Non-fiction 2015

♫ Morning’s here. The morning’s here. Sunshine is near. ♫
Anyone else been watching Friends since it became available on Netflix? Just me, then. Okay.

Let’s get down to business. The voting for whether we list our books a few months in advance is almost over and it very much looks as though the Yes vote has won. We’ll get right on that…in a bit. Today we’ll vote for the Non-Fiction March read, and I’ll put up votes for some other reads soon so we can get those sorted, but I feel as though April and October (our New Release months) should be left open as we really want to pick an actual new release in the new release months. That sound okay? Not too spontaneous for you, Laura? 🙂

Here is the vote for our non-fiction month. Happy to be promoting non-fiction after Jennifer posted this article from the Globe and Mail.

Kirt would like to read:
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillanttiger
This book has made the shortlist for umpteen awards and won a whopping 7 awards when it came out.

A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.
Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.

Tania would like to read:
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn
Listed as a Canadian female author to read for International Women’s Day, I’ve been trying to get this book on the podcast for 2 years now. It has also won an award.

As raw and fiery as its author, How Poetry Saved My Life is a powerful account of poetrysurvival and the transformative power of literature.

Amber Dawn’s acclaimed first novel Sub Rosa, a darkly intoxicating fantasy about a group of magical prostitutes who band together to fend off bad johns in a fantastical underworld, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2011. While the plot of the book was wildly imaginative, it was also based on the author’s own experience as a sex worker in the 1990s and early 2000s, and on her coming out as lesbian.

How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn’s sophomore book, reveals an even more poignant and personal landscape—the terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This memoir, told in prose and poetry, offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author’s experiences hustling the streets of Vancouver, and how those years took away her self-esteem and nearly destroyed her; at the crux of this autobiographical narrative is the tender celebration of poetry and literature, that—as the title suggests—acted as a lifeline during her most pivotal moments.

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6 Responses to Non-fiction 2015

  1. Naomi says:

    How can I choose?? They are so different, but both sound so good.
    I choose both. Can I do that? 🙂

  2. I voted for The Tiger, only because it’s been on my radar for a while. Both great choices. However, Poetry will probably lead to a more interesting discussion (but get ready to blush!).

    Good luck with whichever one wins 🙂

    • writereads says:

      I’m excited for either choice and I’m good with watching Kirt blush. If Poetry wins, I’ll have to bring a camera to post a pic of our blushing with the podcast post 🙂 -Tania

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