From Calcutta-born Amitav Ghosh to South Africa’s Nobel-winning J.M. Coetzee, and with a brief excursion through Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul… Can’t travel this summer? But you can.
Flitting from parties to jobs they dislike and on to potential art happenings, New Tab’s 20-something Montreal creative class ends up with more beer than poetry.
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.
Romance, cold war espionage, New York in the Roaring Twenties and even French Montreal all linger in the background of Sean Michaels’ debut novel about Russian inventor Lev Termen.
Hailed as a post-apocalyptic mind-fuck, Fire in the Unnameable Country is a post 9/11 Muslim’s account of imaginary boundaries, surveillance, and an altered reality.
Mauritius is a prosperous country that punches above its weight in many categories. Bookstores are hard to find and full of pulp fiction, though with a little digging, I found gold.
Heralded by hip-hop artists and fictionalized in U.S. sitcoms, this Jewish “soul food” has been the decade-long obsession of author Laura Silver.
In Waiting for the Man, Arjun Basu presents Joe, a 30-something adman whose existential crisis turns into a spiritual quest that goes viral on social media.
Amidst mental illness and suicide, Miriam Toews’s new novel is an ambitious and beautifully crafted masterpiece of compassion, storytelling, and love.
These are stories of guys who are crippled by drugs, who marry the wrong women, and who do not lead particularly noble, awful or even interesting lives. They are folks.
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.
Nancy Lee’s The Age tells of a Vancouver teenager dealing with post-nuclear disaster, the Cold War and adolescence, with a little help from some weed and beer.
Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch transcends genre, offering redemption for the characters and a profound meditation on the spiritual quality of art.
Glamour, grit, and the 1995 referendum are the backdrop to Heather O’Neill’s tale of a Québécois celebrity’s twins. Can O’Neill surpass her last international hit?
A Stephen Harper insider is hard-done by his own Conservative friends. Will he exact Frank Underwood-style revenge in a “tell-all” book?