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The Recommend: June 2017

Research shows that most of the books we read are the result of one thing: someone we know, trust, and/or admire tells us it's great. That's why we run this series, The Recommend, where writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

This month we're pleased to present the picks of Jennifer LoveGrove (Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes), Marjorie Celona (Y), Veronika Martenova Charles (The Land Beyond the Wall), Leanne Dunic (To Love the Coming End), and Danika Stone (Internet Famous).


Jennifer LoveGrove recommends RM Vaughan's Troubled

This is a poetry collection about a love affair. About the end of a love affair. About a relationship between a psychiatrist and a patient. And the patient is the poet.

I’ve been a fan of RM Vaughan’s poetry since I first read it in the 90s, and this 2008 book has all of his characteristic ferocity, wit, and beautiful, devastating imagery. The collection depicts a dangerous, fraught, taboo relationship—one between a psychiatrist and patient. One where the patient, this time, is the poet. To say it is autobiographical would be an understatement; it is fiercely vulnerable, it is the poetry of redemption and vengeance and testimony, and it is devastating and beautiful.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Jennifer LoveGrove



Hi everyone! Welcome back to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

Today, I speak with Jennifer LoveGrove, a poet and novelist who divides her time between the bustle of Toronto and walking her dog among the wild turkeys of the Haliburton region. Her poetry collections are The Dagger Between Her Teeth and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel. Her most recent novel is called Watch How We Walk. All of these titles have been published by ECW Press.

You can find out more about Jennifer and her work at

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the  first podcast features my interview with Jennifer. The second podcast features Jennifer reading from a series of new, unpublished poems.




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