In this powerful story by Andrew Forbes, saxophonist Metche Hufu and his band are the talk of Addis Ababa, filling nightclubs and packing dance floors. But the precarious existence of this golden age of culture depends on an emperor’s benevolence – and when his power begins to wane, Metche Hufu’s music threatens to be silenced by the sounds of a country torn apart. Now available in audiobook!
Health care workers on a night out unwind, allowing the anxieties and passions they’ve had to suppress on the job finally uncoil, like tendrils creeping out into the world – and into each other. Written with empathy and panache, this story is a moment of briefly flaring humanity – of people granted a temporary reprieve from professionalism, and not quite knowing what to do with it. Read Story
Decades ago, when bands like the Everly Brothers rode the airwaves and vacancy signs shone like beacons in the night, a young man gets his first taste of love, loss, and the ethereal satisfaction that comes with knowing that the world is turning and life is being lived. Read Story
Toronto in the twenty-first century: At night, a beacon on a lonely ancient lake, a drainage pond from the last ice age. In the daytime, a bulwark of glass, glinting in the radiant sun. Joe, Mary, and her cat, Sam, sit in a lakeside condo, trapped by a crazed, mysterious sniper. What has become of their lives? What has become of their city? What has become of their century? As the situation begins to unravel, Mary finds herself wondering, “What would Margaret Atwood do?” Read Story
New wife and mother Julie is a woman struggling to find her place. Her dilemmas, while modest, feel harsh, and reflect the ways in which women were once denied control over their own bodies. Her first steps toward independence bring great pain—and not only to herself. With sparing, incisive prose, Cynthia Flood unravels what it meant to be a married woman in post-war era Vancouver, creating an evocative and even unsettling experience for the reader. Read Story