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First Fiction Friday: Almost Brave, Sometimes Kind

Katie Bickell's debut novel  Always Brave, Sometimes Kind (Brindle & Glass) is a loving, gritty ode to everyday Albertans through an era of social and political change in the province. Told in a series of interconnected stories that span the cities and rural reaches of the Wild ... Read more

In Review: The Week of September 21st

This week on the blog: the ALU Indie Reading Room, author interviews, a stunning debut, and more. 


By Denis Coupal

When financier Paul Carignan is hit by a stray bullet and killed in Beaufort, Quebec, the town leaders seem reluctant to investigate. Running out of patience, his teenage sons, Jack and Noah, take justice into their own hands--and kidnap the locals they suspect are responsible. ... Read more

A Place Called Sorry

By Donna Milner

Growing up in the 1930s, Adeline Beale knows little of the outside world or the looming shadows of a second world war. Addie—as her grandfather Chauncey Beynon Beale affectionately calls her—believes that everything she could ever want or need is to be found on Chauncey’s ... Read more

Carol Rose Daniels (GoldenEagle)

Carol Rose Daniels (GoldenEagle) is Cree/Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan. She is a published novelist, poet, playwright, visual artist, and musician. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary (2015). A second novel, Narrows of Fear, is forthcoming ...

Writer's Block: Kate Braid

Drawing from her own lifetime of experiences as a construction worker, Kate Braid brings us her newly published collection  Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman (Caitlin Press). We welcome Kate to the ALU blog and chat more about how working in construction sparked her ... Read more

Beautiful Books: Forgotten Work

We think you'll agree that book designer Ingrid Paulson's work on Jason Guriel's rock ‘n’ roll cli-fi novel Forgotten Work (Biblioasis) is off the charts: a peek into a time-tripping work of spec fiction, this is a cover that is anything but forgettable. Below, Ingrid ... Read more

Character Study: The Lightning of Possible Storms

Jonathan Ball's  The Lightning of Possible Storms (Book*hug Press) is a collection of short fiction that blends humour, horror, and straight up sci-fi in a multi-faceted literary ride that's pretty perfect for a wonderfully weird trip on the big screen. That's why we collaborated ... Read more

Erella Shadmi

Erella Shadmi is a feminist, peace and anti-racism activist and scholar living in Israel. She co-founded Kol Ha'Isha (Jerusalem feminist centre), the Fifth Mother (a women's peace movement), and the Ashkenazi women's group established to contemplate on Ashkenazi racism. She ...

Jean Eng

Jean Eng is a writer and visual artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her paintings have been exhibited in Canada, the U.S. and Japan. They also hang in public and private collections including the Government of Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in Canada, the U.S., ...