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Penguin Canada’s Daily Delights: a review of In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

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Part of Penguin Canada’s Daily December Delights!

In Falling Snow

“When I came into the ward later in the morning on my way to reception, another was in the boy’s bed. I saw Miss Ivens on her way back to the theatre. I asked her what had happened and she said the end had been peaceful. ‘Sometimes that’s all you can do,’ she said. She must have read the sadness in my face. ‘It’s enough,’ she said. ‘Sometimes you can’t even given them that. And that’s the hardest of all.’

– In Falling Snow, Mary-Rose MacColl

An elderly Australian woman receives an invitation that brings memories flooding back from a time in her life she has tried hard to forget. She imagines being a young woman, in a field hospital in France, watching in wonder the first snowfall she has ever seen. That wonder suffuses the starker landscape of a France at war, of young men dying and strong women doing all they can to save them. Mary-Rose MacColl’s North American debut In Falling Snow is a beautiful World War I tale and a thoughtful meditation on the slippery nature of memory, as well as the roles of women in family, friendship, work, and war across the 20th century.

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Twelve Books of Christmas Giveaway!

Last chance! The Twelve Books of Christmas Giveaway ends TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT EST!

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HoliDee banner 2Books are the gift that keep on giving all year long, right? Right! Enter from November 15th to 30th to win one of twelve book prizes! One book prize will be announced each day from December 1st through 12th. You could win an advance reading copy, trade paperback, or hardcover. Some are autographed by the author!

Ready? Click here to enter! Enter daily!

Prizes (please note that I’ve read most of these, but gently. They are in good to excellent condition):

On the 1st day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Someday, Someday Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe
By Lauren Graham
HARDCOVER

On the 2nd day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Two Justin Halperns

Halpern

 Shit My Dad Says AND
I Suck at Girls(AUTOGRAPHED!)
By Justin Halpern, HARDCOVER

On the 3rd day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Three Fox Girls

The Dark

 The Dark
by…

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Twelve Books of Christmas Giveaway!

HoliDee banner 2Books are the gift that keep on giving all year long, right? Right! Enter from November 15th to 30th to win one of twelve book prizes! One book prize will be announced each day from December 1st through 12th. You could win an advance reading copy, trade paperback, or hardcover. Some are autographed by the author!

Ready? Click here to enter! Enter daily!

Prizes (please note that I’ve read most of these, but gently. They are in good to excellent condition):

On the 1st day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Someday, Someday Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe
By Lauren Graham
HARDCOVER

On the 2nd day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Two Justin Halperns

Halpern

 Shit My Dad Says AND
I Suck at Girls (AUTOGRAPHED!)
By Justin Halpern, HARDCOVER

On the 3rd day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Three Fox Girls

The Dark

 The Dark
by Claire Mulligan
HARDCOVER

holly

On the 4th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
MaddAddamites

MaddAddam

 MaddAddam
By Margaret Atwood
HARDCOVER

On the 5th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Fotheringham

 The Rest is Silence
By Scott Fotheringham
HARDCOVER

On the 6th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
One haunted doctor

My Heart is not My Own

 My Heart is Not My Own
By Michael Wuitchik
TRADE PAPERBACK

holly

On the 7th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Mary Swan’s a-ghosting

My Ghosts

My Ghosts
By Mary Swan
ADVANCE READING COPY

On the 8th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Acts of high treasonRed JoanRed Joan
By Jennie Rooney
HARDCOVER

On the 9th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
One assassin singing

Assassin's Song

The Assassin’s Song
By M.G. Vassanji
AUTOGRAPHED!
HARDCOVER

holly

On the 10th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Karma accruing

The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts
By Shyam Selvadurai
ADVANCE READING COPY

On the 11th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
Eleven pipers piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping
By C.C. Benison
HARDCOVER

On the 12th day of Christmas
my blogger gave to me
One town left over

The Leftovers

The Leftovers
By Tom Perotta
AUTOGRAPHED!
HARDCOVER

Rules & Regs: this contest is put on by me, Dee @ EditorialEyes, and isn’t affiliated with any publishers, or with Twitter, WordPress, or Rafflecopter. Prizes are from my personal library. Winners will be randomly drawn and anyone in the world is eligible (I just can’t promise it’ll get to you in Kuala Lumpur with any haste). I will notify each winner on the day they win (i.e. the winner for the 10th Day of Christmas prize, The Hungry Ghosts, will be announced on December 10th). If the winner cannot provide me with their mailing address within forty-eight hours, I will draw a new winner. Any questions? Contact Dee@EditorialEyes.net.

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Blog Tour: a review of My Heart is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik

Violent political realities in Sierra Leone and their lasting physical and psychological traumas form the backdrop of Michael Wuitchik’s gritty debut My Heart is not My Own. My Heart is not My Ownneck.

“‘What you nem?’ she asks. It’s more of a command than a question. Her tone reminds me of the child soldiers during the war: pushy, demanding attention. Many of the bush wives, unwanted in their home villages, ended up here in Freetown as prostitutes. The young men had AK-47s to trade for motorbikes—the girls had nothing but themselves.

– My Heart is not My Own, Michael Wuitchik

Violent political realities in Sierra Leone and their lasting physical and psychological traumas form the backdrop of Michael Wuitchik’s gritty debut My Heart is not My Own. Once an emergency doctor working in wartorn areas, Dr. John Rourke has never fully recovered from his experiences in Freetown. Now a respected psychologist in Vancouver, he and his wife Nadia, a Croatian refugee, live in an uneasy present, agreeing never to address the horrors they have each seen. But the arrival of a mysterious package—and the news that Nadia is pregnant with their first child—forces John to face his past.

The parcel in question contains the diary of a Sierra Leonan nurse named Mariama Lahai, whom John worked with. Though John was forced to evacuate the night the rebels took control of Freetown, he has never forgiven himself for abandoning Mariama and their doctor friend Momodu Camara, another Sierra Leonan. In Mariama’s diary, he discovers what happened to her in the months after his departure. The subject matter of the novel, seen mostly through these diary entries, is intensely difficult. This fictionalized account of very real brutality doesn’t shy away from rape, mutilation, torture, and murder during the 10-year-long civil war in Sierra Leone.

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The Event: A Tribute to Alice Munro at IFOA 2013

Alice reading Alice, © Getty Images
Alice reading Alice, © Getty Images

On the evening of November 2nd, 2013, a sold-out crowd at the International Festival of Authors rose in a standing ovation at the urging of editor extraordinaire Douglas Gibson, who asked us to “hoot, and holler, and clap our hearts out” so that Alice Munro could hear us all the way in Victoria, BC, where she’s wintering with her daughter. The Fleck Dance Theatre was packed to the rafters, and we were all on our feet, shouting out our love and admiration for the divine Ms. Munro.

Alice Munro has been a quiet giant of the Canadian and international literary landscape for decades, publishing short fiction that reverberates with authenticity about lives, journeys, small towns, and the roles women play. On August 1st (two months before Ms. Munro became the first Canadian ever to win the Nobel Prize for literature), IFOA announced a tribute to her, a “‘who’s-who’ of Canada’s literary community, including other writers, close colleagues and family members, as they present readings of Munro’s work.”  From newer works such as Dear Life and Too Much Happiness to canonical classics Lives of Girls and Women and Runaway, Ms. Munro’s short stories have been a touchstone and a revelation to me—and to many others. The promised who’s-who brought a thrilling mix of authors to the stage: joining host Gibson was Jane Urquhart, Miriam Toews, Colum McCann, Alistair MacLeod, and Margaret Drabble.

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Guest Post by Alex Hoffman: How do people rate Giller Prize winners? 2013 edition!

(adapted from the original 2012 post)

Alex Hoffman, who tweets as @thatguyalex, runs the Metro Toronto Book Club and is the owner of many signed books and even more opinions. With the approach of the Giller announcement this evening, he asked if he could do a guest post. The floor is his. . . 

With the imminent announcement of either Crooked Maid or Cataract City as the 2013 winner, I decided to ruminate on some Giller questions through a guest post here on EditorialEyes.

Do Giller Winners become popular reads?


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The Event: Gordon Korman at IFOA 2013

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When I think about the authors who shaped my formative years, one of the biggest in my pantheon is Gordon Korman, who wrote his first book, This Can’t be Happening at MacDonald Hall, when he was 12 years old. Thirty-five years after MacDonald Hall was published (when Korman was 14), I got the chance to see him in person at the International Festival of Authors. The first in a series of books featuring troublemaking good guys Bruno & Boots, MacDonald Hall was just one of my many go-tos for bookish comedy. Go Jump in the Pool, The Twinkie Squad, Who is Bugs Potter?, and No Coins, Please,  as well as my personal, all-time favourite I Want to Go Home, exemplify the kind of laugh-out-loud, clever, slapstick humour that Korman is known for. His extraordinary heroes got into all kinds of hilarious, super-fun trouble just trying to navigate their ordinary worlds.

Korman is the author of more than 75 books. The beloved titles I read in the 80s and early 90s led him to write books about the Titanic (Unsinkable, Collision Course, and S.O.S.), heist novels involving canines (the Swindle series), and participation in the wildly popular 39 Clues series with other middle grade heavyweights including Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame.

I Want to Go Home

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