In Review: The Week of February 6th

February 11, 2017

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s but the type of dating we lovingly embrace is of the book variety, so this weekend we’ve piled our stack higher than usual with four new(ish) reads about different kinds of love and friendship. And we made sure to stock up on chocolate for book-binging endurance. Read on for our picks, and other bookish news.

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On the blog



~  We dressed up the blog with Fred Wah’s Scree (Talonbooks) in this month’s Beautiful Books.

~  If you’re not feeling Valentine’s Day, get sweet revenge with Martine Delvaux’s The Last Bullet Is for You (Linda Leith Publishing) 

~We’re celebrating Black History Month with a special edition of Writer’s Block every Thursday. First up Kaie Kellough, author of Accordéon (ARP), shares his unique way of managing writer’s block and much more.




Around the Web



~ This Virginia judge had the best sentence in the courtroom when she ordered some young offenders to read books in lieu of jail time.

~ Make your writing more inclusive with these tips from Bustle

 ~ The OLA's 2017 Forest of Reading Awards were announced this week with books from four ALU-member publishers among the nominees, including Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press); The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis (Coach House Books); Middle Aged Boys and Girls by Diane Bracuk (Guernica Editions); and The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay (Biblioasis).


What Else We’re Reading


Because Valentine’s Day is around the corner we’re opening our hearts to books about friendship and the various kinds of love with I Am A Truck by Michelle Winters (Invisible Publishing); Earthbound by Blonk (Pow Pow Press); Candyass by Nick Comilla (Arsenal Pulp); and The Two of Us by Kathy Page (Biblioasis).




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