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Fans of crime fiction, thrillers and suspenseful stories gathered in Toronto, Canada last week for Bouchercon, a celebration of all things mystery. The annual World Mystery Convention is named after distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author Anthony Boucher, and provides the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow book lovers and talk about our favorite mysterious reads.
This year’s event, ‘Passport to Murder’, brought BookClubbish authors together for a fantastic signing event where visitors had the chance to win a Year’s Supply of Mystery Books. We also spent the perfect Friday the 13th evening at a cocktail party with some of our favorite book people at Ben McNally Books, Toronto’s most beautiful bookstore.
Check out our Facebook Live broadcast for a snapshot of the evening!
There is nothing more cathartic than a good cry, particularly when it is not brought on by something happening to you right now, in real life.
When we read, the most impactful stories are the ones that manage to touch that nerve closest to our sense of empathy and tap into our collective experience of being human. Sometimes we cry because the story resonates close to the surface of our own experience, and sometimes it is because we could not possibly imagine the depth of sorrow, love, happiness or horror that our protagonist is going through, though it resonates deep within our heart. Either way, a story that makes us cry is a story that makes us think, makes us know and makes us feel what it is to be truly vulnerable.
These seven novels offer all the ingredients for an unforgettable, tear-jerking read, so set that box of tissues close by and get ready for a good cry.
October 17 is Black Poetry Day! Established in 1985, the date is homage to Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American poet, who was born on October 17, 1711. In his honor, the day is marked to celebrate all of the contributions black poets have made to literature, poetry and culture.
How can you celebrate? Check out our list of books of poetry by black writers, whose work you can read on October 17 and every day after.
A love of books can go way beyond the page, and with so many amazing podcasts available now (and for free!), readers have access to news and discussions about books, reading and writing from a vast and diverse spectrum of points of view.
From episodes featuring writers talking about their fiction to thoughtful conversations about the psychology of readers, here are ten podcasts every book lover should be listening to.
Smart, resourceful, resilient, proactive—these are characteristics that the protagonists of these seven books all have in common. From the secretive domestic lives of three best friends to a young woman who was literally dropped into a life she never chose, here are women who face extraordinary circumstances and respond in extraordinary ways.
There’s not always humor, there’s not always grace, but there is a determination to survive, to thrive and to find the ability within themselves to face the challenges put before them. So read on to meet some of the strongest women in recent literature and the astonishing fictional worlds they are taking, by force, by cunning, by love and always by storm.
Writers like to write about writers, and these six novelists are no exception. From a disgraced magazine editor looking to rehabilitate his reputation to a rookie cub trying to break a dangerous story, these intrepid journalists take center stage here—whether they find themselves creating the action or chasing it.
After an arsonist’s fire kills a little boy in Colmstock, Australia, tensions are running high. Adding to the fearful atmosphere are the porcelain dolls created to look like the town’s little girls begin turning up on doorsteps. In a town seized by paranoia, journalist Rose Blakey thinks she may have found her story…but what happens when people start turning on each other?
If you like a thrilling, suspenseful read, you’ll definitely have to check out Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra…and we want to help! Visit our comments section below and share with us which book last kept you up at night for your chance to win one of five ARCs of Little Secrets!
New Orleans was the setting for this year’s SIBA conference — a gathering of the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Alliance. And BookClubbish got to present our favourite upcoming reads to 100 booksellers! One of the most anticipated books is ROSIE COLORED GLASSES by Brianna Wolfson, and when we described it as “The Glass Castle, but as a novel,” the room nodded knowingly, and all weekend long it was the most requested advance reading copy of our booth.
Old Yeller, Black Beauty and Lassie are so ensconced in popular culture that it feels like they belong to our childhoods—that they are as close to our own family pet as any animal can get without us having to poop and scoop after them. Not only did they help open our hearts and our minds to a four-legged protagonist, but they paved the way for so many other animals to take up a pet place in our imaginations.
From a terrific pig (and his eight-legged cheerleader) to a dog that returns to life again and again, these animal companions capture the heart and the mind as their stories, some entertaining, some allegorical, help us better understand our place among all living things.
The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox is a stunning, Gothic tale of two women in very different decades who nonetheless find themselves trapped in an idyllic Italian villa. The only escape lies in unearthing the property’s secrets…secrets you can uncover for yourself with this giveaway! The Silent Fountain may not be on sale until October 31, but we’re giving you the chance to get a copy of the ARC. Just head on down to the comments and let us know which book location you’d like to visit. Would it be Italy, like in The Silent Fountain, or somewhere else entirely?
Are you on the hunt for a book to bring to your next book club meeting? We definitely recommend The Orphan’s Tale–it’s been one of our favorite reads this year! So gather your friends together an get ready to dive into a book that is an engaging, emotional read that you won’t be able to put down. Do help you on your journey, here are some book club questions you can use!
The relationship between family members can be complicated–full of love and conflict. They are the key to our pasts and can sometimes reveal more about us than we ever realized. Here are five reads all about the relationships between family members and the effects it can have on a person.
Ahoy, me hearties; ye know what day ‘tis on September 19, yar? Aye, ye scurvy buccaneers, ‘tis Talk Like a Pirate Day and we’ll no be ‘avin’ ye shirk yer readin’ duties as we set sail on this most glorious day!
Come about and eyeball these seven of the best books to be well celebratin’ a pirate’s day of days. Avast ye lads and lassies; hoist the mizzen and let’s get to turnin’ the pages on this grand booty of pirate books. Ye savvy?
Happy Birthday Libra! Libras are an air sign and value cooperation, fairness, peace and social interaction. Libras have a strong sense of right and wrong but often can see both sides of an issue and find making decisions difficult.
New York City. The Big Apple. What is it about this metropolis that makes it such a perfect setting for stories about women coming together as friends? The big city’s vibe of anonymity, which might cause loneliness if not for the good company of friends, might have something to do with it, along with, of course, its glamorous allure. If you’ve made it through all of Sex and the City and Girls, or if you simply love a story set in NYC, here’s a roundup of our favorite reads featuring women out on the town in the City that Never Sleeps.
With a great cast, Spielberg at the helm directing and what can only be assumed to be a huge budget (there are a lot of licensing and trademarked properties to procure), the film version of Ernest Cline’s 2011 bestseller Ready Player One is poised to hit theaters next spring.
Set in a dystopian future, it features a young gamer named Wade Watts who escapes the dreary reality of life in the mid-twenty-first century by plugging into a virtual world called OASIS. When a life-changing prize is offered to the person who can solve all the puzzles in the digital OASIS universe—puzzles based on retro pop-culture fads and frenzies—Wade dives in. With its merging of futuristic and nostalgic worlds, Ready Player One is sure to be as popular on the big screen as it is on the page.
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