Vin d'honneur at Ben McNally Books!
If you're in Toronto on Monday, please join us for the vin d'honneur to celebrate our 2013 writers -- and our second year of publishing -- at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St., 5-7 p.m. This is the romance of books. The chance to put writers and readers together. With Stephen Henighan, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Wade Rowland, Jennifer Quist, and Peter Kirby.
Stephen Henighan, author of A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change,
chats with Literary Review of Canada editor Bronwyn Drainie at the LLP
vin d'honneur at Ben McNally Books. [Photo: Linda Leith]
Peter Kirby's Vigilante Season
Publishers Weekly review:
"The novel offers more than a simple tale of the worthy few against the corrupt many. The author, himself a lawyer, provides bold heroes, but he also explores how corruption can be self-sabotaging, the very characteristics that encourage criminal conspiracy driving the conspirators to turn on each other. The result is a novel that, while straightforward, delivers more nuance than is typical for its genre, a promising follow-up to 2012's lauded The Dead of Winter."
"Given the current situation where government corruption is rampant, where gentriﬁcation often leads to homelessness, and where authority is often abused, this novel is one for our times. I suggest you pour a glass of Jameson, as would Luc Vanier, then sit back and enjoy a good read. Peter, you’ve done it again!" Anne Forrest, Nuacht (Nov 2013)
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-8 p.m. at Paragraphe, 2220 McGill College, Montreal. Pick up your copy of the new Luc Vanier novel, Vigilante Season. And don't forget The Dead of Winter has just been reissued in a SECOND EDITION!
Congratulations, Peter! Interview Nov 22nd, 2013, with Mutsumi Takahashi, CTV News. And don't forget, The Dead of Winter was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Special limited time offer! Buy your copy of The Dead of Winter on this site only for just $8.95 (print) while quantities last!
A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change, by Stephen Henighan
Stephen Henighan looks at global warming from a social and cultural perspective. "Part biography, part cultural criticism, part jeremiad, Henighan's short volume ranges over the casues, prognoses and ethics of a warming world. Throughout the book, there is constant alarm at humanity's lack of alarmism." -- Times Literary Supplement review, November 8th, 2013, p. 27.
Book launch, Tuesday October 8th at 8 p.m., The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph, Tel. 519-821-3311. Guelph-Mercury review here, and Andrew Vowles' post here.
Watch Stephen Henighan on YouTube.
The Girls of Piazza d'Amore, a quintessential Calabrian love story
The mRb review of The Girls of Piazza d'Amore is now out: Connie Guzzo-McParland's is "a poignant portrait of a simple world fated to change and the idyllic times of childhood that, however remote, none of us can quite manage to leave behind."
Connie Guzzo-McParland writes in The National Post on immigrant writing in CanLit (as a practitioner of the art).
Connie's going to be in New York for two pre-Christmas readings from The Girls of Piazza d'Amore! Thursday December 12 at 6:30 pm at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, together with poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Sidewalk Cafe , 94 Avenue in the East Village, NYC-10009, (212-473-7373); www.sidewalkny.com, together with Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) authors.
"The 'immigration story' is an important and inescapable theme in contemporary literature, certainly in Canada. The Girls of Piazza d’Amore is a welcome addition precisely because it gives us a nuanced understanding of “back home,” why people left and how they got here. What’s more, rural stories have been recounted less than urban ones. Weaving together the personal, communal and global, this makes for much more interesting reading than a sociological tract. The language used is simple, almost spare, a device to tell the story rather than embellish it. Yet, this is also a complex work where the first-person narrator, now an adult living in Montreal, looks back analytically at her hitherto, taken-for-granted childhood." Veena Gokhale, Rover Arts.
Publishers Weekly's review of The Girls of Piazza d'Amore, by Connie Guzzo-McParland, Linda Leith Publishing (LitDistCo, North American dist.), $13.95 trade paper (164p) ISBN 978-1-927535-19-6
"In 1955, the village of Mulirena is on the verge of radical transformation, as more and more families leave Italy to seek new opportunities in North America. Nine-year-old Caterina witnesses the last days of the old way of life before her family immigrates to Montreal. Fiction blurs with memoir in Guzzo-McParland’s debut novel, as the older Caterina, like the author herself, seeks to write a Calabrian love story inspired by memories, finding that she cannot separate the lives of the older girls she admires from the story of the village and its people.... Guzzo-McParland’s characters such as Professore Nucci and U Gruncu (“the crab”) are vivid, and her descriptions of place, customs, clothing, and food are evocative and memorable. The stunning tale of a “marriage by proxy”—in which the bride plans “the best wedding that Mulirena had ever seen,” even though the groom she has not yet met is in Montreal and his brother stands in for him at the ceremony—highlights the tension between the customs of the old world and the unknown future that awaits immigrants in their new home." (Sept.)
Congratulations, Connie! Connie Guzzo-McParland's The Girls of Piazza d'Amore has been shortlisted for the Quebec Writers' Federation's Concordia University First Book Award -- and selected for the Sons of Italy National Book Club (which is based in Washington D.C.) for Fall 2013.
Author Connie Guzzo-McParland
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Love Letters of the Angels of Death is the first novel by Alberta writer Jennifer Quist.
"There is great tenderness in this powerfully emotional novel." -- Philip Marchand, Toronto Star; "A most unusual book" -- The Toronto Star on Jennifer Quist's Love Letters of the Angels of Death; A rave from Michael Hingston in the Edmonton Journal: Jennifer Quist's Love Letters of the Angels of Death is "a surprising, thoughtful and captivating debut that uses death to illuminate all that’s at stake in life itself."
Jennifer Quist on CTV Edmonton, talking about Love Letters of the Angels of Death. First time I've actually seen her "live."
"This book is that rarest of literary portraits, the story of a genuinely happy marriage." -- Elise Moser, Montreal Review of Books. After [Jennifer Quist's] husband lost a parent, she managed her and her husband’s grief “by tuning into his feelings and his perspective. It was a survival measure,” she says. In Love Letters, it is at the core of Carrie and Brigs’s practice of loving marriage. This radical empathy is one of the book’s joys. “During those few days,” Quist explains, “nothing mattered to me but his experience.” Putting her mind to her husband’s experience seems to have fitted Quist beautifully to write from a man’s perspective. She has also benefitted from life with five sons. “I’m outnumbered six to one by men. I’m soaked in the male psyche.”
If I were trying to figure out the Edmonton Journal's top 10 bestsellers in Edmonton, I would figure on Lynn Coady for sure, Alice Munro (two titles), for sure and Joseph Boyden, why not? But you know what? Jennifer Quist comes in at # 5 with Love Letters of the Angels of Death. Nice going, Jenn!
Jennifer Quist [Photo: Sara MacKenzie]
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Saving the CBC: Wade Rowland's impressive campaign to alert us to the crisis facing the CBC continues
Wade Rowland [Photo: Christine Collie Rowland]
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Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service, by Wade Rowland. LLP Singles: Media & Communications. Trade paper ISBN 978-1-927535-11-0. Pub date: 23 March 2013. $14.95 print; $8.95 ePub, Mobi, PDF. You can order your copy at your local bookseller, at indigo.ca and at amazon.ca ! Or you can obtain your copy right here on this website at the special low price of $9.95 (print) !
"This book should be read by everyone who gives a damn about Canada and the publicly owned broadcaster that unites us in telling our own stories on radio and television. Wade Rowland convincingly documents the slow, politically directed erosion of the CBC and he has the expertise to show us how to save, and expand, this vital component in Canadian life. Will we listen to him? I hope to God we have enough sense to do so." -- Farley Mowat
“Consider this an impassioned polemic -- 'debate’ is far too sedate – ignited by the CBC's degradation in recent years and fed by cold rage against the main culprits, yet with a surprising optimism about future possibilities.” -- Rick Salutin, author and Toronto Star columnist.
Was It Good For You? and other recent cartoons by Aislin
You can find details of Terry Mosher's latest collection here.
Downloadable image of Terry Mosher here.
LLP vin d'honneur in Toronto, October 28th
Linda Leith Publishing invites you for a vin d'honneur to celebrate our 2013 writers -- and our second year of publishing -- at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St., Toronto on Monday, October 28th, 5-7 p.m. Please join us to toast Wade Rowland, Jennifer Quist, Stephen Henighan, Connie Guzzo-McParland, and Peter Kirby.
This is the romance of books. The chance to put writers and readers together.
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Tweets from Margaret Atwood: August 13, 2012 @MargaretAtwood: Vision, dedication, generosity of spirit: new publishing by Linda Leith, who also ran the Blue Metropolis Festival; April 14, 2012 @MargaretAtwood : Linda Leith's new publishing venture.
And check out these recent posts on our online literary magazine Salon .ll.
The Finder, and other Mythical, Sex-related Superpowers, part I and part II, by Jennifer Quist
Ten Steps to Riches, Step Six, by Felicia Mihali: Buying a Car and a Home
Walking Through the Trees, part I, part II, part III, by Kenneth Radu
The Science of the Dolce Vita, by Davide D'Alessandro
La Gelateria, by Davide D'Alessandro
How to Eat Like an Italian, by Davide D'Alessandro
2103 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlists announced.
Recovering Thrills: The Globe and the Tate Modern, by Kenneth Radu
A Marvellous Midsummer Night's Dream, by Linda Leith
Introducing Jennifer Quist, a Q & A on the eve of publication of Love Letters of the Angels of Death
Connie Guzzo-McParland, in conversation with Linda Morra
Mont-Royal métro, by Will Aitken and correspondents
Luc Vanier and the Vigilantes, by Pamela Davison
Daiwoo, by François Bon, Part One, translation by Alison Dundy and Emmanuelle Ertel
Daiwoo, by François Bon, Part Two, translation by Alison Dundy and Emmanuelle Ertel
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