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POETRY, PASTA & PYTHAGORAS

our reading list for April 2017


THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman
New Yorker writer Elif Batuman has crafted a debut that is part academia satire, part travel literature, and entirely an addictive portrait of an artist as a young woman. Jump on the Idiot bandwagon before it leaves the station and read 2017’s funniest book before your friends.

FIRST LOVE by Gwendoline Riley
Something like a dark and powerful novelization of Britney Spears’s “Toxic,” Riley’s novel – longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize – is a harrowing, page-turning study of love’s unfair power dynamics.

SHOT-BLUE by Jesse Ruddock
Ruddock is well on her way to becoming the Cormac McCarthy of Canada’s North with Shot-Blue, her rough-hewn puzzle box of wordplay and unsaid truths as Rachel and her son Tristan trying to survive an inhospitable landscape.

BLITZED: DRUGS IN NAZI GERMANY by Norman Ohler
Forget everything you’ve learned from the History Channel; now re-remember it with the entire Third Reich on drugs. Norman Ohler’s mind-blowing book reveals how everything from morphine to crystal meth permeated and shaped the Nazi regime.

ALL THESE WONDERS by The Moth
A handsome hardcover publication marks the 20th anniversary of the premier storytelling showcase. This anthology – with contributions by Louis C. K., Meg Wolitzer, Tig Notaro, and more – collects the best stories on ‘the unknown’: an astronomer encounters at Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learns the sacrifices of her father, and many other compelling anecdotes that – naturally – you don’t yet know.

ACQUACOTTA by Emiko Davies
Though the word literally means ‘cooked water,’ the recipes in this gorgeous food book are un pochino more complex. Acquacotta features the traditional cuisine of the Silver Coast in Tuscany, with low-maintenance deliciousness to be found on every page.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS by Phoebe Wang
A much-awaited first collection from a Toronto poet who’s been toiling within and kicking against the Canadian poetry world for years, Admission Requirements is a prerequisite for all other 2017 poetry.

THING IS by Suzannah Showler
The second book from Showler showcases a snarky wit compressed for the hashtag age. But the real thing is: the reader comes away from this poetic cultural critique with something resembling hope.

CANTHIUS: VOLUME III by Various Authors
One of Canada’s newest literary journals is committed to poetry and prose by women and genderqueer writers. The latest issue is a stunner, stuffed with great new poetry from Nicole Brewer, Kara Du Plessis, Hoa Nguyen, and more.

GOLD by George Elliott Clarke
A book so shiny, you’ll be tempted to re-sell it to Cashman Russell Oliver. Following Clarke’s colour-themed volumes Blue, Black, and Red, Gold is replete with eulogies for community organizers, tributes to leader and teachers, and – everywhere – glittering beauty.


AND IN THE KIDS' ROOM:

THE COUNTRY BUNNY AND THE LITTLE GOLD SHOES by DuBose Heyward & Marjorie Flack
BUNNY ROO, I LOVE YOU by Melissa Marr & Teagan White
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE WITH JOJO by Xavier Deneux
Adults can celebrate Easter at Type by reading John Irving and Richard Adams (obvi), but we’ve got loads of Easter-appropriate reading for early readers, too, including classics like The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes and soon-to-be classics like the gorgeously illustrated Bunny Roo, I Love You.

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
You don’t need to remember the Pythagorean Theorem to know the new picture book from the dream team behind Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is going to be a sure-fire hit with young readers. Shapes have never been so sublime or so subversive!

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
A page-turner of a young adult novel that takes its title from Tupac? Sign us up. Angie Thomas’s debut novel takes a look at the issues underlying the Black Lives Matter movement and shapes them into the next true YA classic.