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Books: July 2012 Archives

The Darling of Kandahar

Maclean's cover.jpgA few years ago, MacLeans magazine - the Student Edition - featured a lovely young woman on the cover - and it caught the attention of a soldier in Afghanistan.

He wrote to MacLean's to thank them for the cover, and she became a sort of "pin-up" for the soldier and his fellow-soldiers in Kandahar. The Canadian media nicknamed her The Darling of Kandahar.

They never met. The young soldier died shortly afterward. So that's where the story ended - until Felicia Mihali re-imagined it.

darling of kandahar.jpgFelicia is a Romanian novelist who's lived in Montreal since 2000. Her new novel - her first in English - is titled The Darling of Kandahar. She'll be presenting it at the Knowlton WordFest next Saturday.


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Pasha Malla: People Park

51UogR32YIL__SL500_AA300_.jpgPasha Malla's debut collection of short stories The Withdrawal Method was a huge success.
Praised as "weird and wild and wonderful," it became a Book of the Year in both the Globe and Mail and the National Post. It also won Ontario's Trillium Book award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.

Now Pasha Malla has published his first novel.
It's called People Park. And it's set on a fictional island in the middle of which is a large public park.

Pasha Malla was born on an island too - in St-John's Newfoundland - and now lives in Toronto.
But he also has a Montreal Island connection: he lived here while studying at Concordia University.

This morning, he spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about his latest book.

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Kids' summer reading with CBC Books

No-Ordinary-Day-Ellis-Deborah-9781554981342.jpgLooking to get the kids' noses in a book up at the cottage? Sonali gets CBC Books producer Erin Balser's top picks for kids and young-adult summer fiction. (Oh, and they also wax poetic about Archie comics.) 


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