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

“Ellen Called Too.”

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“But I didn’t want to tell you the other day, because Oprah calling was already so much information to process.” That’s said casually the next week at dinner as my husband I delicately toast our respective glasses of Chateau Margaux because you know we drink that stuff like it’s going out of style. “Oh really?” He’ll tilt his head with a small … 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

Pen Names and Other Games

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I’ve been asked again and again why I’m writing under a pen name – Layne James. And the answer is simply thus: I want to. I’ve always known I’d write in some sort of official capacity and for as long as I’ve known that, I’ve known I’d choose a pseudonym. Perhaps it’s because so many authors I love have already … Read More

Books Read 2018

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As you may remember, I (Layne) have a goal of reading 52 books a year. I’ve been attempting this since I graduated university, but it isn’t as easy to find time to read in adult life and most years I would only read around 38 books. It’s not like when I was a kid when I easily read more like … 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

The Heart’s Invisible Furies I Book Review

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne has been getting rave reviews everywhere I’ve seen it posted, so I was stoked to finally get my hands on a copy. (Thank you, library.) The whole time I was reading this book (all 850 pages of it), I was thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to review this!” It opens with a bang:  … Read More

Letter to an Author

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In 1980, a 17-year-old student named Jay Williams wrote to Roald Dahl for some writing advice. Dahl, who is one of history’s best-selling fiction authors, with over 250 million copies sold worldwide responded: Dear Jay, You are asking too much of me. You must realise that I get an awful lot of these letters and you can’t expect me to write … Read More