For the Love of Sarcasm OR Garth Stein takes the BD Spotlight

December 15, 2015

Describe a teacher who had an impact on you. My high school drama teacher, Chuck Fick, had a major impact on me.  First, I think all writers should take acting classes.  Acting teaches you about intention and motivation, which can always be a problem when writing fiction—the dreaded deus ex machina!  Secondly, as a person,… Read More

Blue Met’s Gregory McCormick takes the BD Spotlight: on Grafton, East Asian literature & Idaho

March 31, 2015

Every year, Montreal’s very own, remarkable Blue Metropolis literary festival breathes fresh air into the cultural scene: from writer’s workshops to author interviews to panels to podcasts, the festival does an unbelievable job of introducing readers to a range of authors, from the little-known to the well established. Spearheading its programming is the charismatic Gregory… Read More

On Pomeranians and A Love of Poetry OR Author Yona McDonough Takes the BD Spotlight

December 16, 2014

Yona McDonough is the fiction editor of Lilith magazine and the author of several novels and essays. In her latest book, You Were Meant for Me, McDonough explores a different angle of motherhood: when single and successful 35-year-old Miranda Berenzweig discovers an abandoned baby girl in a subway station in NYC, her life changes dramatically…. Read More

On Gay Literature and A Boy’s First Love OR Montreal Author, Christopher DiRaddo, Takes the BD Spotlight

December 6, 2014

Novelist, Christopher DiRaddo’s, latest book, The Geography of Plato, has garnered excellent reviews so far: taking place in Montreal’s gay village, the story follows Will Ambrose as he navigates both his break-up and his mother’s illness. Read on for some tidbits on DiRaddo’s book recommendations, his cocktail-napkin method, and his undisputed love for his parents. Describe a teacher who had an impact… Read More

On blessed laptops OR ‘Astonish Me’ author, Maggie Shipstead, takes the BD Spotlight

September 28, 2014

Forget the critical praise Maggie Shipstead’s books – Seating Arrangements and Astonish Me – have garnered – the latter is one of my top recommendations to survey-takers looking for a fascinating, multi-perspective, time-jumping look into the disciplined, passionate and demanding work of the ballet world. Read on to learn about magical laptops, the right kind… Read More

Author Elizabeth Graver Takes the BD Spotlight OR Why You Should Take Your High School English Teacher on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

June 25, 2014

Elizabeth Graver’s latest book is good.  Really good.  So good that it was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction.  The End of the Point, proves the author’s lyrical prowess, coupled with her ability to trace one family’s experiences over the course of half a century.  The book is perfect for readers who enjoy narratives that examine families… Read More

Author Lindsey J. Palmer takes the BD Spotlight OR Why You Shouldn’t Read and Walk

May 22, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered, really wondered what it would be like to work in a cutthroat women’s lifestyle magazine’s headquarters, Lindsey J. Palmer could probably teach you a thing or two. A former magazine employee herself, Palmer’s debut novel, Pretty in Ink, takes an honest-yet-funny look (through multiple characters’ perspectives) on the demands of working in the not-so-glamorous industry that everyone’s… Read More

Novelist Kate Racculia on Her Latest Book, Bellweather Rhapsody, OR Why You Need Thoreau on a Desert Island

May 19, 2014

Kate Racculia is funny. Very funny. I was lucky enough to have taken a novella-writing class with her during our MFA years at Emerson. Even then, Kate’s effortless humour and quirky characters infused the workshop setting with some much-needed levity and depth – no easy feat.  Her newest novel, Bellweather Rhapsody, just earned an ‘A’ from Entertainment Weekly. It’s… Read More

BD Spotlight: YA Author Monique Polak

April 21, 2014

To know Monnique Polak is to love her. Ask any of her students. Or readers. Or friends. Here, the lively and talented teacher and YA author of the popular book, What World is Left, amongst others, answers the first-ever Book Dumpling Spotlight questionnaire: What is the last, great book that you read and to which type… Read More