What the Soul Doesn’t Want reviewed in Quill and Quire

Lorna Crozier’s stunning new collection, What the Soul Doesn’t Want, will be available in May, but Quill and Quire has an advance review now. They call What the Soul Doesn’t Want “a late-career highlight… [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload.”


Welcome to the Circus shortlisted for the ReLit Award

The “long shortlists” for the 2016 ReLit Awards — for Canada’s best independently published titles — were announced today, and Rhonda Douglas’s Welcome to the Circus finds itself in some nice company on the short fiction list! You can see the announcement and the shortlists here.


Perfect World audiobook available for preorder

An audiobook of Ian Colford’s novella Perfect World is available now for preorder from Audible and will be released on February 14. You can preorder the audiobook here.


Teardown reviewed in the Globe and Mail

Reviewer Steven W. Beattie calls Clea Young’s Teardown “impressive” and “accomplished,” reviewing it alongside Danila Botha’s For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known. You can read the full review here.


Quill and Quire reviews The Weather Inside

Brett Josef Grubisic reviews Emily Saso’s debut novel The Weather Inside for Quill and Quire:

“Acerbic, anti-religious Avery and her “unhealthy coping mechanisms” are a delight to follow.”

The full review is online here.


One Hour in Paris longlisted for Canada Reads 2017

Karyn L. Freedman’s memoir, One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery, has been longlisted for Canada Reads 2017! You can find the full longlist at CBC Books.


Perfect World by Ian Colford reviewed in Atlantic Books Today

Atlantic Books Today has an insightful review Ian Colford’s Perfect World in their winter issue:

“It is Colford’s compassion and his ability to identify with his mentally ill protagonist that carries the reader into a similar comprehension of the man’s dilemma.”

You read the full review (and the rest of the issue) here.


Clea Young on Writer’s Block

When Clea Young, author of the short story collection Teardown, was in Calgary last month, she popped by the CJSW studio to chat with Emily Ursuliak, host of Writer’s Block. There’s a podcast of their interview here, and the podcast also features J. Edward Chamberlin and a reading from Richard Harrison.


The Mystics of Mile End on the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award longlist

We’re so excited to see Sigal Samuel’s The Mystics of Mile End on the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. She’s in some fine company! You can see the full longlist here.


New Review Roundup

Atlantic Books Today reviews Catherine Cooper’s novel White Elephant:

“White Elephant is a brilliant exploration of human nature and relationships.” [more]

Anne Logan reviews Clea Young’s Teardown for her blog I’ve Read This:

“Many of Young’s stories are about this specific time in our lives; deep into marriage, but not deep enough to have a balanced perspective of parenthood within marriage. “Firestorm” is about a young married couple facing their first bout of infidelity, and as a forest fire rages just miles from them, their rage at each other seems just as dangerous. I could be reading into things here, but I suspect that Young (like myself) is just fascinated with this strange time in our lives, especially because we are experiencing it alongside many of our friends, and it is most entertaining to observe how we all deal with it.” [more]

And All Lit Up features The Weather Inside by Emily Saso for First Fiction Fridays, calling it “deliciously surreal.” [more]