Mars Room

 

Romy Hall is serving two life sentences without parole for murder. She did it. That’s not in doubt. But did she have any choice? Or did life deal her a hand that could’ve had no other outcome?

Rachel Kushner’s third novel is bristling with detail, bursting with love, and heavy with despair.

Should you read it?

My review for CBC Radio’s Day 6 >> listen here

 

Heart Berries cover _ March 2018

 

Heart Berries, the debut memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot, went straight onto the bestseller lists when it was published in Canada last week. But should YOU read it?

My review for CBC Day 6 >> listen here

Co-hosts Becky Toyne and Bohdana BashukHuge thanks to the Shevchenko Foundation and the Kobzar Literary Award committee for inviting me to be a part of their biennial celebration to announce the winner of the Kobzar Literary Award. I had fun co-hosting this year’s festivities at Toronto’s Palais Royale on March 1.

Co-editors Lisa Grekul and Dr. Lindy Ledohowski won the $20,000 prize for their anthology Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home. Their publisher, University of Toronto Press, also received $5,000.

Unbound contributors Erin Moure and Marusya Bociurkiw accept the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Huge thanks too to Bohdana Bashuk, for being my co-hostess with the mostess. We had a fun and fabulous time emceeing the award gala.

For a bit more about this biennial award that recognizes a Canadian book that presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme, Open Book has a nice write-up, here.

 

Top Image: Kobzar Literary Award gala co-hosts Becky Toyne and Bohdana Bashuk

Bottom Image: Unbound contributors Erin Moure and Marusya Bociurkiw celebrate at the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Holiday Reads 2017

 

I made a list, Day 6 gifted it twice!

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, YA, a music biography and (not pictured) an adorable picture book for kids.

What will you find in your stocking this year … ?

Listen to the audio here.

Hanks Weiner SIRI

 

Tom Hanks (of Academy Award-winning actor fame) and Matthew Weiner (of Sopranos and Mad Men fame) have both just released their debut books.

Should you read them?

The “Should I Read It?’ segment gets two for the price of one this week. My review for Day 6 on CBC Radio One >> listen