Small Casts, Big Suspense

Focusing on just a few characters, these YA thrillers and mysteries are packed with subterfuge, subtle clues, and lots of tension. Click on the book title to place your TBPL holds! The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab: Former best friends Ariel and Sera must work together to survive when terrorists attack Ariel’s birthday, intent…

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

John Le Carre is back with his first novel featuring the character of George Smiley in over twenty-five years and weaves in major plot points from many of his previous novels, including the espionage classic, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”.  The main character here is Peter Guillam, Smiley’s former right hand who…

Interview with Simon Rose

Simon Rose has written many books for young people, including The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Sphere of Septimus, and the Shadowzone series, as well as a large number of nonfiction titles. He has been nominated for the Silver Birch, Diamond Willow and Golden Eagle book awards. Born and raised in England, he lives in Calgary, Alberta….

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

In the seventh outing in the Shetland Island series featuring detective Jimmy Perez, author Ann Cleeves has begun to delve deeper into the characters inner lives while still writing an engaging mystery. Besides working with Jimmy, the author has begun to round out the lives and desires of his co-workers, including his long suffering sidekick,…

Interview with Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award shortlisted Yiddish for Pirates and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. Barwin teaches creative writing in the Mohawk College Continuing Education program and…

Interview with Grace O’Connell

Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She…

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner 2049 came out on October 6th,  so why not read the book that started it all: Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the aftermath of World War Terminus, humanity has mostly fled to Mars. People who go to Mars get an android for free. But some of the androids,…

Interview with Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics, he worked for cabinet ministers at Queen’s Park and Ottawa. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the…

Goodbye, things: the new Japanese minimalism by Fumio Sasaki

Lately, you may have heard of “Minimalism” gaining popularity. This is a movement which can be defined in many ways, and I personally like Joshua Becker’s definition: “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it”. I see myself as a minimalist and try…

Case of the Missing Morris Dancer by Cathy Ace

This book’s catchy title caught my eye on a display in the Library, and I’m happy to report it did not disappoint! The story is set in idyllic rural Wales, at the stately home of the eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth who is about to be married. His doting mother is anxious to provide a wedding…

Interview with Lorraine Reguly

Lorraine Reguly, BA/BEd, is an author and English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire. She offers 4 different services on Wording Well: writing/blogging, and editing. She also helps others become published authors! Check out her services and see what she can do for YOU. You can also visit her author site, Laying It Out There. Shauna Kosoris: Your…