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The Recommend: January 2016

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 readers, writers, reviewers, bloggers, and others tell us about a book they'd recommend to a good friend ... and why.

This week we're pleased to present the picks of memoirist Brian Brett (Tuco); author Amy Jones (upcoming We're All in This Together), author Ursula Pflug (Motion Sickness), former Ontario premier and Liberal Party leader, Dalton McGuinty; author John Bart (Middenrammers); and poet Adebe DeRango-Adem (Terra Incognita).



Brian Brett picks Ronald Wright's The Gold Eaters

A recent reading treat for me has been Ronald Wright’s The Gold Eaters, a novel that’s both informative and gripping.

Long known as one of the top scholars of Meso-American civilization, Wright caught my attention with the lyrical Time Among The Maya, and I invited him to give a reading on Salt Spring Island where I like to think we became friends, and I’ve followed his career since, including his impressive novels, A Scientific Romance and Henderson’s Spear.

The Gold Eaters tells the story of Waman, a young man who sneaks away on a fishing boat and is captured by the first wave of Pizarro’s conquistadors, becomin …

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Ursula Pflug on Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness Cover

We're taking a look at Art Books throughout November, and so our interview with Ursula Pflug on her new book, Motion Sickness, is timely, considering its remarkable scratchboard illustrations by SK Dyment.

Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed slipstream novel, Green Music. She has published over 70 short stories in professional publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has also been shortlisted for the Aurora, the Sunburst, Pulp Press's 3-Day Novel, Descant's Novella Contest, and many more. Currently, she edits short fiction for The Link and teaches creative writing with a focus on the short story at Loyalist College. Her long awaited and highly praised story collection After the Fires appeared in 2008. Harvesting The Moon, a new collection, was published in 2013 from PS Publishing, a UK boutique press specializing in literary speculative fiction including the Bradbury estate. The Alphabet Stones, was also published by in 2013.

She talks to us about flash fiction, her novel's exoskeleton, how she sees with her extra eyes, and stories "on the verge of now." 


49th Shelf: Motion Sickness is a flash novel, which sounds kind of like an oxymoron. You’re really deliberate in your structure—55 chapters of exac …

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