Whether spending a day at the beach or curled up with a cup of tea watching a summer storm, Goose Lane’s staff and friends are digging into some Good Summer Reads from our fiction catalogue.
Fill out your own Good Summer Reads shelf with 20% off by shopping the Good Summer Reads Collection at Goose Lane Editions. Just enter discount code SUMMER20 at checkout. Plus, Canadian readers get free shipping on orders over $35 (before tax, of course)!
Jeff, our Marketing Manager, is reading Marry, Bang, Kill by Andrew Battershill
“How about a fun crime thriller peppered with eyebrow-raising humour? Andrew Battershill’s Marry, Bang, Kill is full of small-time crooks, questionable choices, and a delightfully absurd plot. Guaranteed to scratch the itch you’re feeling in between episodes of Better Call Saul.”
Ben, our Publicity Manager, is reading The Gunsmith’s Daughter by Margaret Sweatman
“Margaret Sweatman's pitch-perfect place-setting transports readers into a hot, muggy Saigon day. The subject matter is riveting, and the characters feel alive. What more can you ask for on a July afternoon when it's too hot to do anything except lay in the sun with a good book?”
Janet from Westminster Books is reading Crow by Amy Spurway
“Amy Spurway has written a beautiful story that plays with your emotions. You will cry on one page and laugh on the next. Crow is a thoroughly enjoyable read.”
Susanne, our Publisher, is reading A Guide to Animal Behaviour by Douglas Glover
“The stories are dark, complex, and hilarious. Even now, more than thirty years since I first read these stories, I catch myself laughing out loud – at the most inopportune moments.”
Alan, our Production Editor, is reading Different Beasts by J. R. McConvey
“If you’re looking for a short story collection that will make you roar with laughter and send a chill down your spine then look no further than J.R. McConvey’s Different Beasts. From rampaging bears and cowardly gun owners to a near future Niagara Falls via malevolent stuffies and unexpected finds in shipping containers, J.R. McConvey’s collection navigates the line between dark humour and the uncanny. Perfect for a hot summer’s night when you can’t sleep anyway.”
Julie, our Creative Director, is reading The Nettle Spinner by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
“Hot, sweaty, and gritty, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s The Nettle Spinner is part fairy tale, part deep-woods drama. Kuitenbrouwer’s first novel is a great gripping read.”
Angela, our Publishing Assistant, is reading Will Starling by Ian Weir
“There are mysteries aplenty in this rollicking yet haunting tale as Will Starling searches for truths even he hasn’t foreseen. I couldn’t put it down and highly recommend it. The ending will knock your socks off.”
Paul from King’s Co-op Bookstore is reading Blaze Island by Catherine Bush
"With the climate crisis getting worse every day, the protagonist of Blaze Island does what I'd sometimes like to do: run away to a remote island. Fleeing to an island to try and keep his daughter Miranda safe from the worsening climate catastrophes, Milan Wells does everything he can to protect her until a stranger washes up on the island and calls everything in her life into question. A minimalist cast with a simple premise that couldn't be more topical, Blaze Island should be on everyone's nightstand."
Aurianna, our Data and eCommerce Coordinator, is reading Catch My Drift by Genevieve Scott
“Sad, heartfelt, tender… It’s like listening to my favourite Phoebe Bridgers song alone in a dark room.”
Grace, our Publicity and Marketing Assistant, is reading Rafael Has Pretty Eyes by Elaine McCluskey
“McCluskey’s humorous vignettes into daily life have made me laugh out loud more than once. These short stories are perfect for whenever I have just a moment to read.”
John from McNally Robinson Booksellers is reading Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson
"The first words in a work by Patricia Robertson unfurl a world before you. Each of the stories in Hour of the Crab is an immersive, elegantly written, and thoughtful immersion in the life, the thoughts, the struggles of her finely wrought characters. A highly recommended collection.”
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