In Review: The Week of July 9th

July 14, 2018

We've got a lot to review this week: from staff discussions and goodbyes to biographical fiction and video games to ill-advised literary wine campaigns...it's all here in our weekly roundup!

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~ All Lit Up Book Club continued on with our staff discussion of Paige Cooper's  Zolitude (Biblioasis): we even rounded up some discussion questions for your own club and recorded our discussion for your listening...pleasure? Listening something.

~ We said a sad farewell to our colleague Julia of Jules' Tools for Social Change fame – she's leaving for a new position – but not before she gave us her "fave five" books that she read and discussed on the job.

~ Our #FridayReads pick was Catherine Fatima's  Sludge Utopia (Book*hug), an auto-fictional novel of a woman trying to ascribe meaning to sexual desire in decidedly meaningless times.

~ Love video games? Whether you're an FPS maverick or love a quiet, contemplative interactive story, this week's If You Liked x, Read paired books with some of your favourites.

~ Our Top 10 this week was all about novels that feature real people: celebrities, family members, and randos, all!

 

Around the Web

 

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~ The Golden Booker, a vote-determined prize of the best Booker winner of the past fifty years, went to a Canadian: Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient won the prize.

~ Speaking of things with British origins, why not check out this literary map of the United Kingdom, to see where some famed book settings lie across the pond?

~ Praise be: the company responsible for the ill-advised Handmaid's Tale tie-in wines has pulled the project after (understandable) social media backlash.

 

 

 

 

What Else We're Reading

 

If you just finished Heather O'Neill's whimsical-yet-gritty The Lonely Hearts Hotel set in jazz-age Montreal, why not follow it up with Saleema Newaz's  Mother Superior (Freehand Books), a collection of stories in contemporary Montreal that lose none of the wonder and underbelly ways of O'Neill's novel.

 

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