WOTS Book of the Month is a new program that will highlight one fantastic Canadian author a month. Watch for our announcement on Twitter the first week of every month! Mid-month, we will hold a chat with the author on Twitter. If you have thoughts on the book, we welcome you to submit your review or reaction to be posted on our blog.
Follow @teamutonji and @torontoWOTS to join our #WOTSauthorchat discussing Shut Up You’re Pretty on Friday, May 24th at 12pm
To submit a short (300 word max.) book review for this months’ title, please get in touch with Maya at email@example.com
Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls.
Natasha Donovan is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side anthology and This Place: 150 Years Retold (2019). Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.
Surviving the City
Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape. When Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can’t stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez disappears. Will Dez’s community find her before it’s too late?
Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, Ontario where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.
Shut Up You're Pretty
In Téa Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a young girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a teenager contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic, and an adult daughter reconnects with her mother through their shared interest in fish.
Tinged with pathos and humour, these punchy, sharply observed stories interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.
Adrian De Leon is an Abagatan (Southern) Ilokano writer and cultural educator from Baranggay Bagong Tanyag in Manila by way of Scarborough, Ontario. He teaches Philippine histories in university classrooms, community events, and martial arts gyms. He lives in Toronto.
To commemorate a tragedy.
This series of poems is a response to the 2012 mass shooting at a block party on Danzig Street, Scarborough (Toronto). The city’s east end becomes a source of poetic inspiration, and the two intersecting subway lines provide the organizing structure. From west to east, and north to south–Kipling to McCowan, Finch to Downsview–the stations on the way inspiring form, voice, and content, meditation, commentary, and geometry. The City is the Poem.
Joshua Kloke is a sports and music journalist whose work has been published by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Sportsnet, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. He currently covers Toronto FC and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Athletic.
Come On You Reds
At inception it looked like Toronto FC had a bright future ahead of it, but what followed was eight seasons of misery through which TFC fans never wavered. Come on You Reds takes fans behind the scenes, from the beginning, through the team’s lowest years, and finally, to become arguably the best team in MLS history.
Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular on CBC Radio, his new novel Original Prin was recently selected as a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He’s a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Principal of St. Michael’s College.
Following a cancer diagnosis, Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic. But when his historic college in downtown Toronto faces a shutdown and he meets with the condominium developers ready to take it over, Prin hears the voice of God. He goes to the Middle East, hoping to save both his college and his soul. His ex-girlfriend from graduate school’s coming along.
Lauren B. Davis is the author of six novels, including Our Daily Bread, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, as well as two short story collections. Lauren was born in Montreal and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Grimoire of Kensington Market
Toronto is being overtaken by a magical drug, elysium, that allows its users to slip into another world, before it consumes them. No one has escaped the drug and its dealer, the icily alluring Srebrenka, except Maggie. When her brother becomes addicted, she sets off on a quest to rescue him.