It's August, and the buzzing has started already. Late summer sees the release of David Bergen's The Age of Hope, his follow-up to the award-winning The Matter with Morris. Former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant has written 28 Seconds, his account of the 2009 altercation that resulted in a cyclist's death. Y is the first novel by Marjorie Celona, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, the story of a girl who begins her life abandoned on the doorstep of the YMCA. Poet Lorna Crozier has written The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Every Day Things, a series of prose meditations which, as Giller-winner Esi Edugyan writes, "raises the objects of everyday life into things of alien beauty." Detective novelist Louise Penny has released her latest Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, The Beautiful Mystery, about murder among monks at a remote monastery in Northern Quebec (to the soundtrack of Gregorian chants). Doug Saunders follows up his award-winning Arrival City with The Myth of the Muslim Tide. And Susan Swan's new novel is The Western Light, a return to the life of Mouse Bradford, heroine of Swan's 1993 novel The Wives of Bath.
Five Great Political Biographies:
John A, The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn
This is the first volume of a vivid, multi-dimensional portrait of a fascinating character and his times, by one of Canada’s finest political pundits. Gwyn combines contemporary insights, anecdotes, and impeccable research for this biography of our Founding Father, who created a country that is, in Gwyn’s view, a miracle of peacefulness, diversity, and determined un-Americanness. Volume 2 coming this fall.
A powerful double biography of Sam Hughes, Canada’s war minister, and Arthur Currie, who commanded Canadian troops during World War One. I am not usually drawn to military history, but Cook uses the hatred between these two men as a brilliant framework within which to explore questions of Canada's role in the war, the need to place blame for the terrible blood loss, and our discomfort with heroes.