For book lovers, summer presents a welcome opportunity to grab a stack of paperbacks (or an e-reader) and head outside to get lost in a story, while you feel the breeze blow and the sun on your face. To celebrate the summer months, The Sunday Edition is taking a special look at great books for the beach (or your favourite park or backyard) in several different genres. Starting Sunday, July 1, there will be interviews and plenty of book recommendations for the next several weeks.
We also want to give you a chance to win some books to add to your summer reading stack. There are two ways to play! First, let us know in the comments section below what your favourite summer read is. At the end of the beach read series, we'll hold a random draw to select the winner of our grand prize: a selection of the books featured on The Sunday Edition and a Sony Reader Digital book!
Your second chance to win: each week, we'll post the latest beach reads segment and ask you to name your favourite book in that genre. We'll hold a random draw, and the winner will win the book featured that week!
You can enter our grand prize draw now, by leaving a comment. Then check back on Tuesday, July 3, for the first beach reads segment.
Here are the rules and regulations.
Week 10: Location, location, location
In the final Beach Reads segment, the Sunday Edition looked at the
importance of location in a story, and how some authors make towns and
cities more than just backdrops -- sometimes they become characters
Week 9: Louise Penny
Quebec writer Louise Penny knows a thing or two about old fictional friends. Her creation, the brilliant, brave, mystery-solving Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been winning fans since 2005's Still Life. She brought him back for another adventure in her latest novel The Beautiful Mystery. There's no question that Gamache is much beloved (after all, he won this past year's reader-voted CanLit Hunger Games, and CBC has just commissioned a movie based on Still Life). But just why is it so easy to fall for him, The Sunday Edition asked recently.
Week 8: Giles Blunt and Peter Kirby
Novelists Giles Blunt and Peter Kirby have plenty of experience in writing stories that keep you hooked, even if the weather's gorgeous and the people around you smell delightfully of coconut-scented sunscreen.
Week 7: Thrillers
Emily Schultz talks to the show about her novel The Blondes, an apocalyptic tale about a global virus that turns blonde women into rabid killers.
Week 6: Suspense
This week, The Sunday Edition goes to the beach with Canadian novelist Morley Torgov. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal twice for his humour writing, but has also been exploring the world of suspense through novels set in the 19th century and featuring Inspector Hermann Preiss.
Week 5: Nature
This week's Sunday Edition beach read brings us back in touch with nature. Poet and writer Harry Thurston talks about his book The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History, in which he examines the origins of this geographically and geologically diverse region.
Week 4: Canadian YA
In this edition of TSE Goes to the Beach, guest host Alison Smith has a
chat with two stars among Canada's young adult fiction writers: Moira
Young, author of the acclaimed dystopian Dust Lands trilogy, and Rachel
Hartman, who recently penned the dragon-filled fantasy novel Seraphina.
Week 3: True heroes
This week, the show highlights a book that focuses on the extraordinary life of Gino
Bartali, the Italian cyclist who defied fascist authorities during the
Second World War to help Jewish people.
Week 2: Science fiction
In the second instalment of The Sunday Edition Goes to the Beach, Scott
drops by to talk to guest host Alison Smith about his debut
science fiction novel The Rest Is Silence.
Week 1: MysteryRobin Spano
, Hilary Davidson
, Deryn Collier
and Ian Hamilton
talk about the craft of writing mysteries and creating captivating characters.