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Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay

Alone in the Classroom, by Elizabeth Hay McClelland & Stewart, 306 pp. In a small prairie school in 1929, Connie Flood helps a backward student, Michael Graves, learn how to read. Observing them and darkening their lives is the principal, Parley Burns, whose strange behaviour culminates in an attack so disturbing its repercussions continue to [...]

Anne Sorbie on Memoir of a Good Death

About Memoir of a Good Death   Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about Memoir of a Good Death?   Anne Sorbie: In an immediate sense, readers have said that the title and the cover are huge draws which invite them to consider a topic that they might not otherwise [...]

Betty Jane Hegerat on The Boy

Betty Jane Hegerat: Although the Cook murder case seems to have lain dormant in my memory for about 45 years, once I began digging around in the historical information, I remembered the shock to my eleven-year-old self of hearing that it was the son/brother who had killed the family.  All I knew of older brothers [...]

Book trailer for Monoceros by Suzette Mayr

Book Trailer for Monoceros by Suzette Mayr Coach House Books, 2011. 220 pp. A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his suicide changes everyone around him. Despite the premise, this is a funny book. Watch the trailer to see clips from a few of the reviews. The wide [...]

Brooke S. Musterman on Reptiles on Caffeine

About Reptiles on Caffeine Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book? I think they will be validated. If they are anything like me, they will be relieved. Stress can manifest itself in all manner of responses, rudeness is very common. It can be hard to deal with [...]

Distracting the Distractions ~ Reviewed by Annie Vigna

Distracting the Distractions: Raising a Child with ADD, A Parent’s Decision to Medicate by Joanne Sieppert Calgary: Jo-Anne Sieppert Publishing, 2010 73pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Annie Vigna Jo-Anne Sieppert is the author of a series of youth fiction, Nystars, and a self-published reference book titled Distracting the Distractions. Sieppert was 22 when she was diagnosed [...]

Farzana Doctor on Six Metres of Pavement

About Six Metres of Pavement BookClubBuddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book? Farzana Doctor: Readers have told me that the novel’s depth of emotion has made the characters relatable and memorable. There’s no greater honour than hearing that readers have continued caring about the characters long after they’ve finished [...]

Farzana Doctor receives $4000 Dayne Ogilvie Grant

Toronto Author/Activist Farzana Doctor awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Grant Toronto, ON – June 1, 2011 – Farzana Doctor is the 2011 recipient of the $4000 grant, awarded annually to an emerging gay or lesbian writer of “great literary promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.” From the Writers’ Trust of Canada press release: [...]

Gotta Find Me An Angel by Brenda Brooks

Gotta Find Me an Angel by Brenda Brooks Raincoast Books, 2005. 219 pp. Gotta Find Me an Angel, the first novel of poet Brenda Brooks, is quirky, humourous, and beautifully written. The narrator/heroine thought she had forgotten Madeline, who died by her own hand when they were both in their early teens. Why then, at [...]

Memoir of a Good Death by Anne Sorbie

Memoir of a Good Death is a book about life! The story will take you on a journey and bring you home; the characters will make you laugh and invite you to cry. It’s one of the few books that features Calgary in such loving and honest detail. Memoir of a Good Death is also [...]

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