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August's Author of the Month: LINDEN MacINTYRE

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:17pm

Linden MacIntyre’s first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. He really hit his stride, however, with his second novel, The Bishop’s Man (2009). It was a number one national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. His work has since gone on to dominate the bestseller lists, topping off an illustrious career in broadcast journalism where he won ten Gemini awards during the twenty-four years he spent as the co-host of the fifth estate.

MacIntyre returns with The Only Café, a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present.

Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn’t let anyone really know him. And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon, the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee. When, in the midst of a corporate scandal, he goes missing after his boat explodes, his teenaged son Cyril doesn't know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is at last declared dead. Which changes everything. (Hardcover. $34.00. Random House. August)

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July's Author of the Month: JULIA GLASS

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:11pm

Born in 1956, Julia Glass studied painting in Paris before working as a copy editor in New York. But she didn't begin to devote herself to fiction writing until her late 30s, following a series of devastating events in her private life: her first marriage ended, she discovered she had breast cancer and, soon after that, her younger sister committed suicide. Reeling from these misfortunes, Glass poured the emotions from these troubling times into her debut novel, Three Junes, which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction and established her as a sensitive chronicler of modern times.

Her sixth book of fiction, A House Among the Trees, is the story of an unusual bond between a revered children’s book author, Mort Lear, and his assistant, Tomasina Daulair.

When Mort dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated directives in his will. They have known each other for more than four decades, and by the end of his increasingly reclusive life, Tomasina found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmate, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood. Now Tomasina must try to honour Mort's last wishes while grappling with their effects.

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