In Review: The Week of June 4th

June 9, 2018

This week we obsessively followed our hashtag #CarryOnBooks after our successful landing at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, got a taste of some new poetry, a follow-up read, and discovered a debut author.

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On the Blog



~ We have your follow-up read to Sharon Bala's The Boat People with Homes: A Refugee Story (Freehand Books), the true story of how a young refugee found safety in Canada.

~ Poet Amanda Jernigan shares the story of how old Protestant hymns informed the poetry in Years, Months, and Days (Biblioasis). Read the story behind the collection and hear her read from the book.

~ We launched CarryOnBooks at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and lived to tell.

~ Author and screenwriter Maureen Medved joined us to talk about her influences that inform her latest novel Black Star (Anvil Press) and her thoughts on being a writer: "Knowing that I am kind of like an explorer without a map or a real sense of the shape of the world."

~ We featured debut author Leila Marshy whose book The Philistine (Linda Leith Publishing) is a searing LGBTQ romance and search for identity.




Around the Web


~ We said goodbye to Canadian poet and past Griffin Poetry Prize winner David McFadden who passed away the age of 78 and celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain who died at the age of 61.

~ This romance author's lawsuit to trademark the word "cocky" was by all definitions pretty cocky, and the court agreed calling it "weak."


~ The National Post wrote about the pros and cons of Instagram poetry which is still having its shining moment.



What Else We're Reading


Mandy is having no trouble getting through Eve Joseph's Quarrels (Anvil Press), a collection of prose poems.






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