February 1, 2020

Reviewed by Wendy Hawkin

This novel is my literary pick for 2019. I rarely buy fiction, especially hardcover novels, but this one jumped off the shelf at my local Indie bookstore, and when a book claims you like that, you have to take it home. Besides, the black, silver...

February 1, 2020

Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw

Phil Brenner's life resembles a house waiting to be torn down and replaced with something bigger and newer. The highlights of his career as a journalist are blurring. He feels unfairly sidelined by the younger generation who show no deference...

December 6, 2019

We hope that this issue might sway your Christmas purchases. Topping our list is The Ghost Garden by Susan Doherty. Winner of the prestigious Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, the novel is a masterpiece. We reviewed The Ghost Garden in the February 2019 issue of the...

December 6, 2019

The Ottawa Review of Books' Caroline Vu interviews award-winning Montreal writer, Susan Doherty, in this month's issue.


 

CV: Congratulations, Susan on winning the Quebec Writers' Federation Non-Fiction Prize for The Ghost Garden! The book has been translated into...

December 6, 2019

Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw

If literary fiction should be primarily interpretative, with its core purpose to help the readers understand the world around them, then The Daughter's Story by debut novelist Murielle Cyr is a brilliant example of this genre. Driven by a wel...

December 6, 2019

Reviewed by Sonia Saikaley

Have you ever felt completely drawn to a story to the point that you imagine being there with the characters, especially the protagonist? Anita Kushwaha’s award-winning novel Side by Side is one such story that draws you from page to page with...

December 6, 2019

Reviewed by Menaka Raman-Wilms

Different Beasts is a book that is both captivating and memorable. It’s a collection of short stories that feature a wide variety of different characters in unique circumstances. Running throughout the book is the common theme of beasts: s...

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...

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Contributors to
the May 2020 Issue

Margo LaPierre

Jerry Levy

Jim Napier

Timothy Niedermann

Ian Thomas Shaw

 

 

 

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