What's good is read. What's read is good.



Breakups suck. Especially when they're completely out of the blue and one-sided. 

Author Barbara Gowdy shattered my heart into a million pieces when she told me she was just...done writing books. (That's it, FOREVER.) Much to my utter shock and dismay, and to get some closure, I had to try to understand — are authors allowed to retire? It feels like such a betrayal!

On the topic of honouring your commitments, Maya B. gives her 10 best tips for convincing your book club you've read the book, even if you didn't finish in time — because who has time to read a full novel in a couple of weeks these days? (“Faking it” is something many of us can relate to. Am I right, ladies?)

And speaking of finishing in time, writers know that you should never be late for a deadline...but sometimes, sh*t happens and you need an extension, as many readers have asked for. That's why we're extending the deadline for the re:books “Write Away Summer” contest to Sept. 30. The winner will have their manuscript published by Sutherland House Books, guaranteed. (Thanks so much to those of you who have already entered! 👏)

Until next time, flip your hair and flip the page!


P.S. I have a book lover's dream tRE:at from us at re:books. Check it out below! 💳
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 what i’m RE:ading

A balancing act with one fiction and one non-fiction.

Liz, an editor at a D.C. newspaper, has a solid life. Now a single mom after her husband cheated, she regularly dates, has friends, and has an amazing job. In an odd turn of events, Liz’s seemingly perfect life is propelled into an out-of-control downward spiral after she receives a letter for her popular newspaper column from the woman who had an affair with her now ex-husband. Will she be able to hold onto the life she built for herself?! Her Turn by Katherine Ashbery (Knopf Canada) is a fun and amusing novel you should share with your girlfriends.

In 1970, a group of pro-choice women left British Columbia and drove to Ottawa, gathering supporters along the way. When they arrived in the Capital, they delivered a coffin to the then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and chained themselves to chairs in the House of Commons in protest. The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose (Second Story Press) is the rarely told story about 17 Canadian women who raised hell to legalize abortions, gain power over their bodies and reproductive health, and put a stop to the "back-alley" abortions plaguing the nation.

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So nice, I've read it twice. 

Charlotte Taylor was the first white woman to settle in what was to become the province of New Brunswick. Generations later, Taylor's great-great-great-granddaughter Sally Armstrong wrote The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor (Random House of Canada), a mostly fictionalized story of her family matriarch's journey to Canada from England to Jamaica to the Miramichi River. Through wealth and hunger, plus two lovers, three husbands, and 10 children, this novel layers historical events with the unrelenting strength of a woman in the late 1700s.

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 book RE:port

“The popularity of reading on TikTok created a whole new level of reading excitement, particularly for teens, adding to an already strong performance in books.”

— Indigo CEO Heather Reisman on how #BookTok is fuelling a newfound love of reading. Check out Indigo's new "Now Trending on #BookTok" webpage and even #BookTok feature tables in some stores.
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 peer pRE:ssuRE

Young Adult pick of the week from Rebecca's daughter.

Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) follows twins Audrey and Clare who change and drift apart after their older brother’s tragic death. Alternating between their perspectives, the twins try to grow and navigate their relationship as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and deal with issues around mental health, gender identity, and love and sex — on top of regular teenage complexity and confusion.


Spotlight on Jewish authors and characters.

After surviving The Holocaust and witnessing the worst atrocities, Deborah Vadas Levison’s parents built a cottage in quiet Muskoka — only to be ravaged by horror again after finding a crate hidden on their property. Marred by memories and faced with another abhorrent act, The Crate (WildBlue Press) is a compelling true story of survival and identity, and how good triumphs over evil. I couldn’t put it down.

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 guilty pleasuRE: tRE:asuRE

For the romantics — you know who you are. 

As we bid goodbye to summer, The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick (Penguin Publishing Group) takes us back to the sunny beaches of California in the 1930s. In this steamy romance, Irene (hiding from a killer) reinvents herself as a gossip journalist, and Oliver owns a hotel where the Hollywood elite vacation. Together, they set to solve the murder of a famous actress. Amanda Quick is at her best in this passionate, amusing, and enjoyable sizzling novel.

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Here's a giveaway to pamper one lucky winner. 

When most people get heartbroken, they make a beeline to Baskin Robbins. When I get heartbroken, I head straight to Indigo. If any of you are in the Lonely Hearts Club, allow me to fund your sorrows: I'm giving away another $50 gift card to Indigo so you can buy all the romance novels your heart desires.

P.S. The winner of the $50 Indigo gift card is (drum roll please...): Elissa Bronswyk
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