In Review: The Week of June 24

June 29, 2019

This week: we got a head start on Canada Day with the perfect book and cocktail pairing, played casting director with Playwrights Canada Press, introduced a debut collection from author Philip Huynh and heard from a few of the contributing authors of Breaking Boundaries about their experiences with coming out in Canada.

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Week of June 24



On the Blog



-We started the week off with a bang, collab'ing with Playwright's Canada Press to dream up the perfect cast of celebrity characters (& movie poster!) to bring Kat Sandler's play Bang Bang to the big screen. We think Spike Lee as the director would really do this dark and brilliantly funny piece some serious justice.

-Our Pride Month celebrations closed with an interview from Breaking Boundaries (Rebel Mountain Press) Editor Lori Shwydky, who asked contributing authors of the collection more about their personal stories on coming out and what it means to be LGBTQ2s+ in Canada.

-We got a head-start on the Canada Day long weekend with our recipe for a Smoked Plum and Gin cocktail/mocktail – the perfect pairing for Jason Christie's collection of poems, Cursed Objects, which confronts the veiled versions of ourselves and the way in which we turn ourselves and others into objects.

- We met Philip Huynh, debut author of The Forbidden Purple City (Goose Lane Editions) – a collection of stories that, through the voices of young and old, paint a picture of the Vietnamese diaspora. If we had to describe it, it's kind of like David Bezmozgis meets David Fincher. If you're not familiar with either of these references, just know, its one you need to read now.


Around the Web


 The debate around how our coveted bookshelves should, could and would be organized is one we could spend all day talking about. With Pride Month as inspiration, we recommend for those most meticulous of shelfie curators, to perhaps try organization by colour? Do it for the 'gram.


Have you ever gotten into a luxurious bath, primed with bathbomb, candles, and a great read, set to relax when all of a reach for that glass of wine and your book bites the bubbles? Don't fret. Check out this video guide to learn how to rescue a wet book.


Forget spring cleaning–a BookRiot reader explains why they'll be keeping their bookshelves full and their TBR stacked this season.



What Else We're Reading


Our pick this week is David Goudreault's Mama's Boy Behind Bars


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