IPPY Awards, or the Independent Publisher Book Awards are presented to the year's best titles published in these important and growing divisions of independent publishing (including self-publishing). It was reaffirming to see a few of the titles I had reviewed awarded. It means that the books that I liked or resonated with me are something … Continue reading 2018 IPPY Awards for Canadian Titles
Mariam Pirbhai was born in Pakistan and lived in England and the Philippines before emigrating to Canada. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her short stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. Outside People and … Continue reading Outside People and Other Stories by Mariam Pirbhai
Quebec author Will McClelland has published his debut novel, The Minted (2016, Blue Leaf Press) to some impressive reviews. Quill & Quire noted: "The Minted is nothing like the CanLit with which we are all so familiar." In his acknowledgements, Mr McClelland confesses: "This book is very much a product of "my first fine careless … Continue reading The Minted by Will McClelland
This ambitious debut novel (420 pages) by Ms Guzzo-McParland is an epic story of an Italian family emigrating to Canada, some (like Caterina the narrator) to join their family, others (like her older friend Lucia) to meet husbands for the first time. They make the voyage by the sea in the late 1950's onboard the Saturnalia, from which the story takes its title. Caterina, her mother Teresa along with Lucia the teenage proxy bride are "the women" of the Saturnalia.
he HMCS Winnipeg is a frigate in the Canadian Navy, and it is also the ship that Ordinary Seaman (OS) Nicola Peffers served aboard for approximately two years, starting in 2009. Fresh out of marine electrical training, she boards ship in Hawaii, full of optimism, excitement and national pride. Refuge in the Black Deck is … Continue reading Refuge in the Black Deck: The Story of Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers by Nicola Peffers