In Review: The Week of June 30th

July 4, 2020

This week we shared our summer reading picks, chatted with publisher Book*hug Press about our #ALUbookclub pick Polar Vortex, talked writing and rituals with Gary Barwin, and more!

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~ In the new world of staying home, we armchair travel with author Trevor Carolan who chats with us about his new book Road Trips: Journeys in the Unspoiled World (Mother Tongue Publishing), what makes a good travel story, and some of his fave travel spots.  "Serious travel writing is a kind of research journalism that above all depends on careful observation."

~ It's #ALUbookclub time! Get to know our July book Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo and read our interview with publisher Book*hug Press: "We knew just a few pages into reading the manuscript that we were going to make an offer to acquire the publication rights."

~ From award-winners to page-turning stories about friendship to books about burlesque, All Lit Up staffers share book picks for our social-distance summer reading.

~ Poet and author Gary Barwin talks to us about writing rituals, the wonder of language, and his collection For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe (Wolsak and Wynn):  "I used to sacrifice something before I started, but I found that I got blood on the keyboard. What is a ritual? I’ve found that I ritualistically try to be open to writing anywhere and at any time and try not to be too precious about it."

 

 

 

 

Around the Web

~ CBC Books recommends 40 Canadian books to read this summer.

~ The 2020 Atlantic Book Awards winners were announced and included some All Lit Up favourites: Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson (Biblioasis); Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books); Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers: Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 by Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions); Crow by Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions); and Belated Bris of the Brainsick by Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions). 

~ And if you want to support Atlantic authors and publishers, check out Atlantic Books Today's #ReadAtlantic campaign.

 

 

 

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Long Reads to Fill Even Longer Summer Days

 

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We like BIG BOOKS and we cannot lie. Check out some of our recommended reads that clock in around 400+ pages—all stories you'll be happy to spend some extra time with!


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