The Recommend

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

The Recommend: Masterpieces, Celebrities, Survival, and Magic

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 book blogger Laura Frey (reading-in-bed.com), Melanie Fishbane (whose debut YA novel is Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery), Katherine Ashenburg (whose debut fiction novel—following many nonfiction works—is Sofie and Cecilia), Karen Hofmann (whose forthcoming short story collection is Echolocation), and Bruce Cinnamon (whose debut novel is The Melting Queen).

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Laura Frey recommends Éric Dupont's Songs for the Cold of Heart

I am a blurb skeptic. Blurbs are, at best, the most biased form of literary criticism. Just check how often a blurber’s name appears on the acknowledgements page. At worst, blurbs ar …

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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: Picks By MadeleineThien, Karen Connelly, Katherine Govier, Gillian Gerome

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. 

The Recommend: February 2014 #1

We all know 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're starting our new series, The Recommend. Every two weeks, we'll reach out to people whose taste we respect and ask them to tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

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