We have some seriously good giveaways happening right now on one of our favourite social networking sites for book lovers: Goodreads! If you’re a Goodreads member, click the links below to enter to win Advance Reading Copies of a few of our blockbuster spring titles: People Park by Pasha Malla; In the Orchard, the Swallows by Peter Hobbs; and Life is About Losing Everything by Lynn Crosbie. Good luck!
Last night we had the pleasure of hosting an event at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto: a celebration of the short story with four fabulous Anansi authors. Michael Winter read from his collection One Last Good Look, Elyse Friedman read from Long Story Short and a bit of a new piece, Pasha Malla didn’t read from The Withdrawal Method but read us something hilarious instead, and Julie Booker read from her brand new collection Up Up Up.
Our thanks to all four authors for reading, to everyone who came out to celebrate the art of the short story, and to Sneaky Dee’s for having us for the second instalment of our Sneaky Dee’s reading series. We hope to see you there next time!
The Withdrawal Method, by Pasha Malla
ISBN: 978-0-88784-817-9 * $18.95
Iain Reid, author of One Bird’s Choice
This is a tricky business, recommending a single book. There are a handful of Anansi titles I’ve read (and thoroughly enjoyed) this year that I’m happy to extol, Holding Still For As Long As Possible, Far To Go and How Should A Person Be?, to name a few. But recently I bought a second copy of Pasha Malla’s story collection, The Withdrawal Method. This one will be a gift for my brother. I saw it in the store and remembered really enjoying it.
Before wrapping the gift copy I started flipping through the pages. I ended up reading each story again. This is a thoughtful, funny, captivating read. These stories are authentic and his own. The Withdrawal Method is Malla’s first book. Reading it will make you impatient for his next. You might even read it twice.
IAIN REID has written for several CBC Radio shows, including Definitely Not the Opera, Metro Morning, Here and Now, and GO. His work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica. A graduate of Queen’s University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981, and now lives in Kingston. One Bird’s Choice is his first book.
Here are a few photos from last night’s readings (you’ll see Pasha Malla there too, who won the Trillium last year and was asked to read in Alice Munro’s absence) and today’s luncheon, where the winners were announced. Thank you to the Toronto Reference Library and the Ontario Media Development Corporation for this series of wonderful events — it’s been a blast!