December 6, 2019

Reviewed by Wendy Hawkin

In his latest crime novel, Vancouver author, Dietrich Kalteis, offers a nail biter as dark and gritty as a Kansas duster. The story would seem apocalyptic were it not set in 1930s America. A wind of sympathy buffets the underdogs as they try to...

November 2, 2019

In November, emerging writers from across the world strike out to produce their first novels as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Canada also learns who wins the Giller Prize, the country's most coveted literary award. These are the two bookends of the...

November 2, 2019

Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw

I met Bill Arnott at an Indigo book signing in Vancouver. He had discovered me through my copious Facebook postings about the first leg of my cross-country book tour. Tall and blue-eyed with an infectious smile, Bill could very well have been...

November 2, 2019

Reviewed by Timothy Niedermann

Mad Hatter is an impressive, emotional, disturbing, and, finally, extremely rewarding novel. Author Amanda Hale emphasizes in her Afterword that her book, though based on real events in her family, is fiction: it “is my father’s story, as...

November 2, 2019

Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw

Ottawa writer Susan Taylor Meehan's latest novel is a beautiful account of the clash between socialist ideals and Canadian conservatism in the 1930s. Her setting is the fictitious town of Halcyon, Saskatchewan, a small farming community hit h...

November 2, 2019

Reviewed by Amanda Hale

The Marginal Ride Anthology is a great read. Two stories each from eight writers on the topic of marginality, and how to negotiate a way through the world from that place. Set in various locations across the globe, drawing on both memory and curr...

October 6, 2019

We invite you to enjoy the insights of our core and guest reviewers on some wonderful new works of Canadian fiction. This month, ORB takes a look at Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis, Days by Moonlight by André Alexis, The Last News Vendor by Michael Mirolla and The Gr...

October 6, 2019

Reviewed by Menaka Raman-Wilms

Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis is a book that is both unassuming and quietly powerful. It’s a collection of short stories, each with their own independent characters who are dealing with different situations, but are connected by the ex...

October 6, 2019

Reviewed by Timothy Niedermann

You’ve got to be careful with writers as talented, articulate, and well read as 2015 Giller Prize winner André Alexis. With all the themes, allusions, references, and symbols they inject into their writing, it can be hard to know when they...

October 6, 2019

Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw

When fantasy pushes aside the lucid remonstrances of the banal, that is where you will find Michael Mirolla. He has delivered in his newest novella, The Last News Vendor, the quintessential metamorphosis of the observer to the observed and at...

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Contributors to
the February 2020 Issue

Wendy Hawkin

Timothy Niedermann

Ian Thomas Shaw

 

 

 

2020 RBC Taylor Prize Finalists in Conversation

International Festival of Authors

February 27, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Panel Discussion, Q & A

Brigantine Room

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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