Book Talks: The Break by Katherena Vermette

the breakIn the novel The Break, when a young Métis mother looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house, she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting accounts, people who are connected with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed. A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Katherena Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

The Break is one of ten titles nominated for 2017’s Evergreen™ Award – a program that was introduced in 2005 to give adult library patrons the opportunity to vote for a work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction that they have liked the most. Read one or more of this year’s shortlisted titles and during the month of September we want you to let the Haliburton County Public Library know which book you think should win the Evergreen Award. To view all titles nominated this year, just click on the 2017 Evergreen Award link on the library’s website www.haliburtonlibrary.ca.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: Lucy by Randy Cecil

lucyLucy by Randy Cecil

In Lucy by Randy Cecil, every morning Eleanor gets up, hugs her father goodbye before he goes to work, and lowers a breakfast sausage tied to a piece of string from her window for the little stray dog waiting in front of the red door below. The little dog spends her day looking for food and avoiding the obstacles of life – she had a home once, but only remembers it in dreams as she naps under the tree in the park. Eleanor’s father is a juggler, but has horrible stage fright – with each attempt at a performance he freezes. Lucy features soft pencil drawings and is presented in four acts – as the story repeats and small things change, we keep reading to find out if the right thing will change allowing the Eleanor, her father, and the little stray dog to find the happiness they are looking for.

Lucy by Randy Cecil is a junior book, but adults will enjoy it too. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talk: The Fate of the Tearling

fate of the tearlingThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanen is the thrilling conclusion to the Tearling trilogy that began with The Queen of the Tearling and continued in the The Invasion of the Tearling.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies–including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy – and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed. All three of the Tearling books can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talk: The Woman in Cabin 10

the woma in cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a popular novel about Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, who has been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise ship with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is amazing: the cabins are lavish, the dinner parties are vibrant, and the guests are sophisticated. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem: no one else saw or heard anything amiss and all the passengers remain accounted for, so the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Lo puts herself in great danger investigating an incident that may just be a figment of her imagination. With surprising twists throughout, this is an intense read that you will not be able to put down. The Woman in Cabin 10 is currently on several bestseller lists and is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: How Can I Help?

how can I helpHow Can I Help? by David Goldbloom

How Can I Help?: a week in my life as a psychiatrist by Dr. David Goldbloom portrays a week in the life of the author as he treats patients, communicates with families, and trains staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the largest psychiatric facility in Canada. This highly readable and touching behind-the-scenes account of his daily encounters with a wide range of psychiatric concerns – from his own patients and their families to Emergency Department arrivals – puts a human face on an often misunderstood area of medical expertise. How Can I Help? demystifies a profession that has undergone profound change over the past twenty-five years, a profession that is often misunderstood by the public and the media, and even by doctors themselves. It offers a compassionate, realistic picture of a branch of medicine that is entering a new phase, as increasingly we are able to decode the mysteries of the brain and offer new hope for sufferers of mental illness. How Can I Help? is one of ten titles shortlisted for 2017’s Evergreen™ Award and can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Promo- Blackout

blackoutBlackout by Connie Willis

Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place. Scores of time-traveling historians are being sent into the past, to destinations including the American Civil War and the attack on the World Trade Center. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz.

But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around everyone’s schedules. When Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. They have the feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.

Blackout by Connie Willis is for both the Science Fiction reader and the history buff. Just a word of caution, Blackout isn’t the whole story; you really need to be prepared to read All Clear as well. Both can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library and by the time you are done, you will have read more than a thousand pages of this fascinating story.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: Company Town

company townCompany Town by Madeline Ashby

Company Town by Madeline Ashby describes a not so distant future where artificial intelligence and bioengineering can do away with anything from genetic disorders to undesirable emotions, Hwa stands out as one of the very rare that are not augmented in any way. On the oil rig city of New Arcadia, off the coast of Newfoundland, she works as a bodyguard for a union of sex workers, keeping the clients in line. When the Lynch family buys up the city, and the youngest son and heir begins to get death threats, the unhackable Hwa becomes an idea candidate to protect the young boy who stands to inherit a technological dynasty. However, not is all as it seems as Hwa encounters a man with no past, a string of murders, and death threats from another dimension. To get to the bottom of it all she will have to navigate the warren of towers and hidden slums of New Arcadia, and the technology that separates the haves from the have-nots, the secrets of the Lynch family, and the traumas of her own past all while making sure another one of her loved ones doesn’t get caught in the cross-fire.

Company Town by Madeline Ashby is a Canada Reads selection for 2017. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.