"A girl was never ruined by books," my mother used to say. I've spent most of my life trying to prove that wrong.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Books to Read This Summer in Preparation for Next Year's Book Groups

Okay, the booklists for the five book groups I lead in Montreal libraries are all set up. Here's what we'll be reading in the English groups, just in case you want to get a head start.

In no particular order:

The Heart, AKA Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Huraki Murakami

The Door by Magda Szabo

Commonwealth by Anne Patchett

The Light between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Sweetland by Michael Crummey

The Girl Who Was Saturday night by Heather O'Neill

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Doing the Heart Good by Neil Bissoondath

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (Tr. Sandra Smith)

Doing the Heart Good by Neil Bissoondath

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Brooklyn, a novel by Colm Toibín

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

To the End of the Land by David Grossman

Hag-seed: Shakespeares' The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Et dans le groupe francophone:

Doerr, Anthony Toute la lumière que nous ne pouvons voir

Kerangal, Maylis Réparer les vivants

Arcan, Nelly Putain

Grenier, Daniel L'année la plus longue

Morrisson, Toni Beloved

Erdrich, Louise Dans le silence du vent

Schmitt, Eric- Emmanuel La part de l'autre

Barbeau- Lavalette, Anaïs La femme qui fuit

Dickner, Nicolas Six degrés de liberté

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway: The Winners Announced!

The Goodreads Giveaway  for Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move ended on the weekend.  Here are the winners: Kal Adler, Steven Telly and Muayad Aldarweesh.  They should be getting their copies soon.

And for those of you who didn't win, but who would like to read the book anyway, it should be in any good independent bookshop and here are links to on-line places: McNally Robinson, Chapters-IndigoAmazon.ca , and Amazon.com,

Monday, April 17, 2017

Road through Time: Come Celebrate Its Release!

The box with the first copies of Road through Time arrived last week, and this morning I went looking for goodies to share with my friends who will be with us on Thursday when we do the official launch.

So I'm hoping there will be lots of people at the launch.  And for those who can't make it, I'll also be taking part in  a panel at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival on the following Thursday, April 27.  It's called Latin America Packaged in English, and I'll contribute some stories about my adventures in Peru and, particularly, Brazil. 

Then on Saturday, April 29, I'll be at Librairie Clio's Authors for Indies event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  It'll be a chance to talk informally about the book and about books in general.