GOD TALK

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Scor­ing an in­ter­view with God is about the big­gest coup a jour­nal­ist could hope for. French jour­nal­ist Do­minique Wolton landed the next best thing – 12 in­ter­views with Pope Fran­cis – glean­ing a pa­pal per­spec­tive on our mod­ern world in A Fu­ture of Faith: The Path of Change in Pol­i­tics and So­ci­ety. Mean­while, the prayers of CanLit lovers are an­swered with re­leases from a quin­tet of cel­e­brated Canuck scribes. The award­win­ning, Man­i­toba-born Miriam Toews un­veils her lat­est novel, Women Talk­ing, which ex­plores the se­cret in­ter­ac­tions of a com­mu­nity of Men­non­ite women fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing and bru­tal at­tack. Ed­mon­ton’s Emma Hooper writes of a fam­ily that’s tear­ing at the seams while strug­gling to live in an aban­doned fish­ing vil­lage in Our Home­sick Songs. Toronto’s Craig David­son fol­lows his Giller-short­listed Cataract City with The Satur­day Night Ghost Club, a novel of ur­ban leg­ends, un­cer­tain pasts and a trans­for­ma­tive teenage sum­mer. Fel­low Giller nom­i­nee Wayne Grady’s Up From Free­dom sees the Wind­sor na­tive weave a tale of slav­ery, fam­ily and an at­tempt at re­demp­tion. And late On­tario Ojibwe au­thor Richard Wagamese’s fi­nal un­fin­ished novel, Starlight, tells of the vi­o­lence and com­pas­sion that unites an in­dige­nous farmer and an abused sin­gle mother on the run in ru­ral British Columbia. Of course, nonCana­di­ans write books, too, in­clud­ing Jonas Jonas­son, who again tests how much trou­ble an au­da­cious cen­te­nar­ian can get up to in The Ac­ci­den­tal Fur­ther Ad­ven­tures of the Hun­dred-Year-Old Man, the se­quel to his 2012 hit The 100-YearOld Man Who Climbed Out The Win­dow And Dis­ap­peared.

And for those in need of a lit­tle self­help, au­thor Erin Ni­imi Longhurst and il­lus­tra­tor Ryo Take­masa join forces for A Lit­tle Book of Ja­panese Con­tent­ments: Iki­gai, For­est Bathing, Wabi-sabi and more. Con­sid­er­ing that the Ja­panese en­joy one of the world’s long­est life­spans, you might want to bump this book to the top of your read­ing list.

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