Author: Christa Seeley

WWAC’s Reading Resolutions for 2017

Want to read more sci-fi? What does it mean to “read diversely” and do you need to do more of it? Are you notorious for not finishing your to-read pile? It’s a new year which means a new year because that’s how it works, right? Some of the WWAC contributors have shared their reading resolutions for 2017 and we have total faith in their chances of making them a reality. Christa Seeley: I’m a pretty eclectic reader and I like to see what surprises the publishing industry has in store for us, so I try not to sign up for...

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2016 CanLit Recommendations for Julian Barnes (And Everyone Else Too)

I am a big fan of Canadian literature a.k.a CanLit. But it can sometimes be difficult to find people who share this passion. The two most common reasons I’ve found are 1) people don’t live in Canada and are therefore not exposed to it or 2) they assume it’s all about people in cabins up North trying to survive the elements while having some sort of personal revelation. And while those types of stories do exist (the CanLit premise generator was created for a reason) they are only one part of a larger literary culture. To me CanLit is...

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Dogears: Velvet Wrapped Steel and Homicidal Royals

The Mothers  Brit Bennett Riverhead Books October 11, 2016 Disclaimer: An Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of the book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I found out about this book while reading the October 2016 issue of Vogue. Lupita Nyong’o was on the cover looking gorgeous as usual, and I came across the magazine’s “People Are Talking About” section that featured Bennett and her book. I asked my book friends about it and they convinced me that it was a book I had to read. The Mothers takes place in a black community in southern California...

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The Slight Madness that Make Us Sane: A Q&A with Yann Martel

The 37th International Festival of Authors (IFOA) in Toronto runs from October 20-30 and  has been attended by a number of outstanding authors, including Canada’s own Yann Martel, author of the international bestselling novel Life of Pi. Martel, who currently lives in Saskatoon, is also the author of 2016’s The High Mountain of Portugal — a book which explores love, faith and grief through the eyes of three men who all find themselves in the high mountains of Portugal at one point or another. I count Yann Martel among my favourite authors and can say without a doubt that his work has had a lasting impact...

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