Review: Photobooth: A Biography (Broken Pencil, Issue 65)

October 29, 2014

>>Meags Fitzgerald >>280 pgs >>Conundrum Press >>$20.00 This graphic novel the story of interdisciplinary artist Meags Fitzgerald’s unexpected love affair with “boothing” as she becomes […]

Review: Beautiful Darkness (Broken Pencil, Issue 65)

October 29, 2014

>>Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët >>98 pgs >>Drawn & Quarterly >>$22.95 Vehlmann and Kerascoët’s Beautiful Darkness is a disarmingly dark fairy tale gone wrong. It’s something […]

Review: Sweet Affliction (Broken Pencil, Issue 65)

October 29, 2014

>>Anna Leventhal >>190 pgs >>Invisible Publishing >>$19.95 Journey Prize-nominated author Anna Leventhal’s first book is an assortment of 15 stories centred in and around Montréal. […]

Review: The Indifference League (subTerrain, Issue 68)

October 29, 2014

>>Richard Scarsbrook >>272 pgs >>Dundurn >>$19.99 Employing comic book tropes to wry effect, Richard Scarsbrook’s The Indifference League is a deceptively layered critique of identities—secret, […]

Review: Dear Leaves, I Miss You All (Broken Pencil, Issue 63)

May 1, 2014

>>Sara Heinonen >>184 pgs >>Mansfield Press >>$20.00 Sara Heinonen’s debut is an ecologically-charged collection of 14 stories covering such subjects as expats discovering themselves abroad, […]

Review: Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls (Quill & Quire, April 2014)

April 15, 2014

>>Richard Rosenbaum (Raise Some Shell) and Adam Nayman (It Doesn’t Suck) >>152 pgs (Raise Some Shell), 128 pgs (It Doesn’t Suck) >>ECW Press >>$12.95 The […]

Review: On Loving Women (Broken Pencil, Issue 63)

February 28, 2014

>>Diane Obomsawin >>88 pgs >>Drawn and Quarterly >>$16.95 Montreal animator Diane Obomsawin’s second English language book is a quiet, articulate collection of short stories about […]

Review: Rage of Poseidon (Broken Pencil, Issue 62)

February 13, 2014

>>Anders Nilsen >>80 pgs >>Drawn and Quarterly >>$29.95 Anders Nilsen’s follow-up to his decidedly introspective Big Questions anthology is a curious, often hilarious, and highly enjoyable […]

Review: Celestial Inventories (Broken Pencil, Issue 62)

February 13, 2014

>>Steve Rasnic Tem >>320 pgs >>ChiZine Publications >>$18.95 With more than 350 published stories to his name, multiple-award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem has produced a […]

Review: I Don’t Know How to Behave (subTerrain, Issue 66)

January 29, 2014

>>Michael Blouin >>192 pgs >>BookThug >>$24.00 ReLit Award-winning author Michael Blouin’s new novel, I Don’t Know How to Behave, is not easily categorized. As the […]

Review: Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Rabble.ca, January 2014)

January 2, 2014

>>Ashley Little >>254 pgs >>Arsenal Pulp Press >>$16.95 Ashley Little’s Anatomy of a Girl Gang is like an after-school special gone horribly awry—and that’s a good thing. […]

Review: Tell My Sorrows to the Stones (Broken Pencil, Issue 61)

October 26, 2013

>>Christopher Golden >>280 pgs >>ChiZine Publications >>$18.95 Bram Stoker Award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s newest book is a collection of twelve […]

Review: The Inner City (Broken Pencil, Issue 61)

October 26, 2013

>>Karen Heuler >>224 pgs >>ChiZine Publications >>$18.95 The 15 stories in Karen Heuler’s latest collection of surrealist and strange fiction cover a broad range of […]

Review: This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla (Quill & Quire, October 2013)

October 26, 2013

>>Andrew Steinmetz >>256 pgs >>Biblioasis >>$21.95 With the most sprawling POW film ever produced as its backdrop, This Great Escape details the short but eventful […]

Review: The Summer is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved (Quill & Quire, July/August 2013)

August 19, 2013

>>Joey Comeau >>250 pgs >>ChiZine Publications >>$17.95 Horror is a tricky genre. Too often, authors working in this mode resort to shocks and unexpected twists […]

Review: The Dark (Quill & Quire, June 2013)

August 19, 2013

>>Claire Mulligan >>528 pgs >>Doubleday Canada >>$32.95 Claire Mulligan’s second novel is a work of historical fiction based on the true story of the Fox […]

Review: Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of the Devils (Quill & Quire — December 2012, unpublished)

August 19, 2013

>>Richard Crouse >>200 pgs >>ECW Press >>$19.95 In his latest book, Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils, Canada AM film critic […]

Review: The Best Canadian Essays 2012 (Broken Pencil, Issue 60)

August 19, 2013

>>eds. Christopher Doda & Ray Robertson >>296 pgs >>Tightrope Books >>$19.95 The editors of this collection have crafted an interesting, at times uneven, but altogether […]

Review: The Art of Sufficient Conclusions (Broken Pencil, Issue 60)

August 19, 2013

>>Sarah Dearing >>232 pgs >>Mansfield Press >>$19.95 Treading the line between fiction and reality, Sarah Dearing’s third novel, The Art of Sufficient Conclusions, draws heavily […]

Review: And the Birds Rained Down (Broken Pencil, Issue 60)

August 19, 2013

>>Jocelyne Saucier >>160 pgs >>Coach House Books >>$18.95 Tom and Charlie are two elderly friends living out the last few years of their lives in […]