Author: Angel Cruz

Canada Reads 2017: The Defence

It’s that time of year again! Canada Reads is back with five new books and the Canadian celebrities who plan to defend them. Every year, Canada tunes into CBC to watch four days of painstaking debate on the book that Canadians should be reading right now. We’ve assembled three of our Canadian book lovers to defend their chosen titles and to participate in our very own WWAC Reads Canada Reads. In 2015, Angel won defending Ru by Kim Thuy and Ardo won last year defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. Who will win this year? We’ll find out! Angel Cruz...

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Not Quite a Red Carpet Welcome for the Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek Jen Wilde Swoon Reads March 14, 2017 Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher. Fan conventions are a singular kind of experience and are definitely not for everyone. For many fans, across all kinds of media, the three days to a week spent geeking out inside a convention hall could be paradise itself or could be a tedious series of lines, panels you can barely see, and terrible food. I know I’ve certainly experienced both over the years, and it’s those experiences that Jen Wilde brings out in her debut novel Queens of Geek. Female...

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Sing Once Again with S. Jae-Jones of Wintersong’s Strange Duet

Every year, there’s a novel that catches my eye and I know, without a doubt, that it will be different. Not just new, not just exciting, but the kind of different that wrecks you just a little bit, draws you into the deep of the forest and brings you back changed. In fall 2016, I found a book that is going to do precisely that for readers this year: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Liesl’s talent in musical composition has always taken a backseat to her two siblings’ welfare, and caring for her younger brother, a piano prodigy, takes up much of...

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Fangirl and Feminist Forever: An Interview with Sam Maggs

You may have seen her on various nerdy platforms and sundry, and Sam Maggs wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s all about sharing her brand of geeky media and feminism with everyone she meets. With her first book, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sam brings fangirls of all types together to revel in their geekiness. This year, she’ll be spotlighting 25 amazing women throughout history in Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History (out October 4, 2016). Sam recently chatted with WWAC about the year since Fangirl’s Guide first came out, how her feminism has grown in tandem with...

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The Thursday Book Beat: Moving That Diversity Needle, Inch by Inch

Hello again dear readers! Summer is wrapping up, bringing us closer to a fall full of bookish films and some of the busiest publishing weeks of the year. And while 2016 has been a bit of a banner year for discussions on diversity–well, that wheel keeps turning. The New Yorker kicks us off with a an analysis of the “white status anxiety” trend in fiction. Jia Tolentino cuts open the seams of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest and Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel in her essay, and the results are still reflective of the...

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