In Review: The Week of May 6th

May 11, 2019

This week we rounded up books for two important events: CMHA Mental Health Week and Mother's Day; continued our interview series for Short Story Month, and got TCAF ready with a new graphic novel.

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On the Blog



~ For CMHA Mental Health Week we rounded up 10 books that speak to the struggles mental illness brings from addiction to depression to body dysmorphia and more.

~ With this coming Mother's Day we suggested books for all kinds of moms from the new mom who doesn't have the time to read a novel right now to the teenager-at-heart mom with a rebellious streak.

~ Our Short Story Month series continued with Dead Flowers (Nightwood Editions) by Alex Laidlaw who says of his collection "Narrative prose from a writer more often prone to play the typewriter as a percussion instrument."

~ Our Friday read was Alexandra Karb's harrowing personal memoir Trapped: A Mother's Quest to Reclaim Her Daughters (Guernica Editions), recounting the author's courageous 20-year-battle to protect her children.





Around the Web


~ How do you make Netflix stop guilt-prompting "Are You Still Watching?" Binge books instead.



~ But also film adaptations of books: Patrick deWitt's French Exit is getting the big screen treatment with Michelle Pfeiffer as the lead.

~ Ali Bryan's ALU favourite The Figgs is shortlisted for this year’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.




What Else We're Reading


Our staff pick this week is Kat Verhoeven's graphic novel Meat & Bone (Conundrum Press), debuting at TCAF!






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