Return of the Book Faeries

A couple of days ago I went to check the mail and was greeted to this:

Woohoo! The new Quill & Quire!

Wait a minute! I haven't subscribed to the Quill & Quire! I've thought about it many times but I haven't actually done it yet.

That leaves only one answer. BOOK FAERIE!

I don't know who the book faerie is this time but Thank You! (I do have suspicions but I'll keep them to myself.)

See who's on the cover? Yep, that's Ami McKay. She's on the cover, mentioned in the "From the Editor", there's a fairly long piece and interview in there, her book is one of the books of the year, her book was also mentioned by a couple of people in the Bonus Picks AND she got to pick a Bonus Pick herself. She's a busy lady!

In the feature/interview Ami is described as "wide-eyed". She may be. But she's also incredibly genuine. And we're all waiting very patiently for her next book, which doesn't come out until 2008.

Something else also mentioned in the piece about Ami is how she uses the internet. In fact there's quite about in this issue about how authors and publishers use the internet. They commend her on how well she's set up a community for her readers with her website, the Birth House website, her blog and her FAQQLY page. Ami wrote a great book about community. Why the heck are they so surprised that she saw the opportunity for the online community?

Now you're starting to ask if there's anything else in this issue. Of course there is! But Ami loves the bloggers and I had to send her some bloggy love.

The reviews have me itching about some books. And I know you guys - you want to know what ones. Just keep in mind that some of these may be *elusive Canadian books*.

  • Dead Man's Float by Nicholas Maes - The reviewer, Bronwyn Drainie, did not like the climax but liked what lead up to it. They described it as "a most curious and rewarding novel." Curious and rewarding - I could be down with that.

  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill. I *know* I've heard of this one before. I just can't quite put my finger on where. But who forgets a book about a 13yo named Baby who is the daughter of single father and heroin-addict Jules. And of course it's in Montreal. For the record - the cover art for the book? So *not* what I was expecting. It's far too...green.

  • Doubting Yourself to the Bone by Thomas Trofimuk. I was vaguely interested in this until the review, Clark Sheldon, said in his review "...but the writer manages to create an overall balance that make the story both emotionally rewarding and entertaining. Until the monks show up." Apparently the monks are the low point of the story. But they caught my attention. Again, cover art totally not what I was expecting...

  • The Ethical Imagination by Margaret Somerville. Honestly - I'll probably never read it. But I'd love for someone else to and tell me all about it.

  • "Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy": The Honorable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir by Lincoln M. Alexander and Herb Shoveller. Lincoln M. Alexander was Canada's first black MP. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and is now the chancellor of the University of Guelph. I had a hard time finding this on amazon.ca - possibly because they don't list the title as "Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy".

  • Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teen Life by Kim Cattrall and Amy Briomonte. Again, not something I'm likely to read but it could be a good book for teen girls. It was quite well reviewed (by Philippa Sheppard) although they wondered if the messages about body image might be muddled by all the pics of Kim Cattrall looking perfect as a teen herself. But apparently the issues are handled well. (This one links to chapters.ca because there's something screwy with the amazon.ca page for it.)

  • Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen by Glen Huser - Recommended age group 12-15. A story of an unexpected friendship between a teen girl and an elderly woman. And there's a road trip.

  • Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie. Dylan's is 16 and dating a boy. While her mind is interested in him her body is not. Her body is interested in her best friend Jocelyn. The reviewer, Maureen Garvie, seemed to like it and I think it sounds really interesting. It's recommended for kids 12+.


My headache finally broke sometime in the middle of the night so I'm feeling much better now. Yay! I still feel insanely tired for someone who has basically only work and slept for the last two days.