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2021 Winter Preview - Globe


36 of the best new novels, novellas and nonfiction to carry you through until spring.

Read the full story here

2020 Fall Preview - Globe


After a spring of cancellations and postponements, this year’s literary fall bounty is bigger than ever.

Plan a reading marathon with 68 suggestions >> read it here

Globe Summer Reads


  • Summer Books Preview: 34 of the Season’s Hottest Reads >> Read it here

Literary escapism, armchair travel, nail-biters, family sagas,  famous lives, and encouragement to get outdoors: 34 of the biggest books hitting shelves this summer.


2020 Spring preview - Globe


“To read a new book in spring 2020 is to open a time capsule. Books written, edited and printed before the pandemic must now be read in an altered world – one that’s shrunk and retreated to the confines of four walls.

Something fascinating and almost shocking is to be found in the diurnal detail of a new novel. Take Cordelia Strube’s Misconduct of the Heart, centred around a small restaurant that would now be closed for all but takeout. Or Eimear McBride’s Strange Hotel, in which the protagonist flies off to a series of hotels and commits such unthinkable acts as pressing a concierge’s brass bell with her naked finger.

Dystopian fiction (of which there is plenty) carries a different echo of our present moment. Business tomes must be read through the lens of a new economy. Books about the beauty and power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit feel more urgent (and moving) than ever.

Whether you’re looking for escapism or for answers about our current situation, the spring has a bounty of new books to suit your needs.”

From my 2020 Spring Books Preview for the Globe and Mail.

Publishers and literary events organizers have been working overtime to adapt to a world ushered into lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under an avalanche of cancellation and postponement announcements, I wrote two pieces for the Globe about the impact on the industry:

Canada’s book publishers scramble to cope with the impact of coronavirus >> read it here

While COVID-19 shuts down most book events, FOLD decides the show must go on(line) >> read it here

The literary “season” is upon us, with award nominations coming thick and fast.

Below, a summary of my coverage for the Globe & Mail.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist was announced Sept. 3, the same day that Margaret Atwood was named to the Booker Prize shortlist in the UK (she was on both). Read my story here.

Then, on Sept. 17, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist was announced. For the first time, all five books in contention are written by women. Read my story here.

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist came next, on Sept. 24. No Atwood here, but repeat appearances for André Alexis, Michael Crummey and Alix Ohlin, and a great morning for Canadian independent presses. Read my story here.

On Sept. 30, the Giller Prize longlist was whittled down to a shortlist of six. Past winners Atwood and Alexis failed to make the cut, but Michael Crummey and Alix Ohlin chalked up a second shortlisting each. The shortlisted six  – who hail from across the country – include a majority of writers who are successful in genres beyond fiction (poetry and drama). Read my story here.

I didn’t write about the Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlists this year, but they were announced on Oct. 2, when it became the year of Michael Crummey. He is the only author to appear on all three lists (his novel, The Innocents, is fantastic BTW).


Summer Reads 2019 Globe


Summer’s here! Time for some page turners…

My summer books preview for Globe Books is here.

emerging writers globe may 2019

Informal mentorships have always existed within artistic communities. In recent years, Canadian literary organizations have been formalizing the experience, and giving Canada’s emerging literary talent a boost.

My piece for Globe Books, with gorgeous illustrations of some now-emerged writers who have benefitted.

Thanks to the Writers’ Trust of Canada, RBC Taylor Prize, Canada Council for the Arts, and Diaspora Dialogues for talking to me about their work.

Online story here.

spring preview 2019 globe

As the days grow warmer and the nights draw out, there are still plenty of reasons to dive between the covers.

My spring preview for Globe Books includes 37 hot-off-the-presses titles for all ages and tastes.

Read it online here.

Songs for the Cold of Heart


For my latest “Should I Read It?” review, I talked about a novel that is buzzy in part by virtue of its obscurity.

Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart was a massive bestseller in Quebec, but its English-language translation (released in Canada in July 2018) was relatively unknown until it landed a spot on the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist on October 1.

It’s the odd-one-out on a shortlist filled with books that are already Canadian bestsellers in the English-language market. The Giller nod has given it a huge awareness (and sales) boost.

Should you read it? Here’s my review >> audio

And how is Dupont’s tiny Quebec publisher, QC Fiction, coping with the Giller spotlight? Here’s a piece I wrote for the Globe & Mail.