Monthly Archives: August 2017

Brown Girl in the Room—Priya Ramsingh

ISBN: 9781988040332
Pub date: Fall 2017


Sara Ramnarine is just starting out her career in Toronto, a city that is touted as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world with its motto, “Diversity is our Strength.” As a smart, driven, educated, contemporary woman, Sara assumes her rise up the corporate ladder will be seamless. But she soon discovers that the workplace is full of pitfalls and obstructions, including discrimination and racism. Eventually, Sara is forced to make a critical decision that affects her career and state of mind, risking her reputation for years to come.

“Priya Ramsingh’s Brown Girl in the Room is a nuanced and insightful account of what it means to be a first generation Canadian woman within a ruthless corporate environment. Fearless and direct, Ramsingh presents her protagonist, Sara, as well as her friends and colleagues with an equal mix of compassion and critique, exposing racism, misogyny, and all of their consequences. An engaging and powerful debut.” —Danila Botha, author of For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known and Too Much on the Inside

“A storyline that isn’t discussed in popular modern fiction but needs to be told“—Goodreads

“When a book is able to make you reflect on your own life experiences and reminds you of some of the issues that still exist to this day, you know it is extremely well written!—Goodreads

“Ramsingh creates a mostly believable, true-to-life workplace filled with conflicting egos and low-key racism that’s as damaging as anything overt. The book’s message is strong… a worthwhile story”—Publishers Weekly

“Office politics steeped in rivalry and racism.”—Toronto Star

“A crucial addition to Canadian diasporic literature… In an era where representation matters, Brown Girl in the Room is definitely the first novel I have read that has connected so deeply to my own reality.” —Amrita Kumar-Ratta, Brown Girl Magazine

“This story will serve as a point of affirmation… Brown Girl in the Room gives me hope”—Harsha Nahata, Brown Girl Magazine

Brown Girl in the Room is an all too realistic and relatable story of being a woman of colour and building your career… Ramsingh does a great job of depicting the insidiously subtle form racism can take in the professional world.”—Literary Treats

Since she was acclaimed by her Grade Five teacher for story writing skills, Priya Ramsingh has recognized her calling as a writer. An English graduate from Carleton University, Priya spent twenty-two years in communications, with nine as a freelance writer. Brown Girl in the Room is her first novel.

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H.W. Browne Kingston ON Readers Rendezvous

Enjoy an illuminating hour of readings about the dark with two local to Kingston authors: A Moose in the Dark author Heather (H.W.) Browne and Fernanda Ponte. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis Street, Kingston ON. August 24 at 1 pm. $5 per member. More details here.

 

 

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Resort—Andrew Daley

ISBN: 9781988040363
Pub date: Fall 2017

A thriller, a love story, an elegy, and a confession, Resort recounts the misadventures of actors/con artists, Jill Charles and Danny Drake. Broke and desperate in Acapulco, Danny agrees to Jill’s scamming of an eccentric older English couple, leading them across Mexico to Veracruz.

Along the way, Danny begins to suspect Jill hasn’t told him the truth about herself or the English couple, who may have nefarious designs of their own. Set in Mexico, Toronto, and points in between, Resort is an engrossing, moving, and darkly comic journey through the shadowy side of a sunny world.

Resort is a taut twisty story that starts out being about a life of crime but encompasses so much more: love, literature, and the limits of trust are all seen from new angles. I was enthralled from start to finish.” —Rebecca Rosenblum, author of So Much Love

“All the action, suspense and emotional baggage needed for a good-to-the-very-end story… If you like novels that have an adventure, risky capers, with a touch of humour and a strong dose of reality, then you will definitely enjoy Andrew Daley’s Resort.”—James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

“Resort is a classic style thriller following the trail of Jill Charles and Danny Drake, two actor friends and lovers… a fun and charming read.”—Sarah Ward, Crime Pieces

“Telegenic tale, part caper and part love story”—Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

“Will leave you very pleasantly hoodwinked”—Goodreads

 Andrew Daley was raised in Orangeville, Ontario, and moved to Toronto to attend university. Aside from a year in England, he’s lived there ever since. He’s done a variety of jobs and seems to have settled in the film business. His first novel, Tell Your Sister, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007.

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