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Summer's almost here and it's time for us to take a break!We've loved sharing all the wonderful stories provided by our partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press and Coach House Books.  A big thank you to them along with the Temerty Foundation for their generous support.And a special thanks to YOU for listening!We'll be back with more compelling passages from books old and new.  So watch for our return on Wed. Aug. 31.In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful summer.And if you missed any of our past episodes, now's the time to enjoy them!  
The beauty of old age

The beauty of old age

2022-05-2508:25

This book profoundly moved and surprised me. I don’t recall reading a novel in which old age is depicted with such tenderness, sensitivity and passion.  Not surprisingly,  this book has received many honours including being short listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award. It was difficult to choose just one excerpt from And The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyn Saucier, beautifully translated by Rhonda Mullins.  I hope you enjoy it. Excerpted from And The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyn Saucier, translation by Rhonda Mullins.  Published by Coach House Books https://chbooks.comOur success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
There’s always been a fascination for the Romanovs – the last imperial family of Russia.  Much has been written about Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra.  But Olga, the eldest of the five children had her own compelling story, captured in Bryn Turnbull’s new book “The Last Grand Duchess.”  Excerpted from The Last Grand Duchess by Bryn Turnbull, Copyright © 2022 by Bryn Turnbull.  Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Where the fever starts

Where the fever starts

2022-05-1113:45

Barbados 1962.  A lost soul named Lapetus roams the island, scared and alone, after witnessing a traumatic event.  Then a generation later,  his granddaughter Calypso is born and carries deep within her the secrets of the past.  In this excerpt from The Island of Forgetting by Jasmine Sealy, Calypso now a beautiful and wilful teenager wants much more to her life.  Excerpted from “The Island of Forgetting” by Jasmine Sealy.  Copyright © 2022 by Jasmine Sealy.  Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Caanda.  Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Award winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist Brandi Morin is a survivor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ crisis.  And she has reported and shared indigenous stories internationally for the last decade.  In her much anticipated memoir “Our Voice of Fire,” Brandi talks about the woman who inspired her passion and fight for justice:  her grandmother.   Excerpted from Our Voice of Fire by Brandi Morin.  Available in bookstores on August 2, 2022.   Published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.comOur success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Liv Green is a maid but really wants to be a writer.  That’s been her dream all her life.  And as luck would have it, she lands a housekeeping job with her idol -  bestselling author Essie Starling.   Essie’s a bit eccentric and reclusive, and as the two get to know each other better, she makes an unusual request of Liv. Excerpted from “The Messy Lives of Book People” by Phaedra Patrick.  Copyright @ 2022 by Phaedra Patrick, used with permission by Park Row Books.  Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Canada. Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
A mother’s secret

A mother’s secret

2022-04-2020:10

There is an indescribable joy in becoming a new parent.  In this powerful excerpt from “Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters,” that joy is experienced by Nandini.  She becomes a new mother on the day her adopted baby girl arrives at her door.Excerpted from “Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters” by Anita Kushwaha.  Copyright © 2020 by Anita Kushwaha.  Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Canada.  Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Releasing the past

Releasing the past

2022-04-1314:55

We are all a product of our past.  But how do we deal with troubling events that have shaped us – and move on to find acceptance and our place in the world?  This is an excerpt from the book of short stories  “All the Shining People” from Kathy Friedman.  In this story called “Seeing Clearly,” Martin Romm tries to do just that with his life.  The short story “Seeing Clearly,” excerpted from All the Shining People.  Published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.com Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
A time of druids

A time of druids

2022-04-0615:56

It is the first century AD in Britain.  An era of druids and pagan traditions.  This is the story of a mother and daughter and the formidable challenges they face as their ancient way of survival is threatened by a new world order.  In this excerpt from Daughter of Black Water by Cathy Marie Buchanan, a girl named Devout comes of age.  Excerpted from “Daughter of Black Lake” by Cathy Marie Buchanan. Copyright © 2020 by Cathy Marie Buchanan.  Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Canada.  Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
The life of one of America’s greatest poets - Emily Dickinson - is celebrated in a novel by Dominique Fortier.  It’s called “Paper Houses.”  The book contains short vignettes from Emily’s childhood to adulthood in Amherst Massachusetts -  they’re glimpses into the character and genius of this remarkable, reclusive woman. Excerpted from “Paper Houses” by Dominique Fortier, translation by Rhonda Mullins.  Published by Coach House Books.  For more info and how to purchase, go to https://chbooks.com Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Hard to believe this is Cherie Jones’s debut novel.  Raw and powerful, “How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” explores what happens when two worlds separated by race and class, collide.  Lala and her husband Adan, a petty criminal,  live on the beach in a small resort town in the Barbados.   In this scene, Lala contemplates her relationship with Adan, and has an encounter she wasn’t expecting.  Excerpted from “How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” by Cherie Jones, copyright © 2021 by Cherie Jones.  Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Canada.  Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
Award winning writer Martha Batiz writes about issues close to her heart in her new book “No Stars In The Sky:”  the plight of migrant children along the Mexico-US border, the tragedy of the disappeared, and the racial and domestic violence that makes life a constant struggle for survival.  In this short story “The First Piano” there is a moment of transcendence for a struggling community.“The First Piano.”  Excerpted from No Stars In The Sky by Martha Batiz.  Release date May 2022.  Published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.com `Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
This is a repeat of an episode originally aired on Dec 29, 2021You’ve probably heard the saying “you don't get to choose the family you’re born into.”   But what if you’re an orphan?  There’s no choice in family there either.  This is How We Love explores the notion of “what is family?”  We’re thrilled to get an early look at this brand new book by Lisa Moore.  In this passage, an orphan named Trinity visits a potential home – and family.   Excerpted from This Is How We Love by Lisa Moore. ©2022 Lisa Moore. Published by House of Anansi Press This is How We Love will be released in May 2022.  For more info and how to purchase, go to www.houseofanansi.comThank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins and House of Anansi!
At first the argument with your spouse or partner seems trivial, banal even. You shrug and get on with things.  But the argument happens again and again in different variations - comments veiled in a dismissive kindness until you can’t take it anymore.  Then something happens one day.Excerpted from Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth by Chrisopher Evans. Published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.comOur success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
This is a story told by a daughter, Chidiogo Akuniyili-Parr who assumes her mother’s voice in the book "I Am Because We Are.”  Her mother, Dora Akuniyili, believed in the African philosophy of Ubuntu: the importance of community over the individual.   In this excerpt, 9 year old Dora leaves her family and the comforts of the city to go and live with her grandmother in a rural village.Excerpted from I Am Because We Are; An African Mother’s Fight for the Soul of a Nation by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. Published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.comOur success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
This is truly a stunning short story told simply and powerfully.  “Laundry” by Deborah Ellis captures a shocking moment in the life of a young boy but gently wraps it in a universal truth.  Masud is an 11 year old in a Libyan migrant centre who takes a difficult step towards manhood - his step alone to take. Excerpted from Step by Deborah Ellis. Published by Groundwood Books.  Available this March 2022.  For more info and how to purchase, go to www.houseofanansi.com   Our success depends on your support!  Please rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
The first days of love

The first days of love

2022-02-0912:06

It was a dark and stormy night!  Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with this excerpt from the magical romance novel “Ring” by Andre Alexis. From the beginning, Gwen and Tancred seem made for each other.  In this passage, it’s still early in their relationship. (Oh the intensity of those first days!) Then one night, a snowstorm forces them to spend the night together, alone.Excerpted from “Ring” by Andre Alexis.  Published by House of Coach House Books.  For more info and how to purchase, go to https://chbooks.comAnd remember to rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books!
What do you do when your life changes in a flash – and not for the better?That’s what happens to 11 year old Miriam Brockman.  Uprooted from exciting NYC and her friends, she heads to smalltown USA and life in a rundown motel. Phooey!  But bad situations can lead to surprising things you learn about yourself.  In this excerpt from “No Vacancy” by Tziporah Cohen, it’s Day 1 for Miriam at the Jewel Motor Inn.   Excerpted from No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen. Published by Groundwood Books.For more info on “No Vacancy” and how to purchase, go to www.houseofanansi.com    And remember to rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books! 
Imagine:  a group of dogs are given human intelligence by two Greek gods.   What will be the outcome at the end of their lives?  Happiness or unhappiness? It’s a dazzling question at the start of the novel Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. One of the dogs, a black poodle named Majnoun, develops a deep bond with a human named Nira.  In this passage, Majnoun waits for Nira to come home, and contemplates the meaning of his existence.   Excerpted from Fifteen Digs by André Alexis. Published by House of Coach House Books. For more info on Fifteen Dogs and how to purchase,  go to https://chbooks.com And remember to rate, subscribe and check us out on social.  Twitter @p2wpodcast.   Instagram @passagetowonderland  Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins, House of Anansi Press, and Coach House Books! 
David A. Robertson’s award winning memoir, Black Water, is about a journey of discovery and identity.  David, the son of a Cree father and a white mother knew virtually nothing about his indigenous roots growing up.  But he takes a trip with his father to the family trapline – to Black Water – a profoundly moving experience that raises questions of the past, the meaning of memory, and the ties that bind.  Excerpted from Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, Copyright © 2020 by David A. Robertson. Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Canada. For more info on Black Water and how to purchase, go to www.harpercollins.ca Thank you to our wonderful literary partners Harper Collins and House of Anansi!
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