Rachel Cantor and I went to school together. When we reconnected years later, I wasn't surprised to discover she was a writer. Rachel's debut novel - A Highly Unlikely Scenario or, a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World - is getting lots of notice. She's on Cosmopolitan's list of 10 books by women to read this spring, and she was reviewed in The New York Times. Ben McNally Books will be stocking a few of Rachel's books. Thanks, Ben and Lynn!
It's a great pleasure to see Sara Heinonen's collection of short fiction in book form. Over the last few years I've come to know many of these stories as drafts for feedback. Most of them found publication in Canada's best literary journals before coming together here. Sara is a landscape architect by training and her close connection to the environment is apparent in this debut collection from Mansfield Press.
A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love by Eufemia Fantetti is a quick and engaging read. The six stories in this collection are perceptive and witty. Eufemia's background as a comedienne is evident. She's as much fun on the page as she is in person. This is definitely a book for readers who have a special relationship with food!
Soon to be released by House of Anansi Press, friend Lynn Thomson's book is described as a "delicately rendered memoir on motherhood, family and the beauty of the natural world." Listen for upcoming interviews with Lynn and Yeats, her now young adult son.
Four of my talented women friends have launched books this season, three here in Canada and one in the US. It's a pleasure to showcase them all!