Biography: Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

January 10, 2023 News Editor 0

Today, finally is the day. And you don’t need us to tell you about it. If you’ve picked up a newspaper or magazine, listened to a podcast or read news online, there’s no way you didn’t hear about it, Spare, Prince Harry’s tell-all book — who everyone has been talking  about for a week — went on sale today. Far be it from us to add promotion where certainly none is needed. But we thought […]

This Just In… Bane of All Things by Leo Valiquette

January 10, 2023 News Editor 0

In Bane of All Things we arrive to the Four Kingdoms. Here the Holy Clerisy preaches that the gods are dead, and prayer is the path to Hell. Anyone who defies doctrine is punished for heresy. But blind faith can damn a soul as surely as betrayal. One bitter winter’s night, Ryn Ruscroft, once sworn to serve as the Clerisy’s loyal soldier, finds himself torn between conscience and duty. Those slain include his best friend, […]

Russell Banks

Russell Banks Dies at 82

January 9, 2023 News Editor 0

  Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and many others, has died at age 82. Banks’ agent, Ellen Levine, confirmed his death from cancer on January 8th. Remembering Banks on Twitter, the great documentarian Ken Burns remarked that, “Russell Banks was one of our greatest writers, with a keen understanding of how space and race influenced our history and literature, something he also said about Mark Twain in this clip from our film […]

Suzette Mayr

Mayr and The Sleeping Car Porter Win the $100,000 Giller Prize

November 7, 2022 News Editor 0

Suzette Mayr of Calgary, Alberta has won the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her sixth novel, The Sleeping Car Porter. From The Globe and Mail: Published by Coach House Books, The Sleeping Car Porter tells the story of a queer Black train worker in the 1920s who must contend with the perils of white passengers, ghosts and his secret love affair. The awarding of the most lucrative prize in Canadian literature was witnessed at an […]

Julie and Julia Author Dead at 49

November 1, 2022 News Editor 0

The writer and food blogger who helped us rediscover Julia Child has died. Julie Powell, the author of Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, was just 49. Powell died at home in Olivebridge, in upstate New York. Her husband has said that the cause of her death was cardiac arrest. A final Tweet, in the context of hindsight, is heartbreaking. “So I woke up with something that’s literally Black Hairy […]

Cookbooks: Mushroom Growing and Medicinal Mushroom Books, 2-in-1 Collection by Kris Rowson

October 30, 2022 News Editor 0

Mushrooms are amazing! I’ve always thought so. And if you’ve ever figured you knew a lot about them, do some reading and you’ll discover how little you know. I have had a strong interest in edible mushrooms for many years and I know more than a little. I thought. But from the first moment reading Kris Rowsan’s Mushroom Growing and Medicinal Mushroom Books, 2-in-1 Collection and you discover how little you’ve discovered in the past. […]

The Plant-Based Air Fryer Cookbook

Cookbooks: The Plant Based Air Fryer Cookbook by Paul Green

October 24, 2022 News Editor 0

Who says all the decadent foods have to be focused on animal flesh? There is so much more out there. Anyone who has ever enjoyed vegan cheeses can attest to that. But what about taking it still further? What about creating delicious decadent-feeling plant-based treats, that really aren’t terrible for you at all? That is the focus of The Plant Based Air Fryer Cookbook by Paul Green, who has already delivered several vegan cookbooks that […]

This Just In… Love in Another Time: Brushed-Off by M. Lee Musgrave

October 12, 2022 News Editor 0

Artist James Terra and his married lover Nicole find themselves in a tangled web while searching for the killer of LA’s hottest artists. Homicide Detective Cisco Rivas asks James for help with LA’s zany art community. The case quickly turns into a quagmire of intrigue and vicious jealousy amongst the dazzling talent and wealth of schizophrenic Los Angeles. James wants Nicole to leave her husband. When another artist is murdered, she joins the hunt for […]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Murder She Wrote Star Dead at 96

October 11, 2022 News Editor 0

Angela Lansbury, best known as the star of the long-running CBS series Murder She Wrote, has died. She was 96 years old. As a young starlet, Lansbury featured in many important Hollywood films. Her career began in 1944. From the New York Times: The English-born daughter of an Irish actress, she was just 18 when she landed her first movie role, as Charles Boyer’s cheeky Cockney servant in the thriller “Gaslight” (1944), a precocious debut […]

Cookbooks: Water Bath Canning For Beginners and Beyond! by Linda C. Johnson

August 26, 2022 News Editor 0

The rewards of home canning are many. The brilliantly colored filled jars lining your shelves. The health benefits of feeding your family food you’ve put up with your own hands. The spoilage you prevent by buying fruits and vegetables when they are abundant (and often cheap!) and preserving them for consumption at a time of the year when they are more dear. If you’ve never canned before, the idea of beginning home canning can seem […]