The Spring promises fresh flowers, rainy rain and sunnier sunshine (alliteration has never been my strong suit) and it also brings new books!

Why not come out to meet and mingle with some great writers and snag a few new books? And you won’t have to swipe the sweat from your sandy brow like all those summer readers will have to!

This month, we have memoir, short stories and some fabulous long stories!

Christopher Cameron   brings his memoir Dr. Bartolo’s Umbrella Memoir and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life  to us this month. “Dr. Bartolo’s is a funny, touching, irreverent memoir about Christopher Cameron’s thirty-year career as an opera and concert singer on stages across the country. Cameron might have been a nondescript face in a crowd, but when he sang, he was somebody.”

With a feared MMA cage fighter as protagonist, Kevin Hardcastle’s In the Cage weaves together a grittily masterful tale of violence, family, and resilience as Kevin Hardcastle penetrates what it means to survive in the rural underclass.”

Part mystery, part elegy, Karen Smythe ‘s This Side of Sad begins with an ending: the violent enigma of a man’s death. Was it an accident, or did James commit suicide? In the shattering aftermath, his widow, Maslen, questions her own capacity for love and undertakes a painful self-inquiry, examining the history of her heart and tracing the fault lines of her own fragile identity.

“In the linked stories of Kasia Jaronczyk’s Lemons, the lives of Basia and her family are seen through a kaleidoscopic lens that follows them over twenty years from communist Poland, to their new home in Canada, then back to Poland, to make sense of everything that has happened in the interim.”

Terri Favro  bring us “a gritty tragi-comic fairy tale of sexual obsession and longing, based in equal parts on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, with Once Upon A Time In West Toronto is the story of outsiders reinventing themselves in Toronto’s immigrant neighbourhoods from the 1970s to the present.”