We are so very excited to welcome you into our virtual space again!

Our 2021/2022 Season

We have novels, short stories, memoir and even a tiny bit of prose poetry!

This season’s line up: Heidi von Palleske, Shoshona (S.M.) Freedman, Jessica Moore, Eamon McGrath, Wayne Ng, Yejide Kilanko, Frances Boyle, Nic Brewer, Ceilidh Michelle, Lindsay Zier-Vogel, Cheuk Kwan, Silmy Abdullah, Robert Hough, Stephen Henighan, Edith Blais, Hollay Ghadery, Anna Dowdall, Dorothy Palmer and K.R. Wilson!!

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On March 27, Robert Hough brings us his seventh novel, THE MARRIAGE OF ROSE CAMILLERI.

Published by Douglas and McIntyre, The Marriage of Rose Camilleri is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary marriage.

“A young woman moves to Toronto after getting married but soon discovers her husband is not who she believes him to be. A mother reconciles her heartbreak when her sons defy her expectations and choose their own paths in life. A lonely international student returns to Bangladesh and forms an unexpected bond with her domestic helper. A working-class woman, caught between her love for Bangladesh and her determination to raise her daughter in Canada, makes a decision after a dark secret from the past is revealed.”

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April 10, Stephen Henighan comes back to Junction Reads with his latest novel, THE WORLD OF AFTER from Cormorant Books.

Spend some time in the 90s and early 2000s with three characters connected by a violent past.

“When Kevin, an Irish Montrealer, attends graduate school at Oxford University in the early 1990s, he meets Leon, a London Jew from a Communist family, and Alex, a Soviet defector’s son raised in Toronto. The trio forms a complex and conflicted friendship from which Alex pulls away, spending his time tutoring a charming, upper-class student. When Kevin and Leon play a prank on the undergrad, the dire consequence sends Kevin into an emotional tailspin.”

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April 24, we have the privilege of welcoming Edith Blais to Junction Reads to discuss her memoir, THE WEIGHT OF SAND.

Greystone Books is the publisher of the English translation of Edith’s harrowing story of her 450 days held hostage in the Sahara.

“In January 2019, news outlets reported that a young Canadian woman and her Italian companion were presumed kidnapped while traveling in Africa’s Sahel region, a haven for Islamic terrorists.

Little was known about the pair’s fate until they reappeared in Mali more than one year later, having apparently escaped their captors.”

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May 8, Charlotte Mendel joins us with REVERSING TIME: ONE BOY’S QUEST TO CHANGE HISTORY, published by Guernica Editions.

“The odds are definitely against Simon, racing home from school every day a step ahead of the school bullies–until he finds the talisman. Even as the talisman begins to destroy his family, Simon discovers that he belongs to a tribe of people with the power to travel along the length and breadth of their own life lines. Simon is shocked to learn that they expect him to help halt humanity’s destiny: extinction. A fast-paced fantasy YA novel, Reversing Time tackles vital themes in today’s society–such as climate change and the environment–within the context of an exciting page-turner.”

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May 29, Anna Dowdall joins us to talk about her mystery novel, APRIL ON PARIS STREET.

Published by Guernica Editions, April on Paris Street takes the reader on a thrilling journey through Montreal and Paris.

“The basic damsel-in-distress gig sounds perfect to private investigator Ashley Smeeton, who’s got her own personal and professional struggles in Montreal. Against the backdrop of the winter Carnaval, the job first takes her to Paris where she’s drawn into an unsettling world of mirages and masks, not to mention the murderous Bortnik brothers.”

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June 5, Dorothy Palmer joins us for our penultimate reading with her book, KERFUFFLE, from Presse Renaissance

All I know about the novel is it’s going to be a funny book about an improv troupe in Toronto around the time of the G20 summit in 2010. I will update this post as soon as I have more information and a book cover.

Check out this video of Dorothy talking about accessibility.

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We will wrap up our season on June 19 with K.R. Wilson with another great book from Guernica Editions.

CALL ME STAN follows an immortal through three millennia, from “his origins as an Anatolian sheep farmer to his custody in a Toronto police interview room.”

Over “three thousand years of Eurasian history, CALL ME STAN is the story of a man endlessly struggling to adjust as the world keeps changing around him. It is a Biblical epic from the bleachers, a gender fluid operatic love quadrangle, and a touching exploration of what it is to outlive everyone you love. Or almost everyone.” 

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One day, hopefully in the not too distant future, we will be back in person without anxiety or fear of another wave.

Please, always consider purchasing your books directly from small presses or at your local independent book store. Check out our list of independent book shops in Toronto. Most deliver and all are happy to do over the phone shopping.

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