The Recommend

Favourites from readers, writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others

The Recommend for Fall 2019: RomComs, Mysteries, Shoe Sellers, and Icons of CanLit

Research shows that most of the books we read are the result of one thing: someone we know, trust, and/or admire tells us it's great. That's why we run this series, The Recommend, where readers, writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

This week we're pleased to present the picks of writers Ian Colford (A Dark House and Other Stories), Ariela Freedman (A Joy to Be Hidden), Farah Heron (The Chai Factor), Sky Curtis (Traps), Heidi L.M. Jacobs (Molly of the Mall), and Denis Coupal (Blindshot).

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Ian Colford recommends Alison Watt's Dazzle Patterns

Dazzle Patterns is a quietly seductive novel, set at the time of the Halifax Explosion, which took place on the morning of December 6, 1917. Clare Holmes, a young woman employed in the glassworks, is injured when a window is blown apart by the blast. Fred Baker, a co-worker, takes Clare to the hospital. Clare, alone in the city, longs for her fiancĂ©, Leo, who is fig …

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The Recommend: November 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author and magazine editor Gary Stephen Ross; YA author and Penguin Canada marketing and publicity manager, Vikki VanSickle; 2014 Governor General's Poetry Award finalist Garth Martens; Sean Dixon, and author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors, Steve Stanton.

The Recommend for September

This week's picks are amazing, from Michael Petrou, Frances Peck, Jennifer Kervin, Christine Fischer Guy, and Steve Stanton.

The Recommend: August 2014

Six books you must read, as brought to you by acclaimed writers Deryn Collier, Doretta Lau, Dave McGimpsey, and John Vigna, as well as one of Kobo's trailblazers, Nathan Maharaj.

The Recommend: July 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author Bill Gaston (The World); writer and speculative fiction blogger, Christa Seeley; essayist, editor, and digital media professor, Bruce Gillespie; author and teacher Kim McCullough (Clearwater); and Steve Stanton, author and former president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.

The Recommend: June 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of author and musician Dave Bidini (Keon and Me); author Anakana Schofield (Malarky); Bare It For Books founder and Centrediscs recording/licensing manager Allegra Young; UK-based author and filmmaker Jeff Norton (Metawars); author Saleema Nawaz (Bread and Bone); librarian and lit blogger Casey Stepaniuk; and Steve Stanton, author and president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors.

The Recommend: May 2014

This week we're pleased to present the picks of Steve Stanton, author and president of Canada's national association of science fiction and fantasy authors; Kate Fitzgerald Bryden, author, most recently, of No Place Strange; Barbara McVeigh, teacher-librarian with the Peel District School Board; Charlotte Ashley, writer, editor, and bookseller; and Lynne Perednia, Washington State-based middle school librarian.

The Recommend: April 2014

We're pleased to present the picks of multimedia artist and author Vivek Shraya; Vancouver librarian and lit fest organizer, Heidi Schiller; Laurie Grassi, Books Editor at Chatelaine; Dee Hopkins, editor and lit blogger extraordinaire; and Carrie Snyder, author and finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Fiction.

The Recommend: Picks By MadeleineThien, Karen Connelly, Katherine Govier, Gillian Gerome

We are thrilled today to have picks from Karen Connelly, Katherine Govier, Madeleine Thien, and Gillian Jerome, women who are among the most exciting voices in CanLit today.

The Recommend: March 2014 #1

This week's The Recommend spans wide territory; our esteemed panel's picks include historical fiction, magic realism, science fiction, sea lore, and a ghost thriller.

The Recommend: February 2014 #2

This week Ali Bryan (Roost), Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Eliza Robertson ("My Sister Sang"), Jowita Bydlowska (Drunk Mom), and Cathy Marie Buchanan (The Painted Girls) tell us about books they love a lot. 

The Recommend: February 2014 #1

We all know that most of the books we read are the result of one thing: someone we know, trust, and/or admire tells us it's great. That's why we're starting our new series, The Recommend. Every two weeks, we'll reach out to people whose taste we respect and ask them to tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

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