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In the October issue of Q&Q: Bill Gaston, queer characters in YA fiction, Moira Young, and more

Taking on the world
Bill Gaston is known as a writers’ writer and mentor for the next generation of Canadian authors. Could his ambitious new novel make him a household name?

Outsider advantage
Three progressive publishers are celebrating significant milestones in 2012. Here’s how they explain their staying power

Queer lit comes of age
How a handful of YA authors are creating positive role models for gay youth

FRONTMATTER
The secret ingredients of classic Canadian cookbooks

Snapshot: Drawn & Quarterly managing editor Tracy Hurren

Random House of Canada’s stylish new paperback series

Nicole Dixon’s long-awaited debut

Cover to cover: Sophie B. Watson’s Cadillac Couches

SPOTLIGHT ON CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING
Orca’s ambitious linked novel series

Why Moira Young’s Dust Lands trilogy could become the next Hunger Games

The big business of board books

REVIEWS
A Message for the Emperor by Mark Frutkin
Carnival by Rawi Hage
Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection by Deirdre Kelly
Sleeping Funny by Miranda Hill
The Universe Within by Neil Turok

PLUS more fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Gulf Islands Alphabet by Bronwyn Preece; Alex Walton, illus.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

PLUS more fiction, non-fiction, and picture books

THE Q&Q/BOOKNET CANADA BESTSELLERS

THE LAST WORD
Author Chris Gudgeon explains why, for him, there’s little difference between fiction and non-fiction

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