In Review: The Week of June 8th

June 12, 2020

THIS WEEK: Author interviews, grizzly transformations, Pride Month celebrations, 15th century art and obsession, porta-potties turned little libraries and more!

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~ Author Brad Smith chatted with us about his new novel  The Goliath Run (At Bay Press), about a mother take fate into her own hands against the extremes of right wing politics after her daughter is killed in a mass shooting in a Pennsylvania schoolyard. Brad discussed tackling tough subject matter while remaining thoughtful, and what he is working on now.

~Multi-award winning playwright Matthew Mackenzie shared more on his new play Bears (Playwrights Canada Press) – an ode to nature, a recognition of Indigenous rights and the complex nature of the oil industry in British Columbia.

<<We celebrated Pride Month with a colourful cover collage of LGBTQ+ titles – just some of the books available right now for 20% OFF through June on All Lit Up when you use the code PRIDE at checkout + free shipping on orders within Canada.

~ We discovered Zsolt Alapi's first work of fiction Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (DC Books), about one man's obsession with a 15th century work of art and a search for meaning on the streets of Montréal. Poetic, erotic, gritty and heartbreaking–Alapi's writing has all the explicitness of Henry Miller and Bukowski mixed with a wordplay the likes of literary greats Nabokov and Pynchon.






Around the Web


~ Book Riot explores the psychological phenomenon of feeling emotionally hung up on a book long after you have finished reading it.

~ The longlist for the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic was announced this week and included some great titles from the All Lit Up canon, including:

        Days by Moonlight by André Alexis (Coach House Books)

       The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution

       by Lisa de Nikolits (Inanna Publications)

       Even That Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand (Invisible Publishing)

       The Weight of Snow by Christian Guay-Poliquin, translated by David Homel (Talonbooks)

~Are Porta-Potties the next little libraries? A community in Lanarkshire, Scotland is taking reading on the toilet to the next level...






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