On this lovely Labour Day Weekend and after our summer break, we are pleased to present our new season of ORB book reviews. In this issue, our core and guest reviewers tackle books by seven Canadian authors. Topping the charts is Cascade, a though-provoking short story collection written by Craig Davidson and reviewed by Timothy Niedermann. Talented Canadian author Ursula Pflug offers us a guest review of A Harsh and Private Beauty by Kate Kelly, in which an ailing Irish immigrant grandmother shares a dark secret with her granddaughter on a train to Chicago. The Butcher of Park Ex by Montreal author and bookseller Andreas Kessaris has to be one of the season's diamonds in the rough. Ian Thomas Shaw offers his insights into this debut short story collection about life growing up in Greek Montreal. And the list goes on to include reviews of Cathy Ace's novel The Wrong Boy, Guglielmo's kafkaesque novel told with black humour, The Transaction, Su Sokol's second novel, Run J Run and Mike Knowles' crime novel Running from the Dead. We hope you enjoy reading these reviews as summer cedes to fall.