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Fiction: Novels

By Douglas Coupland

Generation A, Douglas Coupland’s 11th novel, is a great bookend to Generation X, the novel that launched his career. The term “Generation A” was in fact coined by Kurt Vonnegut, but Coupland embraces it and ... Read More »

August 24, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Dave Gibbins

Any summary of The Tiger Warrior, marine archaeologist David Gibbins’ fourth thriller featuring Jack Howard (also a marine archaeologist), will inevitably make the book sound more exciting than it actually is. The story centres on ... Read More »

August 11, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Christopher Willard

Christopher Willard’s second novel is a significant departure from his 2005 fiction debut. Whereas Garbage Head satirized celebrity culture, telecommunications, and the absurdities of postmodernity, Sundre deals in shotguns, combines, and pick-up trucks. Composed of ... Read More »

August 11, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Shinan Govani

National Post gossip columnist Shinan Govani follows the time-honoured advice “write what you know” in his fiction debut, a novel that traces the adventures of a Toronto-based gossip columnist (he prefers the designation “social archivist”) ... Read More »

August 10, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Damian Tarnopolsky

Celebrated English abstract painter and writer Wyndham Lewis once described Second World War Toronto as a “sanctimonious icebox.” In the acknowledgements for Goya’s Dog, Damian Tarnopolsky cites Lewis as an inspiration for his first novel. ... Read More »

July 20, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lori Lansens

In their introduction to The Oprah Affect, a collection of essays that analyze the impact of Oprah’s Book Club on popular and literary culture, editors Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr argue there’s nothing new ... Read More »

July 6, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels