An EXCLUSIVE excerpt from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Mandel_station-elevenThis week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured read is… STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel!

5 reasons why we chose it:

1. The gorgeous, gorgeous cover.
2. It has Shakespeare, post-apocalyptic North America, a traveling theatre troupe, and cults. What more could you want in a novel??
3. The author is Canadian, and part of the book is set in Toronto!
4. Ann Patchett, Erin Morgenstern, Jessie Burton, and Emma Straub are all raving about it.
5. It is one of the most engaging, more enthralling, and most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t stop talking about it.

~Shannon

Curious about Station Eleven? Add it to your 50 Book Pledge shelf now, and scroll down to read an exclusive excerpt from the book.

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Bookmarks: September 13

As a Savvy Reader, do you sometimes feel as if reading books does not offer enough book-related goodness? Do you feel like there is not enough books in your day? Do you have an insatiable love of all things literary?

If so, Bookmarks is the post for you! Here, we round up articles, photos and links from the web to appease your bookish soul. If you’re simply too busy, “bookmark” each link and save them for later!

1. Launch of Harper Avenue Imprint!

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HarperCollinsCanada is launching their brand new imprint with two exciting titles on sale this week: Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel! The Harper Avenue imprint is particularly exciting for readers because it was created to highlight books that are expected to become their new favourites! Included with the aforementioned amazing titles are books by David Nicholls, Amy Poehler (girlish squeal!), Caitlin Moran, Graeme Simsion and Jacqueline Baker. Wow!

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Inderjit on “Medicine Walk”

Brilliant. Compelling. Masterpiece. These are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of Richard Wagamese’s latest novel Medicine Walk.

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Sixteen-year-old Franklin Starlight is summoned by his estranged father, Eldon, an alcoholic dying of liver failure. Eldon, who has been nothing but a disappointment, asks his son to take him out to the land and bury him in “the warrior way” of their ancestors. Franklin agrees and thus begins his journey of acceptance, belonging and reconciliation.

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