Set in what feels like Renaissance Italy, Strega Nona is an old woman who cares for the little needs of the people in her village. "She could cure a head ache, with oil and water and a hairpin. She made a special potion for the girls who wanted husbands. And she was very good at getting rid of warts." It is a lovely tale where the new ways of Christianity peaceably co-exist with the old earth ways. Strega Nona is looking for an heir to all her healing ways. Only Big Anthony replies and so he gets the position. Mostly she trains him through the doing of physical chores around the house where he learns patience, humility and discipline. The one thing she forbades him to do is to touch the magic pasta pot which of course he does. A crisis ensues. Beautiful, warm drawings and good old fashioned storytelling. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaoloa is a winner of the prestigous Caldecott Award which I personally hold in high regard. Recommended for children aged 3-7.
Music for Tigers
By Michelle Kadarusman
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online series MAY 21 - A young violinist discovers her mother's family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest.
What Grew in Larry's Garden
By Laura Alary, Kass Reich
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online Series May 26 - A girl and her neighbour grow a community from their garden.Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard, Larry grows extraordinary vegetables, with Grace as his helper.
You and Me Both
By Lisa Cinar, Mahtab Narsimhan
June 9 - This is the story of two classmates who love all the same things: building tall block towers and knocking them down; strawberry jam on toast; jumping into big puddles in their matching boots.
By Charlene Chua, Sherry J. Lee
June 9 - An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging.
Moments of Glad Grace: A Memoir
By Alison Wearing
Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online June 11 - Dancing between hilarity and the poignancy of a last sojourn with her father, Alison Wearing once again reveals herself as a sharp and tender observer of this mortal coil we call life.
Alone: A Love Story
By Michelle Parise
Eden Mills Writers' Festival June 11 - A memoir of falling in love, the fallout of infidelity, and everything messy in between - and the inspiration behind the hit CBC podcast.
Dead Mom Walking: A Memoir of Miracle Cures and Other Disasters
By Rachel Matlow
Eden Mills Writers' Festival June 11 - A traumedy about life and death (and every cosmic joke in between)
When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Rachel Matlow is concerned but hopeful.
Recipe for a Perfect Wife
By Karma Brown
June 11 - Told in the voices of two women living in different decades and sprinkled with recipes and advice on how to be a good wife, it makes the reader consider how the roles of women have changed and how they've stayed the same.
The Glass Hotel: A Novel
By Emily St. John Mandel
In preparation for The Eden Mills Writers' Festival Online Bookclub with Emily St. John Mandel on June 25 at 8 p.m. we now have SIGNED BOOKPLATES for each book. Prepare for the bookclub now and buy one before they run out. She's bound to be fascinating and prophetic!
How to Pronounce Knife: Stories
By Souvankham Thammavongsa
July 9 - This revelatory debut collection from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa establishes her as an essential new voice in Canadian and world literature.
By Shani Mootoo
July 9 - Some secrets never die...Priya and Alexandra have moved from the city to a picturesque countryside town. What Alex doesn't know is that in moving, Priya is running from her past-from a fraught relationship with an old friend...