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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in May!

  May flowers are just around the corner. What better excuse to get outside than with a great book? Bring it with you out into the garden, onto your deck, on the nearest patio or in the park. Wherever your favourite outdoor venue, we can pretty much guarantee it will be better with a book. [...]

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*THE* Books to Read for Earth Day!

  Happy Earth Day! If you are looking to get inspired we have just the list of books for you. From kids to adults, small scale to big changes, there is something here for everyone who wants to make the world a better place. The Sweetness of a Simple Life by Diana Beresford-Kroeger In this [...]

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Reader’s Guide: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

  A book club discussion guide for Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. Wave Reader’s Guide by Random House of Canada

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Has Your Book Club Discussed Death Yet?

Has Your Book Club Discussed Death Yet?

  A few of us in the office were discussing the reality tv show Long Island Medium the other day, and had an animated debate over whether it’s all fake or true (it’s totally true!). It struck me that the topic of death and what happens afterward always brings up some really good discussion, and [...]

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Guest Post from Terry Fallis: 5 Reasons You Should Read Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan

  Terry Fallis stopped by Retreat to share five reasons you should read, Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. Fixing Our Democracy: The Free Ride is Over Even though I once made my living as a political staffer in Ottawa, I’m not happy [...]

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Five Books About Antarctica

   We asked author Maria Mutch about her selected reading list that help guide and shape her new book, Know the Night. There is nothing like reading about Antarctica in winter to gain a little perspective on the weather. There is the added advantage that the reading also contains elements of the fantastic. The experience [...]

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9 Books About Publishing

  There’s something so validating about seeing your career choice reflected back to you in your favourite medium. That’s probably why we love books about the publishing industry so much. Well, that and the fact that they are great books in their own right. 1. The Accident by Chris Pavone As dawn approaches in New [...]

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Spring Break: Armchair Travel Books

  Are you, like me, spending the March Break time at home? Forced to see the Facebook photos from friends who’ve travelled to the beach or the ski hill. Well, turn off your computers (after you read this, of course) and open a book. These books are guaranteed to make you forget you’re not out travelling the world [...]

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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in March!

  It’s almost time for March break and you know what that means: reading time! At least that’s what we’re wishing for you. So let us tell you which books will be new in stores to curl up with. You might have heard us talking about some of these on Twitter, or Goodreads, but here [...]

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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in February!

  There are so many great books coming in 2014. It all started in January, but the trend continues into February, too! We wanted to share some of the ones we’re particularly excited about with you. You might have heard us talking about some of these on Twitter, or Goodreads, but here are our recommendations [...]

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