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Melanie Bell's Reading Recommendation

Melanie Bell holds an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Her work has appeared in Cicada, Contrary Magazine, Huffington Post and other publications. She is the co-author of a nonfiction book, The Modern Enneagram, and her short story collection Dream Signs is forthcoming from Lost Fox Publishing. Her story A Limit to Growth is featured in the new Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. Order your copy today!

Nadja Lubiw-Hazard’s Reading Recommendation:

Nadja Lubiw-Hazard is a writer and a veterinarian. She is the author of the novel The Nap-Away Motel. Her work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Room, Canthius, The Dalhousie Review, Understorey, and elsewhere. Nadja lives in Toronto with her wife, their two daughters, a black pug, and an old orange tabby cat. Her story A Good Dog is featured in the new Summer Fiction issue. Order your copy of the issue today! 

Matthew Hooton's Reading Recommendations

Matthew Hooton is the author of the novels Deloume Road and Typhoon Kingdom, and has written fiction and non-fiction for a number of venues internationally. He teaches at the University of Adelaide, where his research ranges from Korean history through Jim Henson's Muppets and the stunts of Evel Knievel. His story Nine Endings was published in the Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. Order your copy of the issue today!

Aidan O’Donoghue's Reading Recommendation

Aidan O’Donoghue was born in 1980. His fiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and The Moth and his story A Norwegian Stove can be found in the new Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. His poetry has also been published widely. He is working on a novel and a short story collection. He lives in Cork, Ireland with his wife and two children. 

The Long and the Short of It: A Review by Richard Kelly Kemick of Keath Fraser's "Charity"

The Long and the Short of It

Charity, Keath Fraser. Biblioasis, 2021.


There must be a term — something Latin and ornate — for the evolutionary process of when a species of such primacy devours its habitat until everywhere it looks it sees only itself. Whatever this word is, the novel has done exactly that in the literary landscape. The novel’s conquering of the bookshelves is so total that the bookstore’s only other surviving genres seem to be Disaster Nonfiction, Retired Hockey Player Memoir, and Scented Candle.


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