Bloodhound: Searching for my Father, by Ramona Koval   > read more...


Thursday 16 July 2015

Bloodhound: Searching for My Father, by Ramona Koval
review by Linda Leith

The mix of detective work with the personal family story makes for a unique memoir, a unique kind of memoir: a memoir that reads like a detective novel. I can think of nothing like it.

Elise Moser appointed Associate Editor of LLP   > read more...


Thursday 2 July 2015

Announcement: Elise Moser joins LLP as Associate Editor


 [Photo: Fred Lauing]

The Most Dangerous Book, by Kevin Birmingham, reviewed by Linda Leith   > read more...


Tuesday 16 June 2015

Kevin Birmingham’s book reminds me what really matters, when it comes to writing and publishing. 

That's Venice, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Wednesday 13 May 2015

Five weeks in Venice, living like the locals.

The Outsider Publisher, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Thursday 7 May 2015

Dennis Johnson of Melville House Books, who sees himself as an outsider, is critical of the mainstream of American publishing. I've heard him talk about publishing a couple of times, now, both times thanks to the Literary Press Group of Canada, of which LLP is a member. He's one of the more original voices in contemporary publishing.

The Painter’s Lover, reviewed by Zoran Minderović   > read more...


Friday 17 April 2015


Eva Gonzalès, by Édouard Manet

In The Painter’s Lover, recently translated into French by Ellen Sowchek and Annie Heminway, Eduardo Manet tells the fabulous story of his grandmother Eva Gonzalès, a brilliant painter who was also Édouard Manet’s pupil, lover, and muse. Art lovers, take note!

Dreaming of the Suburb: Martine Delvaux on Bitter Rose -- Part II   > read more...


Friday 27 March 2015

The second part of Ceri Morgan's interview with Martine Delvaux, author of Rose amer, which is published in an English translation by David Homel as Bitter Rose (Linda Leith Publishing, 2015).


Photo of Martine Delvaux by Patrick H. Harrop

Dreaming of the Suburb: Martine Delvaux on Bitter Rose -- Part I   > read more...


Friday 27 March 2015

Ceri Morgan interviews Martine Delvaux, author of Rose amer, which is published in an English translation by David Homel as Bitter Rose (Linda Leith Publishing, 2015).

Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair   > read more...


Sunday 23 November 2014

The first-ever Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair took place last week, November 13-16, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, eliciting mixed reactions. Linda Leith Publishing was there, in the Discovery Pavillion pod P5, and we enjoyed ourselves.


The LLP stand at Inspire! 

Titans in the Lagoon, part II, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Wednesday 23 July 2014

"Let’s remember that Venice is a fish, after all. She sprang from the lagoon like a miraculous birth. If she is to swim freely, her waters must be respected and protected. How can we allow these titans of steel and smoke to threaten the vitality of the most original city in the world?”

Titans in the Lagoon, part I, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Wednesday 23 July 2014


The chances of an oversized vessel getting into trouble increase markedly, as is evidenced by some thrillingly close calls, such as the Mona Lisa incident.

My Life Among the Ruins, Part III, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Friday 11 July 2014

All along I have been led to believe that New York or Toronto or Montreal or Paris is the centre of the known universe, when it is really this egg-shaped boulder on a mountainside in Greece.


The Temple of Apollo, Bassai

My Life Among the Ruins, Part II, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Thursday 10 July 2014


Hermes and the Infant Dionysos

One is always tempted to go naked in Greece: heat and history seem to demand it, and Irving Layton probably did, even though in the first Olympic games athletes wore protective jock straps, nudes on vases notwithstanding. 

My Life Among the Ruins, Part I, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 9 July 2014


The Erechtheion 

The Acropolis can lead to poetry or hallucinations of deities. I failed to see divinity, but I absorbed the beauty of the Erechtheion, especially the six caryatids forming the Ionic columns of its so-called Porch of the Maidens. Absorption seems the accurate term. 

Kidnapped Motherhood, by Cristina Montescu   > read more...


Friday 27 June 2014

Marie-Soleil, a woman approaching forty, wants to have a baby. She has no partner and no opportunity of finding a donor whose identity she knows in her host country, Canada. Furthermore, most of her family and friends have stopped understanding her desire to be a mother. Facing the failure of her numerous fertility treatments alone, Marie-Soleil tries anger, humour, and walking. Can she escape her maternal instincts unscathed?

Translation by Jonathan Kaplansky of an excerpt from Cristina Montescu's unpublished novel A Hole in the Belly.


[Illustration: Catalin N. Ruxandu. All rights reserved.]

** La version originale de ce texte se trouve ici. **

Place and Belonging: André Alexis's Pastoral, by Pamela Davison   > read more...


Friday 27 June 2014

Review of André Alexis's novel Pastoral

Coach House Books
ISBN: 978-1-552452-86-8
168 pp, Paperback
Feb 28 2014; $17.95 CAD

The Real Venice: Songs of Protest and Five-Star Hotels, Part II, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Tuesday 24 June 2014


The Cipriani Pool [Photo: Marco LoVerso]

The Real Venice: Songs of Protest and Five-Star Hotels, Part I, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Tuesday 24 June 2014

Tourists who really care to experience the living Venice should ask their gondoliers to forget “O sole mio” and “Torna a Surriento.” The real Venice is in songs like “Giudecca” and “Stucky.”


The Stucky Pool

John Doyle's A Great Feast of Light, by Denis Sampson   > read more...


Tuesday 17 June 2014

On the eve of publishing his own new book, A Migrant Heart (LLP 2014), Irish-born Canadian essayist and biographer Denis Sampson rereads John Doyle's memoir A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday, 2005).

Ann Charney's Latest, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Wednesday 28 May 2014


Photo: Terence Byrnes

Ann Charney is an award-winning writer who was born in Poland and has spent most of her life in Montreal, where she has worked as a columnist for Maclean’s and a feature writer at Saturday Night as well as publishing four novels and a collection of essays entitled Defiance in their Eyes. I will be interviewing her on stage about her latest book, Life Class, as a pre-StoryFest event on Sunday, June 1st, 2 p.m., in St. Mary's Hall, Hudson, Qc.

The event will be followed by a reception and signings at Greenwood, 354 Main Road.  
Tickets $10, availabe at Pure Art, 422, rue Principale, Hudson.

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