With the June issue and the start of our summer hiatus, the Ottawa Review of Books brings to a close its eighth year of offering you our insights into Canadian literature. True to our mandate, ORB reviews have always covered the works of both established and emerging writers. And that spectrum is exemplified in Timothy Niedermann’s review of John Metcalf’s memoir Temerity and Gall and Ranga Iyer’s review of the independently published memoir Self Help Trash Pigeons by inconspicuous author Jonathan Z Pigeon. In-between, there is Montreal novelist Rana Bose, whose latest novel, Shaf and the Remington, hits it out of the ballpark. Also on the podium in this issue are other first-class works of fiction: All Creatures Weird and Dangerous by Timm Otterson, The Corpse with the Turquoise Toes by Cathy Ace and Arlene F. Mark's short story collection Imaginary Friends. We hope you enjoy these reviews, and we wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to reconnecting in September.
Best wishes from the Review Team of the Ottawa Review of Books.