Reading fiction builds empathy

Reading fiction builds empathy

The reason a Canadian named Carol Finlay started up book clubs in prisons was not just to give prisoners a welcome distraction and goal (to read the books), but to broaden and stimulate their minds through discussion about the book, and see if it could also expand...
One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

The bad news is that 27% of Americans (probably Canadians too) did not read a book last year, according to Pew Research. Not even one book! The good news is that teens are more likely than adults to read for pleasure. (On the other hand, they read for pleasure less...
Sneak peek: My new young-adult adventure novel

Sneak peek: My new young-adult adventure novel

Stowaway won’t be out till August, but you can already pre-order it on Amazon or Chapters, or at any bookstore. And today I’m offering a peek view of (drum roll….) my next young-adult adventure novel! SUMMARY: People-smuggling is a very current topic...
Twenty Questions

Twenty Questions

There’s a new 20-questions interview template going around, and it goes deeper than most shallow media questionnaires. Created by French novelist¬†Marcel Proust, it has been adopted by all kinds of media outlets to interview all kinds of politicians, celebs and...