Canada Reads Competition 2014

The Canada Reads 2014 competition, led by Jian Ghomeshi, took place this week.  If you are interested, here is a quick sum-up.  The theme this year was to find the one book that could change Canada as a nation. The Contenders:  The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, defended by Stephen Lewis Cockroach by … Continue reading Canada Reads Competition 2014


Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues tells the story of a group of jazz musicians, called the Hot-time Swingers, and their time on the jazz scene in Berlin and Paris in the late 1930s.  While in Paris, the young up-and-coming trumpet star, Hieronymus Falk, gets taken by the Nazis and is presumed dead.  50 years later, Sid relives the events that take … Continue reading Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan