The Recommend

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

The Recommend: April 2017

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 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!).

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Joanna Lilley recommends Karen Enns’ Ordinary Hours

If you find poetry intimidating or just don’t think it’s for you, try sitting at the kitchen table with a copy of Karen Enns’ collection, Ordinary Hours. Enns writes as if she’s sitting at the table with you, her hands around a mug of tea, glancing every now and then through the window into the garden as she tells you about her day and a …

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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.

The Recommend: June 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author and musician Dave Bidini (Keon and Me); author Anakana Schofield (Malarky); Bare It For Books founder and Centrediscs recording/licensing manager Allegra Young; UK-based author and filmmaker Jeff Norton (Metawars); author Saleema Nawaz (Bread and Bone); librarian and lit blogger Casey Stepaniuk; and Steve Stanton, author and president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.

The Recommend: May 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Steve Stanton, author and president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors; Kate Fitzgerald Bryden, author, most recently, of No Place Strange; Barbara McVeigh, teacher-librarian with the Peel District School Board; Charlotte Ashley, writer, editor, and bookseller; and Lynne Perednia, Washington State-based middle school librarian.

The Recommend: April 2014

We're pleased to present the picks of multimedia artist and author Vivek Shraya; Vancouver librarian and lit fest organizer, Heidi Schiller; Laurie Grassi, Books Editor at Chatelaine; Dee Hopkins, editor and lit blogger extraordinaire; and Carrie Snyder, author and finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Fiction.

The Recommend: March 2014 #2

We are thrilled today to have picks from Karen Connelly, Katherine Govier, Madeleine Thien, and Gillian Jerome, women who are among the most exciting voices in CanLit today.

The Recommend: March 2014 #1

This week's The Recommend spans wide territory; our esteemed panel's picks include historical fiction, magic realism, science fiction, sea lore, and a ghost thriller.

The Recommend: February 2014 #2

This week Ali Bryan (Roost), Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Eliza Robertson ("My Sister Sang"), Jowita Bydlowska (Drunk Mom), and Cathy Marie Buchanan (The Painted Girls) tell us about books they love a lot. 

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