The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna//Book Review

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames is, in many ways, a masterpiece. Grames follows the Fortuna family through decades of their life in old-world Italy into their new life in America. We follow Stella, the oldest living Fortuna child (who is named after her older sister also named Stella who died as a baby), until … Read More

Toast Book Club//Remember Us

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Last night I had the honour of visiting Toast Wine Bar‘s book club and, y’allllll – it took book clubbing to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. I’m not sure I can ever go back. They’ve been reading books from different countries (they recently completed a few months of Portugal, then Germany.) They read books from that month’s selected country and also … Read More

We Were All Drowning//Book Club Fiction

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Lindsay recently suggested we publish the first chapter of our current novels on here which I thought was a fabulous idea. (So you know we’re still working away on new novels and not simply retired with our heels up after Remember Us.) I’m currently working on two. Here’s the beginning of We Were All Drowning. Let me know what you … Read More

Book Club Challenge//Remember Us

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Hi friends! We are so loving connecting with book clubs and talking about our book, Remember Us. I recently attended a newly-formed Books and Brunch club to talk about Remember Us, our characters, and our experience writing the book. IT WAS SO FUN. They asked some amazing questions about the plotlines and characters and, bonus: they fed me an INCREDIBLE … Read More

Book Club Challenge//Remember Us

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Our goal of meeting with 100 book clubs over the course of this year is officially in full swing and we started Layne meeting a group in person in her town of Brantford, Ontario. We want to hear about the groups we’re connecting with, so we compiled a list of our own questions. Where it’s located? Brantford,  OntarioDoes your book club … Read More

Happy Pub Day, Remember Us

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s here – our baby book is now officially launched into the big world out there! We’re so excited, humbled, grateful for everyone who has given us their support and everyone who wants to read, has read, will read our little book. Thanks for celebrating with us today! Please rate/review us once you’ve read our book … Read More

Books Read//First Half of 2018

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For those of you who don’t know, my goal is to read 52 books a year. I rarely accomplish this, but still I adore having goals. Between grad school, working full-time, and trying to get our book launched (publication date is January 22, 2019 – mark your calendars!), reading has often taken a back burner in life this year. That … Read More

Note to Self: to Be Read Once We Get a Publisher

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[Because this should be embarrassing to admit but sometimes – often? – I write myself notes.] June 9, 2017 Dear Layne, Congratulations! You’ve come so far, baby girl – you and Lindsay have a publisher. That’s a Huge Freaking Deal. We’re so incredibly proud of you and know how hard you’ve worked to get to this place. We think it … Read More