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Fiction: Novels

By Anna Pitoniak

Random House editor Anna Pitoniak, born in Whistler but now based in New York, makes a strong literary debut with The Futures, a novel that follows a young couple in their 20s as they take ... Read More »

February 22, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Elan Mastai

The premise of screenwriter Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays is almost perversely appropriate for our present moment. The year is 2016. Narrator Tom Barren has grown up as a shiftless underachiever in a Jetsons-inspired ... Read More »

February 9, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Anton Piatigorsky

American history is largely a construction of the U.S. Supreme Court. Patriots loudly bray about democracy and the Constitution, but realists understand that the unelected judiciary is charged with interpreting the law of the land, ... Read More »

January 30, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lesley Krueger

Lesley Krueger’s Mad Richard opens in Bedlam. Also known as the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill, it houses artist Richard Dadd, who we learn in the book’s first paragraph is a murderer. A ... Read More »

January 24, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Jesse Ruddock

Tristan is always alone. Sure, there are people around him, names and voices that float in and out of Jesse Ruddock’s debut novel. These characters bounce questions and attempts at intimacy off of Tristan’s young, ... Read More »

January 9, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Eva Stachniak

Many works of fiction take as their inspiration true events and persons of historical significance, but few do so as lovingly and imaginatively as Eva Stachniak’s fifth novel. The Chosen Maiden is a fictionalized account ... Read More »

January 3, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Ed O’Loughlin

When the wrecks of the expeditionary ships HMS Erebus and Terror, lost while searching for the Northwest Passage in the mid–19th century, were finally discovered (in 2014 and 2016, respectively), the events marked the final ... Read More »

January 3, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Emily Saso

Indoors or out, actual or perceived, the weather in Emily Saso’s assured debut novel tends toward the weird and tumultuous. Set in a contemporary but unappealing Toronto – “a place bloated with condo developments and ... Read More »

December 21, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By David Montrose

The term “Canadian noir” sounds almost oxymoronic – as a concept, it runs contrary to both our complacently benign self-image and our international reputation as wholesome, apologetic, and frostbitten. The strange difficulty of convincing ourselves ... Read More »

December 15, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Margaret Atwood

Any act of artistic performance shares a close affinity with magic. Stephen King has made this connection in numerous essays, forewords, and introductions to his own work, and in his recent memoir, Bruce Springsteen refers ... Read More »

December 12, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Mary Frances Coady

With Holy Rule, Mary Frances Coady revisits the cloistered Catholic world she explored in her 2009 short-story collection, The Practice of Perfection. Those stories followed a group of novitiates taking their first steps toward becoming ... Read More »

December 12, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Ann Eriksson

Music and money drive Ann Eriksson’s fifth novel. Hana Knight is a gifted young pianist who narrates the story of her family, her struggles as a musician, and her relationship with a deranged homeless woman ... Read More »

November 29, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lisa de Nikolits

South African–Canadian author Lisa de Nikolits is no stranger to the industry – four of her five books have been recognized with Independent Publishing Awards, and she’s contributed to multiple short-fiction anthologies. Yet her latest ... Read More »

November 16, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Devon Code

Back in 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” One might use the same words to describe Peterborough, Ontario, author Devon Code’s complex, sometimes brilliant, often frustrating ... Read More »

November 7, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

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By Jowita Bydlowska

This month’s tempest in a literary teapot comes courtesy of Lionel Shriver, who stirred up controversy with her keynote address to the Brisbane Writers Festival. Charged with speaking on the subject of “community and belonging,” ... Read More »

November 7, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels