Author: Christa Seeley

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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Born Both: Books about the Intersex Experience

Hida Viloria was raised a girl, but always felt different. It wasn’t just that they were attracted to girls, but unlike many other people in the first world who are born intersex–meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female–Viloria’s parents did not have their genitals surgically modified at birth. Which means Viloria grew up in the body they were born with. Viloria’s new memoir Born Both hits shelves March 14, 2017 and details what it was like growing up intersex, what it was like to find the intersex community later in...

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Snowy Days With Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber: Part One

Welcome to The Bloody Chamber roundtable; a collection of short stories by speculative author Angela Carter. We’ll be discussing the short stories — their themes, the craft and the feelings they’ve elicited — in a four-parted series for every season starting with cold, frosty winter.  We broke up the collection and have started with wolves: The Werewolves, The Company of Wolves and Wolf-Alice. Join us in our discussion and if you have questions you’d like us to address in the upcoming parts, comment below! We’ll list the next set of stories we’ll be tackling in part two at the...

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The Summer of Self Discovery or The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez Lilliam Rivera Simon & Schuster February 21, 2017 Margot Sanchez is a girl torn between two worlds. The first is her home in the South Bronx where she was raised and where her family owns a pair of grocery stores, Sanchez & Sons. The other is the mostly-white, private school she attends called Somerset. Both worlds come with their own sets of rules and expectations, and Margot does her best to try and navigate between them. Her family wants her to do well, to make the right friends, get grades and eventually land a...

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Dogears: My Best Friend’s Exorcism and Diabolic Angels

My Best Friend’s Exorcism Grady Hendrix Quirk Books May 16, 2016 The power of Diet Coke compels you! My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a nostalgic, sweet, and disgusting story about friendship, high school, and demons. There are a few tiny gaps in the narrative and plot, but I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Best book to read while wearing a swatch and leg warmers, but can’t stop vomiting up maggots! —Jennie Law The Diabolic S.J. Kincaid Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers November 1, 2016 In an intergalactic society, humanity has developed Diabolics. They are artificially...

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