Blue Metropolis opened on Monday. Here’s Gina Roitman on Israeli author Eshkol Nevo’s talk about the travel and people who inspired his novel Neuland.
In Palawan Story, a recent finalist for the Concordia University First Book Prize, Caroline Vu chronicles pain, love and loss.
Before she committed suicide herself, Quebec writer Nelly Arcan wrote a book about a protagonist who decides to commit suicide by age 30. Arcan, known for her struggle with depression, has written a book as painful as her life.
In Getting Waisted, serial dieter Monica Parker turns being fat in a thin world into one riotous memoir and tell-all confession, with self-acceptance as the ultimate prize.
From the grab bag of San Francisco’s colourful history, Donoghue writes a novel based on the true-life unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing, frog-catching eccentric.
Serafim and Claire explores two characters’ dreams when Montreal was full of flappers, cabarets, crooked city officials and a thriving Red Light district.
In reading Carolyne Van Der Meer’s remarkable work, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experiences, I was reminded of the intricate lace curtains found on the…
Entering Naomi Fontaine’s world is like a plunge into the icy waters of northern Quebec. Your first instinct is to get out; it’s too painful and…
In the late 1970s, Walt gives his wife, Judy, a baby chimp to ease her anguish over being childless. Looee clings to Judy like a human…
Imagine you’re a blond-haired, blue-eyed thirteen-year-old from Vancouver moving with your parents and two siblings some 8,000 km away to Guyana. You step off the plane and you are immediately assaulted by perplexing smells, a blanket of heat and an all-encompassing dark. “Night there is not like anything I had felt before.” So begins Shelagh Plunkett’s four year adventure that eventually ends on the other side of the world with a surreptitious departure from the island of Timor.
For their intricate designs, Afghani rugs are considered among the most distinctive of oriental carpets. Often, they are as red as the poppies that have fuelled both the country’s economy and the rivers of blood in its history. Whatever the pattern, rugs from Afghanistan are prized for their weave. And that is also true of the novels by Khaled Hosseini, the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. He’s a master weaver of tales.
To convey dire stories without a touch of gloom is a gift. For George Saunders in Tenth of December, his first book in six years, this particular gift comes wrapped in an economy of language tied up with a ribbon of dark humour.
Every once in awhile, as if in concert with some universal synchronizing mechanism, a book appears at the exact moment that current events conspire to mirror the subject matter. Thomas King’s An Inconvenient Indian is one and set on the other side of the world, Shawna Singh Baldwin’s third novel, The Selector of Souls, is another.
Travelling by camper van around New Zealand, a land where 70% of the endemic forests have disappeared over the last 180 years, there seemed no more suitable place to crack open Charlotte Gill’s riveting and disturbing account of 20 years as a tree-planter in the forests of Canada. Make that, a tree-planter where the forests used to be.
In this fifth look back on Rover’s seasonal archives, first published on Dec 23, 2011, Gina Roitman found that sumptuous dishes made for a delightful “Jews For Jesus” Christmas.