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IN THE BODY and in demand: Baggio confirms November readings

Allison Baggio and her story collection, In the Body (ECW Press 2012), called “audacious” by the Toronto Star, are hitting the road this November. These readings take Baggio throughout Southern Ontario, and follow her recent appearances at Word on the Street and on the National Post‘s books blog, which she guest-edited for a week.

Forthcoming appearances for the In the Body author are as follows: Continue reading

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New fiction by critically acclaimed writer Martin Mordecai!

Jamaican Canadian writer author short story middle grade award winningFor adult fans of Martin Mordecai‘s critically acclaimed middle-grade novel, Blue Mountain Trouble (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic 2009), here’s great news: Mordecai’s hauntingly beautiful short story “Tree” has just been published in issue 13 of the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. 

“Tree,” which tenderly and honestly explores the dynamic between a young woman and her surrogate grandfather, is sure to whet readers’ appetites for Mordecai’s forthcoming fiction: both a collection of short stories and a first adult novel, Free, are in progress.

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Double exposure for Gretchen Roedde’s A DOCTOR’S QUEST

Dr Gretchen Roedde book third developing world maternal women's health infant mortalityDr. Gretchen Roedde, author of the bestselling A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn 2012), is the subject of two recent profiles: one by the Toronto Star’s Catherine Porter, and another by Norm Tollinsky of the Northern Ontario Medical Journal.

Highlighting Dr. Roedde’s work in the developing world, Porter lauds A Strange Calling–”part diary, part medical journal, and wholly dizzying“–and Dr. Roedde for her ”devotion to suffering women and her fury at the world’s broken promises and failed efforts to help them.”

The Northern Ontario Medical Journal, on the other hand, takes an extended look at the issues at the heart of Dr. Roedde’s life’s work, and notes recent advances in mother-and-child health care, including decreased rates of teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The profile, available online, is an excellent primer for anyone interested in international women’s health issues.

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Baggio’s short fiction is long on appeal: Toronto Star

short stories story collection by Girl in Shades author BaggioThe 49th Shelf named Allison Baggio‘s In the Body (ECW Press 2012) one of the fall’s most-anticipated books, and for the Toronto Star, the collection did not disappoint!

On Friday the Star reviewer called the debut collection, Baggio’s follow-up to her novel Girl in Shades, “one of the most audacious books I’ve read this year,” and confessed she’s eagerly awaiting subsequent Baggio books: 

But there is sense that nothing these characters do should be taken too seriously. I often need a good laugh or even a brief giggle as I am reading so I look forward to Baggio’s next book….Baggio is too good a writer to attempt only one genre.

The full Toronto Star review of In the Body is now available online.

Congratulations, Allison!

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Richard Scarsbrook to celebrate Canadian writing at BookFest Windsor

writer Scarsbrook children's young adult Monkeyface Featherless Bipeds Cheeseburger SubversiveAward-winning writer Richard Scarsbrook returns to BookFest Windsor this weekend to help the Southwestern Ontario city celebrate the variety of writing the region, and Canada as a whole, has to offer. Scarsbrook’s BookFest duties include moderating readings by winners of BookFest’s student poetry contest; running a creative writing workshop for young adults; and discussing writing for teens as part of a CBC-moderated panel.

Scarsbrook’s first BookFest appearance in 2010 marked the publication of The Monkeyface Chronicles (Thistledown Press 2010), for which Scarsbrook would later win the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Continue reading

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A doctor continues her quest: Gretchen Roedde launches book on maternal health

It looks like congratulations are just what the doctor ordered! After a well-attended launch featuring a reading by Dr. Gretchen Roedde, a speech by Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, and music by Dave Patterson, Dr. Roedde’s A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn 2012) is in reprint! Highlights of the festivities are available on YouTube. Special thanks go to host Chat Noir Books for such a successful evening!

The launch followed Dr. Roedde’s appearance on CBC Radio’s Morning North, where she discussed the A Doctor’s Quest and the issue at its core: maternal health in the developing world.

Maternal health care is also the subject of Dr. Roedde’s talk at Rendez-Vous 2012, hosted by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As one of the conference’s plenary speakers, Dr. Roedde is slated to speak on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

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SUBVERSIVE SONNETS meets Waterloo: Pamela Mordecai to read at third fall event

Great news for Southwestern Ontario’s poetry-lovers! There’s now a third launch for Pamela Mordecai‘s Subversive Sonnets (TSAR Publications 2012), and this one’s close to home. Sponsored by the bookstore at Wilfrid Laurier University, Pam’s Waterloo reading is sure to be one of the city’s hottest tickets!

  • What: Pamela Mordecai reads from Subversive Sonnets.
  • When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON.

Previously announced events honouring Subversive Sonnets include September’s individual launch at Toronto’s Beit Zatoun, as well as November’s TSAR group launch at The Gladstone Hotel.

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Gretchen Roedde starts her rounds with A DOCTOR’S QUEST

Dr. Gretchen Roedde began September with a bang: her book, A Doctor’s Quest: The Struggle for Mother-and-Child Health Around the Globe (Dundurn Press 2012), debuted on the Globe & Mail bestsellers list (print edition) a whole week before the book’s official publication date! And it’s on this happy note that Dr. Roedde prepares for her rounds of Ontario bookstores and fall literary festivals.

Dr. Roedde’s tour schedule, and the Globe & Mail bestsellers clipping, is available after the jump. Continue reading

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The Fullness of Fall: HSWLA titles among season’s most-anticipated books

Pam reading in BrooklynIf the book business is an orchard, it’s densest and most varied as leaves begin to turn and stone fruits give way to apples and pears. But with so many new, appealing options, it’s hard to know which to pick and sample first. Happily, book media publish most-anticipated lists that are guaranteed to guide readers through the harvest and satisfy any literary taste!

Following the Quill & Quire list that declared Julia Lin‘s Miah one of fall 2012′s biggest short story collections is a list from Canadian social reading site The 49th Shelf highlighting new works by clients Pamela Mordecai and Allison Baggio.

The 49th Shelf advises readers to look forward to Pamela Mordecai‘s Subversive Sonnets, her first collection of new poems since 2005′s The True Blue of Islands.  In the words of George Elliott Clarke, Subversive Sonnets,  released by TSAR Publications next month, is a series of “sweet, acerbic, scintillating, and sassy” poems that upend the traditional sonnet form.

writer Baggio girl in shades in the body Corey Hart NovelIf stories are more your taste, though, October brings a special treat. Among that month’s most-anticipated books is the first short story collection by Allison Baggio, In the Body (ECW Press). Following last year’s publication of her novel, Girl in Shades, In the Body–called “original, energetic, and utterly captivating” by writer Angie Abdou–illustrates the uncommon variety of experiences and attitudes inspired by the human form.

With fall 2012 titles like these, readers better bring their appetites!

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When Words Collide, the publishing community comes together

This past weekend, the second annual When Words Collide conference brought together writers and readers of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror to celebrate all that Canadian genre fiction has to offer.

Our very own Alison Lohans was on hand to launch the sequel to her Bundoran Press book Collapse of the Veil. Crossings, which continues the saga of sixteen-year-old Katie, is published later this month.

Here Alison and Bundoran Press publisher Virginia O’Dine pause between sessions to show off both books in Alison’s Passage Through Time series:Lohans & O'Dine

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