Friday, 14 October 2011

The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

About the Book

Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this is
 an epic love story as rich, spellbinding and majestic as
 the falls themselves.

1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls.Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company.

After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near the falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she left it. Her father has lost his job at the power company, her mother is reduced to taking in sewing from society ladies she once entertained, and, Isabel, Bess' vivacious older sister, is a shadow of her former self. She has shut herself in her bedroom barely eating and harboring a secret....

Set against the tumultuous background of Niagara Falls, at a time when daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel.

Harper Collins

About the Author
Cathy Marie Buchanan's stories have appeared in several of Canada's most respected literary journals: The Antigonish review, The Dalhousie Review, Descant, The New Quarterly  and Quarry. She holds a BSC (Honors Biochemistry) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she grew up amidthe awe-inspiring beauty of the Niagara River and awash in the local lore. She now resides in Toronto.  Visit her website at

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Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

On November 16th we will have a Skype conference with Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still.  Members decided to add a "Bonus Book" for November - if we have time to talk about it, we will, otherwise we'll  post comments.   Following you will find information on our Bonus Choice.

Selected as the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Winner!

This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good — a terrific Canadian political satire.

Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock — an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers — to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.

Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn’t care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious — and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.

Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and went to McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for Cabinet Ministers both at Queen's Park and in Ottawa. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, was re-published to great reviews by McClelland & Stewart, and was selected the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads competition. His follow-up novel is The High Road. Terry Fallis is a skilled public speaker who relishes book promotion. He is the head of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children, and blogs about his writing life at

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