recommend: April 2017

Picks from Joanna Lilley (If There Were Roads); Matt Murphy (A Beckoning War), Robert McGill (Once We Had a Country); Samantha Rideout (The People Who Stay); and Sheree Fitch (If You Could Wear My Sneakers, plus two dozen or so other books!).

The Recommend: December 2016

Great picks chosen by Yaskuko Thanh, Mark Leiren-Young, Danila Botha, Melanie Martin, and Mia Herrera

The Recommend: September 2016

This month we're pleased to present the picks of authors Caroline Adderson (Ellen in Pieces), Kate Taylor (Serial Monogamy), Edeet Ravel (The Saver), Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction), and Shari Lapeña (The Couple Next Door).

The Recommend: April 2016

This week we're pleased to present the picks of authors Andrew Forbes (The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays), Peter Behrens (Carry Me) and Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus and soon, The Voodoo Killings); librarian Jamie-Marie Thomas; and me (Kiley Turner).

The Recommend: January 2016

This week we're pleased to present the picks of memoirist Brian Brett (Tuco); author Amy Jones (upcoming novel We're All in This Together), author Ursula Pflug (Motion Sickness), former Ontario premier and Liberal Party leader, Dalton McGuinty; author John Bart (Middenrammers); poet Adebe DeRango-Adem (Terra Incognita).

The Recommend: October 2015

We're pleased to present the picks of award-winning poet Lorna Crozier, whose latest book is The Wild in You; Jael Richardson, author and and artistic director of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD); Laura Frey, literary blogger at ReadinginBed.com; Susan Renouf, editor and publishing strategist;  Steve Stanton, author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors; and Jean Marc Ah Sen, author of the debut novel, Grand Menteur.

The Recommend: July 2015

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Chelsea Rooney, author of the acclaimed first novel, Pedal; Daniel Allen Cox, author of two Lambda Award-nominated novels and the new book Mouthquake; Kevin Hardcastle, much-published short story writer and author of the upcoming collection Debris; Chadwick Ginther, creator of the award-winning Thunder Road trilogy; and Teri Vlassopoulos, whose short story debut, Bats and Swallows, was a Danuta Gleed finalist and whose forthcoming novel is Escape Plans.

The Recommend: May 2015

Today's The Recommend comes courtesy of Steve Burrows, author of the birder mystery, A Siege of Bitterns; Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mysteries; Julie Joosten, author of the poetry collection Light Light; Diana Davidson, author of the historical fiction novel Pilgrimage; and Steve Stanton, author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.

The Recommend: March 2015

Dysfunctional families, 70s Montreal, beloved sisters, dogged writers, and vampires in downtown Toronto. It's all in this month's The Recommend!

The Recommend: November 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author and magazine editor Gary Stephen Ross; YA author and Penguin Canada marketing and publicity manager, Vikki VanSickle; 2014 Governor General's Poetry Award finalist Garth Martens; Sean Dixon, and author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors, Steve Stanton.

The Recommend for September

This week's picks are amazing, from Michael Petrou, Frances Peck, Jennifer Kervin, Christine Fischer Guy, and Steve Stanton.

The Recommend: August 2014

Six books you must read, as brought to you by acclaimed writers Deryn Collier, Doretta Lau, Dave McGimpsey, and John Vigna, as well as one of Kobo's trailblazers, Nathan Maharaj.

The Recommend: July 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author Bill Gaston (The World); writer and speculative fiction blogger, Christa Seeley; essayist, editor, and digital media professor, Bruce Gillespie; author and teacher Kim McCullough (Clearwater); and Steve Stanton, author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.

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