A Prose Reading Series at Famous Last Words. 5:15pm at 392 Pacific Ave.



This is a reading series where prose writers present their great work. We are also a group of writers who just love writing and writers. Send us your stuff. We will find a place for your work.

March 31: Readings for National Reading Month!

Some people pick up a book and flip to the last page because knowing how it ends makes the beginning and middle more enjoyable. While others hold off reading that last page, sometimes putting it away for weeks, to delay the joy of a great ending!

I think we can all agree, if March were a book, we’d all be racing to the end! Imagine if you will, March 31 at Junction Reads, is the last page.

On the last day of a month dedicated to readers, we bring you Loren Edizel, Mary Lou Dickinson, John Miller and Catriona Wright.

Mary Lou Dickinson brings us White Ribbon Man from Inanna Publications.

“The White Ribbon Man is a murder mystery set in Toronto. A woman’s body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church. It is an Anglican church that welcomes homeless people for coffee and soup and has a congregation composed largely of social activists. The discovery challenges a community that sees itself as a compassionate one and causes people who once were comfortable with each other to become suspicious instead. During the investigation we get to know something about the minister whose sleepwalking makes him suspect, a librarian who answered the classified ad in the Globe and Mail placed by another suspect; one of the wardens who is an activist against violence against women, a member of the congregation who was the neighbour and friend of the murdered woman, and the detective in charge of the investigation. The gentle handling of all of these characters and their issues allows the reader to see humanity and vulnerability of each one and the way in which as a community they support one another.”

Loren Edizel brings us Days of Moonlight from Inanna Publications.

“Upon receiving a letter and a package of journals from a dying Mehtap, her mother Nuray’s close friend in Turkey, a young Toronto woman immerses herself in the old woman’s memories. She uncovers Mehtap’s story as a factory worker in the 1960s who is infatuated with her boss, a man she willingly lies for, and even wrap presents for that he gives to his mistress and his wife. When her friend, Nuray, moves in with her, something unexpected happens and Mehtap is forced to choose between her two loves. Mehtap’s story is interwoven with that of her parents, Cretan refugees who landed in Izmir in the mid-twenties as a result of the disastrous population exchange, only to discover an inescapable and tragic truth that shatters their lives. As Mehtap’s writings unfurl, Nuray’s daughter — Mehtap’s namesake — now the keeper of the journals, notebooks and letters written by her mother’s friend, also uncovers her own mother’s deeply-held secrets, furtive yearnings, and forbidden love.”

John Miller  brings us Wild and Beautiful is the Night from Cormorant Books.

“Paulette and Danni grew up miles apart — Paulette in Hamilton and Danni in North Toronto — but they might as well have been worlds apart. Paulette’s family emigrated from Jamaica. Danni grew up Jewish in an affluent neighbourhood of Toronto. Now both women find themselves on the streets of Toronto, working in the sex trade. Paulette is a seasoned prostitute, working to support herself and her addiction. She acts as an unlikely and reluctant mentor and friend to Danni, who is new to the street and whose addiction has set her on a similar path to Paulette. Their paths intersect again and again over the course of a difficult and troubled friendship that sees Paulette begin to pull herself together while Danni manages to survive everything that comes her way. Will her luck run out? Has Paulette learned to make her own luck?”

Catriona Wright brings to us, her short story collection, Difficult People from Harbour Publishing.

“Manipulators, liars, egomaniacs, bullies, interrupters, condescenders, ice queens, backstabbers, hypocrites, withholders, belligerents, self-deceivers, whiners, know-it-alls, nitpickers: these are some of the characters you’ll encounter in the collection of stories, Difficult People. As these characters fumble through their quests for freediving fame, stand-up glory, romantic love, stable employment or anyone who can tolerate them, they reveal that we are all, in our own ways, difficult people.”




February 24: Something to look forward to!

Series 65 -Metropolitan Toronto Planning Department Library collThere are many effective ways to fight the February Blues. Just open up the googler and  you’ll find a hundred links to daylight lamps, cozy weekends away and the latest trend: people gathering together, cozying up with blankets, pillows, candles and eating the most comfortable of comfort foods and hashtagging Hygge (Hooga) the Danish key to happiness!

So between now and February 24, throw yourself a #Hygge party and grab a calendar because one of the most common tricks to get through February is to plan something to look forward to!

At Famous Last Words, on February 24 at 5:15pm, we will gather again for some fun and fabulous readings with a Q and A to inspire your reading, your writing and your living!

Our Four February Readers:

Jen Chen with Super! from Insomniac Press.

“All eyes are on Beata Bell, descendent of the great Frances E. Shaw. Bets are placed on which amazing power she will inherit. Flight? Telekinesis? Super hearing? Only Beata Bell remains stubbornly, infuriatingly, and inexplicably normal. Sidelined, she must face the painful reality that she might never live up to everyone’s expectations. But the Super world can’t seem to leave her alone! When a new villain threatens the city, Beata is launched into a whirlwind of mystery, danger, and conspiracy. With a totally normal skillset, she must exhaust all her wits and courage to save her friends—and to survive.:

Aparna Kaji Shah with The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories from Inanna Publications

“The Scent of Mogra and Other Storiesis a collection of four short stories about strong female characters dealing with difficult life-changing situations. The turmoil that they face is, often, the result of a social structure that discriminates against women. Through these powerful women characters, the stories reflect attitudes and ways of life in a village in India, and in modern day Mumbai; they highlight the values of an older generation, and the dreams of a new one. Beneath all their differences, The Scent of Mogra and Other Storiesilluminate the quality of women’s lives, exposing the pain, the injustices, as well as the triumphs that make up their existence.”

Sky Curtis joins us again with PLOTS from Inanna Publications

“Robin MacFarland is a smart, funny, self-deprecating journalist who works for the Home and Garden section of a major Toronto newspaper while she grapples hilariously with her weight, drinking and spirituality. The city news is slow and Robin has been assigned to dig up a real estate development story in cottage country near Huntsville, Ontario. Her editor has given her a long list of potential angles including water pollution, light pollution, traffic congestion, boat traffic, taxes, electricity costs, golf courses, fertilizer, algae blooms, land grants and native rights. Robin and her feisty best friend Cindy, a crime reporter, head north and immediately stumble upon a body mangled by a bear in the forest next to Robin’s cottage. Robin is suspicious that the victim’s death has been disguised to look like an accident, but no one, including her new boyfriend, cop Ralph Creston, believes the person was deliberately murdered.”

Rebecca Higgins with The Colours of Birds from Tightrope Books

“Rebecca Higgins’s characters do weird things in their attempts to negotiate the world. They steal books and hide in bathrooms and treat grocery receipts like tarot cards. They may want solitude, even escape, but they don’t want to be invisible. They move between isolation and connection—on the internet, at uncomfortable parties, in a tent after Hurricane Katrina. These stories are about friendship and loneliness and the awkward, fumbling ways we try to love each other. We lie and leave things out, so often torn between hiding ourselves and needing to be seen.”

2019 is going to be a great year!!

January 27 2019  with hosts Kate Henderson and Christine Ottoni

Join the Junction Reads team in January, as we gather by the fire at Famous Last Words and drink body-warming cocktails while being entertained by the soothing, provocative and fantastic words of Priya Ramsingh, Adrian Michael Kelly, Kyp Harness and Jan Rehner.

The evening will be hosted by writers and Junction Reads members,  Kate Henderson and Christine Ottoni. And as always, well coordinated by Cayley Pimentel! There will be books to raffle and each of our authors will have their books for sale.


Priya Ramsingh  with Brown Girl in the Room

From Tightrope Books: “Sara Ramnarine is just starting out her career in Toronto, a city that is touted as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world with its motto, “Diversity is our Strength.” As a smart, driven, educated, contemporary woman, Sara assumes her rise up the corporate ladder will be seamless. But she soon discovers that the workplace is full of pitfalls and obstructions, including discrimination and racism. Eventually, Sara is forced to make a critical decision that affects her career and state of mind, risking her reputation for years to come.”

Adrian Michael Kelly with The Ambassador of What

From ECW Press: “Slogging through the miles of a city marathon, an 11-year-old boy encounters small miracles; about to marry one of her patients in a home for the elderly, a nurse asks her estranged son to come to the wedding and give her away; home from university, a young man has Christmas dinner with his hard-up dad in a bistro behind a rural gas bar. Men and boys and maleness, money and its lack, the long haunt of childhood, marriage and divorce — these lie at the heart of The Ambassador of What. Driven by an ear for how we talk, how we feel, how we fail, and how we love, these are tough and tender stories that take hold, and linger.”

Kyp Harness with The Abandoned

From Harbour Publishing: “Among the strip malls, industrial parks and overpasses of Southwestern Ontario, Tim is a young misfit with an overactive imagination and a heavy-drinking father, surrounded by bullies at school and wondering if he’ll ever be normal. He experiences first love with another high school student, Sherrie, and at the same time he meets his first friend, Russ. In pursuing Sherrie, Tim is drawn into a cult-like religious retreat, and his friendship with Russ takes a strange turn as the three teenagers confront their vanishing childhood.”

Jan Rehner with Almost True

From Inanna Publications: “Almost True is the story of an extraordinary friendship among four women living in a small village in Burgundy during World War II. Madeleine, the eccentric village beauty, is a spinner of stories and dreams. Léa, the doctor’s daughter, is brave and resourceful. Simone, the outsider from Paris, has a secret of her own to hide, and the hardworking and practical Eugénie struggles to keep her vineyard alive. When Eugénie’s younger brother, the reckless and handsome Gaston, is suddenly missing, the village buzzes with rumour. All four women think they know the true story of Gaston’s fate, and each of them is wrong. But the truth will bind them together forever.”

We can stay warm together on November 25!!

Join us on Sunday November 25 for a warm gathering of fiction, long and short and a teensy bit of poetry to top off the 2018 year of readings.

Famous Last Words at 392 Pacific Ave,  opens its doors at 5:00pm and we usually start the readings at 5:30pm. Get there early to order your drink so all that deliciousness can be shaken and stirred before the readings begin.

We are so excited (once again) to bring you a diverse and beautiful bunch of writers, who will all bring their emotionally provocative work to us. This month of readings will challenge your perceptions of “creative writing” and hopefully leave you thinking about how writing imaginatively from the truth can bring us the deepest and most artistic kind of story.

Mugabi Byenkya  brings us his book, Dear Philomena. which is a collection of thoughts and conversations between Mugabi and the girl his mother expected him to be when he was born.  Dear Philomena is an intense exploration and intimate experiential book that will challenge how you view your own experiences with mental and physical health and well-being.

Adam Lindsay Honsinger is “a writer, musician, and illustrator. He completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and his debut novel Gracelessland (Enfield & Wizenty) was published in 2015. His newest book, Somewhere North of Normal (2018), is a collection of short stories that takes the reader to a place where the less stable elements of reality bend: where a dying butterfly may inspire a revelation, where after being electrocuted, an artist’s body becomes a work of art, where a man may wake up after falling four stories to find himself face to face with his ten-year-old self.”

Anubha Mehta is a Canadian writer and artist who was born in India. Her book Peacock in the Snow “is a genre-bending thriller about the power of love, sacrifice and the tireless capacity of people to hope, strive and succeed despite challenging circumstances.”

Kristen den Hartog ‘s second collaboration with her sister Tracy Kasaboski is The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey. “The book delves into their maternal British roots, beginning in the 1840s, when their 3xgreat grandfather walked from Wales to London with his cows, in search of a better life. A working-class chronicle stitched into history, the tale follows the family line for nearly a century, through poverty, war, and love, and ends with the authors’ grandparents in London, Ontario, in the 1930s.”

Elee Kraljii Gardiner joins us with her chapbook memoir poetry Trauma Head. “Gardiner’s Trauma Head is a quicksilvered mirror—a startling and exquisite sequence of poems. The ‘unspeakable’ reflected is intensely fierce and sublimely sensual. Difficult, devastating, and meticulously crafted, this work is a rewarding chronicle of persistence through the trauma of recovery and return. Speech and soma are disrupted, shattered, unsheathed and reshaped—and they shimmer with Kraljii Gardiner’s luminous strength and control.” —Sandra Ridley

October 28 is wide open!!

Join us on Sunday October 28 at 5:15pm at Famous Last Words for an open mic (kind of sort of booked some people in advance because I was too scared writers wouldn’t show up). Still spots available, so come if you have new fiction to share. Think about 5-10 minutes. Think about 1000 words. Think about how great it will be to share your work in front a live audience!

We will host a special guest! Maureen Medved is traveling around to promote her new book!

Black Star is “a dark comedy, both bitingly funny and transgressive, an unflinching and unsentimental exploration of the female experience, academia, and the idea of power that burns in the mind as white as acid.”

Maureen Medved is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright as well as an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. She has written essays on television and film for the magazine Herizons. Her work has been distributed and performed world-wide. Her novel The Tracey Fragments was first published in 1998 by House of Anansi Press. Anansi published a film tie-in edition to coincide with the Canadian release of the film in Fall 2007, and Les Allusifs has published a French language version of the book. (The French language edition won a 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation.) Bruce McDonald directed Medved’s screen adaptation of The Tracey Fragments starring Ellen Page, which opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival and won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. In 2009, Medved received the Artistic Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television, Vancouver. Black Star is Medved’s second novel; Anvil will be publishing Medved’s third book, her essays on television and film, in 2019. Maureen is currently working on a new novel.

Please sir, May I have some more books?

Murder, The Maritimes, Migration, Mayhem and More!

May promises to be all that it’s meant to be…our big book send off! Fall will be here before you know it (sorry, but it’s true) so you need to join us on Sunday May 27 at 5:15 for your last reading feeding!

These are also the last readings before you really start to organize and manage your schedule of summer reading! These books are essential inventory!

David Huebert  Peninsula Sinking “brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of ruin. Peninsula Sinking offers up eight urgent and electric meditations on the mysteries of death and life, of grief and love, and never shies away from the joy and horror of our submerging world.” Biblioasis

Mehri Yalfani’s “stories provide a glimpse of life in post-revolutionary Iran, where the new regime that replaced the old one continues the suppression and prosecution of political activists, only more harshly and mercilessly.” “The Street of Butterflies feature Iranian women dealing with displacement, cultural change, and struggles for survival and adaptation as immigrants in North America. At the same time, the challenges they face also reveal the racial, gendered and cultural anxieties of these same individuals who carry with them the biases of their country of origin to the norms of the new land.”

Chris Laing brings us his next book in the Max Dexter series. “The last person I wanted to see again was my mother. But she turned up anyway.” ​Max Dexter’s mother is apparently in town to meet with Hamilton Mob bosses. But she abandoned Max as a child almost twenty-five years ago. So why in hell should he meet her now? It’s a week before Christmas in 1947 and Max and Isabel are feeling the heat from those dark forces who don’t believe in “Peace on Earth”

Who the Hell is Lizzie Violet?  “Lizzie Violet is a writer, horror aficionado, and lover of all things Zombie.  She was that creepy little girl you caught reading Poe in cemeteries & continues to do so as an adult. Her shelves are filled with tales of horror, death & creepy little dolls. Those who visit her lair, beware, as there are horrific surprises lurking, waiting, anticipating. Don’t let her sunny smile and quiet demeanour fool you.  Those are the creatures you should truly be watching out for.”

Escape the April Ice Storm with a good book!!

We have 5 great books coming to Junction Reads on April 29! We are hosting a great mix of Young Adult fiction and Adult fiction with  Glynis GuevaraUrsula PflugAndrew DaleySally Cooper and Ele Pawelski.

Join us at Famous Last Words for a perfect evening of readings and discussion.  We have a new start time (5:15pm), which gives staff time to open up and get set up.

Glynis Guevara will share her YA novel Under the Zaboca Tree, “At ten, Melody Sparks, better known as Baby Girl, is excited to move to the tropical island of Trinidad with her single-parent dad, but she silently longs for her mother, a woman she can’t recall ever meeting and doesn’t have a photo of. She fits in to her new life in Paradise Lane quite well: she loves her school and makes new friends. However, her longing for blood family remains strong. But Baby Girl is suddenly and unexpectedly uprooted from her comfortable life in Paradise Lane by and forced to reside in Flat Hill Village, a depressed, crime-ridden community. She struggles to adjust to life in this village with the help of new friends, Arlie, a village activist and Colm, a young man who mentors her to write poetry. When Baby Girl witnesses a serious crime, her father insists she move in with relatives she doesn’t know very well, where she ultimately uncovers the truth about her mother. Under the Zaboca Tree is a contemporary coming of age novel that explores multiple issues including the challenges of being a motherless adolescent, searching for one’s identity, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the ability to adapt to difficult situations.” Inanna Publications

Ursula Pflug brings us her her novel  whose protagonist, “seventeen-year-old Camden splits her time between her father, a minor rock star, and her mom, a scruffy “hardware geek” who designs and implements temporary and sustainable power systems and satellite linkups for off-grid music and art festivals, tree-sits, and attends gatherings of alternative healers. Lark, Camden’s father, provides her with brand-name jeans, running shoes, and makeup, while her mother’s world is populated by anarchists, freaks, geeks, and hippies. Naturally, Camden prefers staying with her dad and going to the mall with his credit card and her best friend, but one summer, when Lark is recording a new album, Camden accompanies her mother, Laureen, to a healing camp on a mountain in Northern California. After their arrival, Laureen heads to San Francisco, ostensibly to find her lover, but she never comes back. Alone, penniless, and without much in the way of camping skills, Camden withdraws. Things begin to look up when she is befriended by Skinny, a young man in charge of the security detail at the camp who knew her mother as a child. The summer ends and Camden heads back to Toronto to find her dad, and it’s only there that she learns Laureen’s disappearance is tied, unexpectedly, to the secrets Skinny tried to keep from her for months, until, finally, he couldn’t.” Inanna Publications

Andrew Daley  brings us his second book: “a thriller, a love story, an elegy, and a confession, Resort recounts the misadventures of actors/con artists, Jill Charles and Danny Drake. Broke and desperate in Acapulco, Danny agrees to Jill’s scamming of an eccentric older English couple, leading them across Mexico to Veracruz. Along the way, Danny begins to suspect Jill hasn’t told him the truth about herself or the English couple, who may have nefarious designs of their own. Set in Mexico, Toronto, and points in between, Resort is an engrossing, moving, and darkly comic journey through the shadowy side of a sunny world.” Tightrope Books

Ele Pawelski joins us with her thought-provoking novella, The Finest Supermarket in Kabul. “January 2011, a suicide bomb detonates in Kabul’s Finest Supermarket, an upscale convenience store. Three distinctive characters are swept up in the aftermath: Merza, a new parliamentarian plagued by ominous threats after winning his seat; Alec, an American journalist looking for a scoop on modern daily life in the ravaged capital; Elyssa, a Canadian lawyer training female magistrates while side-stepping unwanted attention from a powerful male judge. These unique perspectives intersect in the dramatic and savage attack, leaving each less certain than before.” Quattro Books

Sally Cooper will share her third book, Smells Like Heaven. “Set in the fictional town of Fletcher, the connected stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Fletcher is a town the characters strive to escape, but keep returning to, as they stumble through life searching for ways to connect and transcend their claustrophobic pasts. Following two sisters—Devon and Christine—as well as their friends and lovers, this collection exposes the core of what it means to be transformed by love.” ARP Books


Spring Reading is better than summer reading!!

The Spring promises fresh flowers, rainy rain and sunnier sunshine (alliteration has never been my strong suit) and it also brings new books!

Why not come out to meet and mingle with some great writers and snag a few new books? And you won’t have to swipe the sweat from your sandy brow like all those summer readers will have to!

This month, we have memoir, short stories and some fabulous long stories!

Christopher Cameron   brings his memoir Dr. Bartolo’s Umbrella Memoir and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life  to us this month. “Dr. Bartolo’s is a funny, touching, irreverent memoir about Christopher Cameron’s thirty-year career as an opera and concert singer on stages across the country. Cameron might have been a nondescript face in a crowd, but when he sang, he was somebody.”

With a feared MMA cage fighter as protagonist, Kevin Hardcastle’s In the Cage weaves together a grittily masterful tale of violence, family, and resilience as Kevin Hardcastle penetrates what it means to survive in the rural underclass.”

Part mystery, part elegy, Karen Smythe ‘s This Side of Sad begins with an ending: the violent enigma of a man’s death. Was it an accident, or did James commit suicide? In the shattering aftermath, his widow, Maslen, questions her own capacity for love and undertakes a painful self-inquiry, examining the history of her heart and tracing the fault lines of her own fragile identity.

“In the linked stories of Kasia Jaronczyk’s Lemons, the lives of Basia and her family are seen through a kaleidoscopic lens that follows them over twenty years from communist Poland, to their new home in Canada, then back to Poland, to make sense of everything that has happened in the interim.”

Terri Favro  bring us “a gritty tragi-comic fairy tale of sexual obsession and longing, based in equal parts on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, with Once Upon A Time In West Toronto is the story of outsiders reinventing themselves in Toronto’s immigrant neighbourhoods from the 1970s to the present.”

February 25: Let’s say goodbye to the blahs…together!

5 new readings and 6 fabulous writers! Nothing affirms my faith in a promising future filled with diverse and unique #canlit voices, than a reading such as this!

5:00pm at Famous Last Words: 392 Pacific Ave

Tehmina Khan brings us an incredible collections of short stories! Published by Mawenzi House, Things She Could Never Have is Tehmina’s debut into Canadian publishing. And how beautifully Canadian this collection is! Stories that show us the many dimensions of Pakistani and Muslim culture, with characters, both privileged and marginalized, struggling to find space in the world. ““Whisperings of the Devil” takes us into the mind of a mistreated maidservant’s boy who gets seduced into the role of a suicide bomber. In “To Allah We Pray,” two privileged and educated young men, one of them home from Toronto, gallivant through the streets of Karachi, finally walking into a doomed mosque. “Things She Could Never Have” is a love story about two young trans women living in Karachi. “Born on the First of July” opens the door into the home of a Toronto girl who has left to join ISIS and the devastated family she leaves behind. “The First” will astonish many readers by its depiction of sexual encounters of young college girls in Pakistan.”

Sylvain Prud’homme’s novel Les Grands has been translated by Wellcome Prize winner Jessica Moore as The Greats and published by Book*hug in Toronto.  Originally published in France, Les Grands was winner of both the 2015 Prix Littéraire de la Porte Dorée and the 2014 Prix Georges Brassens, “The Greats is a novel of mourning, love, and the thirst for justice that tells the story of a population who knew hope and independence but now live under the oppressive rule of an army dictatorship. BookThug is very proud to introduce the work of Sylvain Prudhomme, a steadily rising literary star in France, to English readers.”

Terry Watada will read from his novel, The Three Pleasures published by Anvil Press. Every Canadian should know about the Japanese internment camps. Although history lessons have changed over the years, as we learn more, and more is shared, we cannot experience it as deeply and honestly as we will through the three main characters in Terry’s book.  “The story is told through three main characters in the Japanese community: Watanabe Etsuo, Morii Etsuji and Etsu Kaga, the Three Pleasures. Etsu in Japanese means “pleasure”; the term is well-suited to these three. Morii Etsuji, the Black Dragon boss, controls the kind of pleasure men pay for: gambling, drink and prostitution – the pleasures of the flesh. Watanabe Etsuo, Secretary of the Steveston Fishermen’s Association, makes a deal with the devil to save his loved ones. In the end, he suffers for it and never regains the pleasures of family. And there is Etsu Kaga, a Ganbariya of the Yamato Damashii Group, a real Emperor worshipper. His obsession becomes destructive to himself and all involved with him. He enjoys the pleasure of patriotism until that patriotism becomes a curse.”

Catherine Graham brings us her debut novel, Quarry, a story about family secrets, deep, damaging, but ultimately strengthening as our protagonist struggles to uncover and face her family’s past. “Set in southern Ontario during the 1980’s, acclaimed poet Catherine Graham’s debut novel is layered like the open-pit mine for which it is named. Caitlin Maharg, an only child, lives in a house by a water-filled limestone quarry whose gothic presence is elemental to the story. With loving parents and what appears to be an idyllic upbringing, much has been kept from her and she learns that her mother is dying. But there are things Caitlin knows in a wordless way, the way she knows every inch of the quarry. By the time she’s in her last year of university, her losses multiply. And when a series of family secrets emerges, Caitlin learns to rely on her inner strength. She gains the confidence she needs to confront her maternal grandmother and carry out her father’s last wish.”

Lesley Trites offers us her debut collection of short stories, A Three-tiered Pastel Dream, published by Véhicule Press. There is no secret that women have had to BE everything for so many, but without ever getting the credit or acknowledgement. It’s no wonder so many have secrets! Lesley “unearths pearls of wisdom from the secret lives of women who could easily live next door, drop off their kids at the same school, or work in the next cubicle. A career-focused woman finds her life taken off course by an unexpected pregnancy and its challenging aftermath; a troubled doctor abandons her family on her daughter’s birthday, the three-tiered pastel layer cake in the passenger seat beside her; a young mother must contend with how to explain her husband’s suicide to their child.”


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