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  2. Tish Heath says:

    Any chance you’d have a look at my books – Between the Ditches & Nerdy Little Secrets? I would be happy to send e-pub copies for review!!


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  4. What an inspiring sounding group! You might be intereste din sharing this with your fellow members:

    Ottawa Writers and Performers Read Kafka’s The Trial in Conjunction with Supreme Court Challenge to Secret Trials

    Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm

    St Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street, Ottawa

    A few short hours after the Supreme Court of Canada hears the public portion of a precedent-setting secret hearing on Thursday, October 10, a collection of Ottawa-area writers and performers will gather at St. Paul’s University at 7:30 pm, to read a staged adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial, the classic novel that begins, “Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.”

    Ottawa-area writers Elizabeth Hay, Alan Cumyn, Monia Mazigh, Louisa Taylor, and Matthew Behrens will be joined by performers Teri Loretto, Laurel Smith, Richard Gélinas, and Zachary Council in reading a special adaptation of The Trial that contrasts the original novel’s surreal story of a man trapped by anonymous allegations and the threat of indefinite detention with Canada’s security certificate system, which condemns individuals to years behind bars without charge, based on secret allegations neither they nor their lawyers, the media, or public are ever allowed to see and challenge.

    Ottawa’s Mohamed Harkat, arrested on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2002 on a security certificate, is still fighting the government’s secret case and potential deportation to torture in Algeria. His case will be heard in public on October 10 and then, in a dangerous precedent, the Supreme Court will retire to conduct a secret hearing at an undisclosed secure Ottawa location on Friday the 11th.

    “We read Kafka to understand how easily our nightmares become the life we create for ourselves, and for others,” says Cumyn. “‘The Trial’ is a wake-up call, sadly never out of date, not even in Canada, not even now.”

    An adaptation of The Trial was first presented in Toronto in 2005 and featured readers including Ann-Marie MacDonald, Charmion King, Bernard Behrens, Linda McQuaig, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Heather Mallick, and Stuart McLean. The adaptation, written by Matthew Behrens, was inspired by his attempts to send a copy of Kafka’s The Trial to his friend, secret trial detainee Hassan Almrei, then marking four years in solitary confinement without charge in Toronto. The book was not given to Almrei for undisclosed national security reasons, the ultimate Kafka-esque experience: a novel about secret hearings being kept out of the solitary confinement cell of someone subjected to secret hearings.

    Behrens, the national security columnist for, has also coordinated the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada since August, 2001, working closely with the detainees, their families, lawyers, and community supporters to raise awareness of the issue and challenge the unconstitutionality of security certificates. A 2006 Supreme Court challenge proved successful, but the Harper government simply reintroduced a new version of the old secret trial regime with a few additions, including secret hearings conducted by “special advocates” who can see some of the secret case. The detainees, however, are no closer to learning the basis of the case against them, although declassified CSIS documents reveal much of the regime is based on information gleaned from overseas torture.

    “For years, we have said these secret trials are the thin edge of the wedge, and here we are in 2013, with virtually no transparency when it comes to access to information requests, constant government claiming of secrecy, and proroguing of Parliament as common as season change,” says Behrens. “If you had asked in 2005 whether we would still be fighting security certificates alongside these men 8 years later, I would have thought it rather unlikely, but here we are, with all the revelations of malfeasance from CSIS and RCMP, and the courts still bow their head in deference when these scandal-plagued agencies request their secret hearings. I think most Canadians would be appalled to know the Supreme Court is holding a secret hearing on October 11.”

    Admission to The Trial is pay what you can, with suggested donation of $10, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    NOTE: On Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 am, supporters are urged to attend the pre-trial vigil at the Supreme Court

    On Friday, October 11, a vigil begins at the SUpreme Court at 10 am, Kent and Wellington.
    Further information: The Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, (613) 267-3998 or


  5. elle grounds says:

    Hi Ladies. I love your blog and wanted to suggest a funny, as in droll, irreverent, non-PC funny, amateur sleuth mystery for your reading pleasure. Small Town Trouble is the first in a mystery series by Jean Erhardt that features Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and amateur sleuth with moxie galore. The eBook has been #1 in the Amazon Kindle Amateur Sleuth category for 18 weeks now. The more recently released paperback version of Small Town Trouble is catching up and is in the top 5% of paperbacks on Amazon.

    In Small Town Trouble, we meet Kim Claypoole and get acquainted with her irreverent and witty ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that she regularly finds in her life. Claypoole’s adventures begin as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn from financial disaster. In the first scene of Small Town Trouble Claypoole says, “I’d had a feeling all along that this wasn’t going to be my day. But I hadn’t been prepared for things to go this badly…”

    Setting off to assist Evelyn (i.e., “the other Scarlett O’Hara”) with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves in her wake her Gatlinburg doublewide, her restaurant, The Little Pigeon, and her restaurant partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a budding secret love affair with a Martha Stewart wannabe that’s hotter than an Eskimo in July.
    Claypoole’s savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for her help clearing her hapless brother of murder charges. In true Claypoole fashion, Kim gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer complete with topless tavern dancers, small town cops, a stream of backwater characters-even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. Can Claypoole muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it’s too late?
    With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what’s around the next corner in the quirky life of Kim Claypoole.
    A review copy of Small Town Trouble in any eBook format can be sent promptly. It is available in paperback and eBook at independent booksellers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Jean Erhardt is a former private detective, and her second book in the Kim Claypoole series is due out in Spring 2014. Jean is currently is working on the fifth book in her Kim Claypoole series and is also writing the first book in a new series which is set in Portland, Oregon and features Haley Hammel, a private investigator who always seems to find more trouble than she is looking for.

    You can find out more about Jean on her website, or her Facebook page, which also has links to interviews and guest posts that Jean has done.
    Please contact Elle Grounds at Elle Grounds Literary Group (503.740.1771) or for further information.


    • Julia Kent says:

      Hi Elle,

      Sounds interesting! I’ll discuss with the other members and get back to you 🙂



      • Roger Vokey says:

        Dear Julai Kent

        I am a man and am very much interested in participating in your book club. My name is Roger and I want to be in a Book Club but they seem to exist only in the context of ladies. I am an English Lit major amd a lawyer by profession and really just want to share books and discuss books… which are my true passion. There are so few venues in which to do this age old tradition amongst gentlemen in past years.

        I have written a little and you can look me up on the internet… my name is Roger Vokey and I have written a little for Empowerment House. I would appreciate a comment and even better an invitation… you can contact me at Rogervokey @ Looking forward to hearing from you.


      • Julia Kent says:

        Hi Roger! Unfortunately our book club is not only women-only, but we only accept new members by referral. There are a ton of book clubs that welcome men found here, though! Good luck and I hope you’ll visit again!


  6. Kylie Craig says:

    Hi ladies! I stumbled across your blog and I’m in love! I love the idea of a group of 20-30 somethings participating in a book club. I too have read most of the titles that you’ve recently reviewed. I’ve been on the hunt for a group like this in Ottawa for quite a while. I’d love to know if you ladies have any openings for new members? I’d love to hear from you 🙂 Kylie


    • Julia Kent says:

      Hi Kylie!

      Thanks for contacting us and we’re so happy you love the blog! Unfortunately we accept new members periodically by referral only. But, if you visit or do a Google search for book clubs in Ottawa, there are plenty who are accepting new members!

      I hope you’ll visit the blog again soon. Happy reading!



  7. Greetings ,

    I just wanted to introduce you to a fantastic book. Two Women is a cautionary tale about two women who share the same soul. It is a magical look at the hard subject of domestic violence with a surprisingly humorous take.

    The book is currently a part of the Read Ontario promotion and was named as one of the most anticipated books of Fall 2013 by 49th Shelf. More information about the book can be found here:

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.

    Best Regards,

    Christene Browne


    About the book:

    Bernice Archer has raised her blind twin daughters, Eva and Ava, in the relative isolation of their low-income downtown neighborhood. Every night Bernice tells her daughters the same bedtime stories; stories that are sometimes magical, and often cautionary, about the dangers of the world outside the walls of their small apartment.

    Eva and Ava, now middle-aged, still wait for their mother’s stories with a combination of excitement and suspicion, knowing that there is much they haven’t been told. They are particularly mistrustful of Bernice’s warnings of the dangers of the opposite sex, and want to know more about the story of their own origins. As loving as she is loud and as full of secrets as she is of stories, Bernice is the centre of the universe for Eva and Ava, even as they yearn for freedom and experiences of their own.

    When Bernice notices two new neighbors in their building, she is inspired to tell a new story. And so begins the saga of Violet and Rose. Bernice believes that these two women were born at the exact same moment, hemispheres apart, and that they share the same soul. She knows also that domestic violence is an issue in both of their lives.

    Like Eva and Ava, the reader is swept along in the wake of Bernice’s stories, not knowing what is real and what is fantasy, but believing none the less.

    About the Author:

    Christene A. Browne is an award-winning filmmaker. Born in St. Kitts, Browne moved with her family to Regent Park, Canada’s oldest and largest low-income community, in 1970. There she became involved in making videos, participating in and then leading the Regent Park Video Workshop Project before going on to attend Ryerson University’s film program. Browne’s first dramatic feature, Another Planet, was the first feature film to be directed by a Black woman in Canada. In 2007 Browne completed Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language, a documentary series that looks at the History of Language from prehistoric time to the present day. In 2011 Browne was awarded the Documentary Filmmaker prize at the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase Visionary Awards. She lives in Toronto with her three children.


  8. danyulengelke says:

    Nice job, ladies!

    Lovely reviews. Keep up the good work and check us out at, (yes, the extra ‘e’ needs to be there) when you have some free time.

    Season’s greetings!


  9. lydia lo says:

    What a refreshing concept, for intelligent young women. Here’s a new Kindle Singles release, that on one level is a quirky romantic comedy, but on a deeper level can one identify character surrogates for philosophy / psychology / literary figures? “Highlights from a Life of Quiet Desperation”. A quick read, but will have you thinking long after.


  10. Hi
    Please let me introduce myself and The Dance of the Spirits. I am Catherine Aerie. The Dance of the Spirits is my novel. The book is about an American Army Lieutenant, a young Chinese surgeon and their forbidden love in a forgotten war. I invite you to review my book and appreciate your comments. I can gift you a copy through Amazon or mail a print to you. You can also see some Amazon reviews at
    The book’s ISBN 9780989690928
    I hope you can give The Dance of the Spirits a chance.
    Best wishes to you and yours.


  11. Jerilyn Goodman says:

    Would like to recommend THE CONDITIONS OF LOVE by Dale Kushner (Hachette). It’s a wise, funny, poignant, compelling story of resiliency and love in all its complicated forms. Each character is beautifully drawn. A great read. There’s a good discussion guide on the website ( and the author will speak to book groups by Skype, phone or in person. Paperback edition comes out in May. Highly recommended!


  12. Hi Julia,
    I love the camaraderie and dedication of your book club! Since you and Kristy both loved You Before Me, and because Brittany is studying law, I thought you might enjoy another story that touches your heart and offers great topics for discussion, my new release, Just DestinyJust Destiny by Theresa Rizzo, is a love story wrapped in suspenseful courtroom drama.

    What would you do if your whole world fell apart?
    Jenny Harrison made some poor choices in the past, but marrying Gabe was the best thing she’d ever done. They had the perfect marriage, until a tragic accident leaves Gabe brain dead and her world in ruins.
    Devastated by grief, she decides to preserve the best of their love by conceiving his child, but Gabe’s family is adamantly opposed, even willing to chance exposing long-held family secrets to stop her. Caught in a web of twisted motives and contentious legal issues, Jenny turns to best friend and attorney, Steve Grant. Steve wants to help Jenny, but he has reservations and secrets of his own.
    When something so private and simple turns public and complicated, will Jenny relent? What is Steve willing to sacrifice to help Jenny?

    Initial reviews concur that this story is an unputdownable read—so should be perfect for you ladies. If you’d like to consider this story for your book club, please drop me a line at and I’d be happy to send you a digital copy of Just Destiny.

    Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 

Theresa’s debut book, He Belongs to Me was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards! Find Theresa on the web at


  13. Sinead Hynes says:


    Your group sounds so fun and interesting. I’m a postdoc at UBC and am keen to meet people, read, and have fun. Are you accepting new members??


  14. Agnieszka says:

    Hi there,

    I am a 31-year-old stay at home mum at the moment, who loves to read. Because I have a very young daughter, I cannot really attend any meetings, because the child care proves to be problematic sometimes, so I’m wondering whether I could join your web-based book club.


  15. Hi Girls!
    I am a comedian and author who just published his first book. I have been getting great feedback from people who have read it. You can read a short excerpt here:
    If you would like to read more, I am in the Ottawa area for a couple weeks and will gladly give you a copy to show the group. If the group agrees to read it, I am happy to give you a great deal on copies for everyone.

    Marketing is hard,


  16. Hannah Bock says:

    I am contacting you on behalf of the Gananoque Literary Festival. We are hoping to promote this event to book clubs and events nearby. Do you have any advertising opportunities in print or digital?
    You can read about our festival here:

    Hannah Bock

    Thousand Islands Accomodation Partners


  17. Danielle Goolcharan says:

    Hi, my name is Danielle Abigail.
    I am recently enrolled as an ECE at Seneca college prior to my college courses, I have enrolled myself in a course called EAC 339-The book club popular literature. Being enrolled in this course requires me having assignment. For one of my assignments I am require to set-up few questions to interview book club members. The questions that I would like to know are:
    1. When did your group begin?
    2. How do you chooses a book?
    3. How often do you meet? Where do you meet?
    4. How do you theme you meetings?
    5. Can you tell me a little about your meeting, and how you run your meetings?
    6. What are some advantages/disadvantages of being in a book club?
    7. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start a book club?
    8. Why did you name your book club The Unputdownables?
    9. For someone who is looking to join a book club, how do they join this club?
    I would greatly appreciate if you can help me with these question. .
    Thank you.


    • Julia Kent says:

      Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for contacting us! Most of the answers to your questions can be found in the “About” section of our site.

      For question 4, we don’t theme our meetings. They’re all potluck and BYOB and we discuss the book of the month. For question 5, refer to this blog post:

      For question 6, I’d say there are only advantages! I can’t think of one disadvantage. We’ve made life-long friendships and learned so much from reading and discussing all sorts of books. So far, we’ve read 55!

      For question 7, see this blog post on how to start a book club

      For question 8, we sort of stumbled upon naming the club “The Unputdownable Book Club” in a discussion about what type of books we love to read. We decided that unputdownable books – books you just can’t bring yourself to put down – are the very best kind, regardless of genre. And it stuck!

      We take new members by referral only, which means you have to personally know someone already in the club and have them vouch for you in order to join.

      I hope this helps!



  18. John Doyle says:

    Seasons Greetings,
    Hello, I am an author of a book called Picturesque. If you like poetry this definitely may be for you. Picturesque is nothing more than a little lunchtime reading material. It would make a nice holiday gift for someone with an iPad or large Tablet who would like to read away a little time. It should also be up on the homepage of the website Reader’s Circle throughout the holidays. If anyone in your book club would like a copy here is the 100% off coupon code Y92QV5KM7Z and the link Payhip is a standard EBook site. It will have an area to apply the coupon. Since your membership only meets about once a month I have made it available for a time period that will allow the entire club to decide if they would like to obtain a copy. It will be available in this way until Monday January the 1th. You can also find the book on Amazon Kindle and many other EBook sites as well. If you do happen to get a copy of Picturesque take a very close look at the poems. Many of them take the form of something of which the poems were written about. Christmas is coming so take a look at the poem Fraser Fir it takes the shape of an ornament on a Christmas tree. Wind Chimes forms into exactly what the name implies. I am Irish so look at the poem The Leprechaun it forms into the shape of an urn for which the leprechaun keeps his magic dust in. If someone is Italian they may look at Carmen it is a poem on Venice which forms into the shape of a gondola. Ladybug and the Firefly is about a dance. It forms into the gem of her necklace. Elle Elm also does the same. The writing is completely symmetrical with its own set of consistent rules. Some of the poems do this not by design… They do this on their own. Some do not unless you have a little imagination. Ipads and large tablets with Calibre which is free on the internet are the best combinations for viewing this book.
    Happy Holidays
    Yours in Literature,
    John Doyle


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