Fall in love with new fic­tion

Au­tum­nal reads await

Village Post - - Arts - by Ron John­son

When Septem­ber rolls around, as the kids head off to school and the cool fall breezes start to blow, many reach for a warm cup of tea and a good book and wait it out.To that end, here are a few choice reads that should be on your radar.

There is no short­age of in­trigu­ing works of fic­tion this sea­son, and more than one set in Toronto. The Only Café is the lat­est mys­tery from for­mer jour­nal­ist and Giller Prize win­ner Lin­den MacIn­tyre. As the ti­tle sug­gests, the book makes men­tion of Dan­forth Av­enue’s ven­er­a­ble wa­ter­ing hole, where a son goes in search of an­swers sur­round­ing the death of his fa­ther. And mov­ing west, lo­cal nov­el­ist Michael Red­hill’s Belle­vue Square is billed as a darkly comic thriller set in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket where, apparently, lead char­ac­ter Jean Ma­son’s dop­pel­ganger re­sides. Cu­rios­ity kills the cat, as they say, and in Jean’s case, it also in­volves drug ad­dic­tions, scam artists, philoso­phers and va­grants. So to­tally Kens­ing­ton. And one of the coun­try’s most ex­cit­ing writ­ers, David Char­iandy, au­thor of Soucouyant, is back with Brother, which is also set in and around the city and tells the story of com­ing of age in “The Park” on the out­skirts of town.

Toronto nov­el­ist Wayne John­ston re­turns to the shelves this month with his lat­est piece of sweep­ing his­to­rial fic­tion, First Snow, Last Light. And An­nex writer Ali­son Pick, for­mer Man Booker Prize nom­i­nee, re­turns with Strangers with the Same Dream.

For those in­ter­ested in a lit­tle fact-based read­ing, there is a grow­ing buzz around the book Max­i­mum Canada: Why 35 Mil­lion Cana­di­ans Aren’t Enough by Toronto jour­nal­ist Doug Saun­ders. Ob­vi­ously very timely with events un­fold­ing south of the bor­der as well as just to the east in Que­bec re­gard­ing Haitian refugees, in the book Saun­ders ques­tions Canada and its cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, ar­gu­ing that we need many more peo­ple to en­sure a bright fu­ture for all. In ad­di­tion, lo­cal celebrity chef Lynn Craw­ford is set to re­lease her lat­est cook­book, Farm to Chef, which fea­tures 140 orig­i­nal recipes or­ga­nized by sea­son. From spring onions and ramps to win­ter cab­bage, she has the Cana­dian culi­nary canon cov­ered in this colou­ful new book.

Of course, there is no short­age of tomes ded­i­cated to the sport of hockey. Gare Joyce can al­ways be counted on to pro­vide good and in­sight­ful read­ing, and his lat­est, Young

Leafs: The Mak­ing of a New Hockey His­tory, is on point and out in Oc­to­ber, as is Killer: My Life in Hockey by scrappy Leafs icon Doug Gil­mour along­side Dan Rob­son with the book as­sist.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.