April seems to have just flown by. But I must say, I'm enjoying the longer days (especially longer when you live North of 60) and the break in those frigid temperatures-- it's supposed to hit the double digits, the positive double digits, by week's end. I'll believe it when I see it, but it's hard not to be happier and more optimistic in the spring is it not? Let's see.. segue... segue... Oh, longer days will mean more reading time, right? And speaking of reading, check out these highlights (imho) from the April roundup:
1. Amy reads a fascinating sounding book called Places Far From Ellesmere, which author Anita van Herke labels as geografictione.
2. Both Shan and Luanne review Will Ferguson's latest, 419.
3. Christa reviews Linden MacIntyre's Why Men Lie? which is not, as the title suggest, some sort of dating book. Instead Christa refers to it as a sort of companion piece to The Bishop's Man. MacIntyre is visiting Yellowknife in June for the Northwords Writers Festival.
Of course, I enjoyed reading all your reviews last month, as I hope you all did as well. What reviews stood out for you?
Moving onto the prizes, last month I asked put readers on a scavenger hunt to learn a little about some of the Canadian Book Challenge participants. Below are the clues and answers:
1. "A small-town, country girl. A teacher and an artist." - Melissa
2. "...a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries." Bill
3. "a software developer and mother of two who enjoys reading, knitting and playing word games." - Paulina
4. "live[s] in Toronto, Canada, with [her] husband, Gord, and [their] two kitties, Morgan and Crumpet." - Teena
And while I had many entries, I could only randomly choose one winner, and a hearty congratulations goes out to Anita. For her efforts, Anita wins the following fantastic prize pack kindly donated by Harbour Publishing:
1. The Odious Child and Other Stories (by Carloyn Black)
2. The Year of Broken Glass by Joe Denham
3. A Walk with the Rainy Sisters by Stephen Hume
Which brings us to the latest contest. This month I've drawn inspiration from Melwyk at The Indextrious Reader. Melwyk has themed her selections for the Canadian Book Challenge as "Small-Press Palooza." With that in mind, I've taken a partial list of small presses in Canada and included them below, most of which are gleaned from Melwyk's blog, but I've thrown in a few more as well. To win next month's prize, Jocelyne Allen's You and the Pirates, donated by the Workhorsery, all you have to do is check out the links below and in the comment section below tell me three books, chosen from 3 separate small Canadian publishers, as well as why you'd like to read them. A random winner will be chosen from all those who enter:
1. The Workhorsery
3. Coteau Books
4. Lazara Press
5. Goose Lane Editions
6. Brick Books
7. Brindle and Glass
8. Vehicule Press
9. Thistledown Press
10. Breakwater Books
11. Theytus Books
12. Arbeiter Ring Publishing
13. Arsenal Pulp Press
Don't forget to add your May review links at the roundup post!