March 14, 2013 § 1 Comment
A few new Canadian books have been making their way into my house over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d do a very brief little showcase of these books.
TOK 7 is the final stage in a series of anthologies put out by Diaspora Dialogues in Toronto. It features poetry and short fiction, and includes work by Andrew Pyper, Ibi Kaslik, Margaret Christakos and Moez Surani.
Katie Welch’s The Bears is a timely tale about a ruptured pipeline, an oil spill and the ensuing environmental crisis, in which a group of activists try to save a group of bears.
Théodora Armstrong’s short story collection Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility is the first book to be published by the House of Anansi’s new short-story imprint, Astoria. Théodora was a recent Three Rs guest here at Slightly Bookist and has been compared to Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver. I’m reading this at the moment and enjoying it very much.
Ruth Walker’s Living Underground is a debut novel that travels between WWII Dresden and Scarborough, Ontario, several decades later, revealing secrets and uncovering mysteries. I was sent this book after confessing my love of WWII novels but have not yet had a chance to read it (my tbr pile has enough books to keep me going into 2014 already, and I read fairly quickly).
Marguérite Pigeon (the acute accent is getting quite the outing in today’s post), a former journalist, has written an intelligent and nuanced political thriller called Open Pit. Look at that beautiful cover! The publisher, NeWest Press, has such great designs.
Chad Pelley (familiar to many as the man behind Salty Ink) sees his second novel, Every Little Thing, published on 20th March by Breakwater. This one is a tale of grief, secrets and emotional devastation. The first chapter is a great hook.
And finally, yesterday brought Don Gillmor’s latest novel, Mount Pleasant, which looks to be all about death, debt and decay in Toronto, all mixed up with mystery and revelation.