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Craig Russell Night Table Recommendations

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 1:58pm

All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (Coach House Books)

The perfect length for visiting friends and relatives to finish before they've overstayed their welcome. Original, witty, fun and touching, Andrew Kaufman's novel All My Friends are Superheroes should be on every guest room night table. Just check their bags before they leave.

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Dennis Cooley Night Table Recommendations

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:44am

Too Bad by Robert Kroetsch (University of Alberta)

Kroetsch has created a lot of wonderful stuff and he keeps doing something different. In this, his latest book, he writes an hilarious autobiography of sorts in short and highly readable poems. They combine childhood memories and often embarrassing stories about his life as an adult writer. If at some point you don't laugh out loud or feel a catch in your thoughts you aren't reading. Almost everyone has noted the humour in Kroetsch's books; we have less often noticed the anguish that is in them. This book gives us both in a fresh and winning way.

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Allyn M. Manuel Night Table Recommendations

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:24pm

Reading is a journey - an opportunity to explore the unknown. When I read, a book must meet this expectation, transporting me to different parts of the globe and acquainting me with the arts of a foreign culture. Two examples of this which I am currently reading are A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi and The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim.

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Marilyn Bowering Night Table Recommendations

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 3:07pm

The books I'm reading are piled high on the chest at the end of my bed and are also scattered throughout the house: on the 'telephone' table, the footstool in the living room, in the bathroom. I tend to put books where I'll get to them as I move through my day: there's another small pile where I eat my breakfast-some quick reads-manuscripts to glance at and assess or books I might review. At the moment, because I'm working on many writing projects and in four different genres, what I'm reading has to have a personal valence or nutrient: this is reading as survival, and they are books that have no relationship to anything I *have* to do.

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Wayne Tefs' Night Table Recommendations

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:21am

The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry.

A powerful novel by an Irish writer. Set in the Donegal area of Ireland in a hamlet close to Sligo, it paints a marvelous picture of small-town life in the 50s and 60s while asking interesting fictional and philosophical questions, such as, "How do we know what really happened when we hear two or more accounts of the same events?" and "Can fictional narrators be trusted?" An intriguing study that goes beyond life into literature.

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