Emilee: Fifteen Dogs - André Alexis

What I'm Reading (M for Montréal Week): SorreyI recently read Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. I feel like I understand dogs more now and maybe humans? In a Toronto Tavern, a bet is waged for a year’s servitude between the gods Apollos and Hermes who are debating whether human intelligence is a gift of happiness or a sentence for suffering. To test this, they impart human intelligence on 15 dogs in a shelter at the stroke of midnight. The book follows the dogs as they settle into various hubs and ranks across the city with their new linguistic abilities and human-like understanding of the world. Their tales make you think about what it means to be empathetic but through the lens of some very interesting pooch personalities. I won’t spoil who wins the bet.

Andrew: Speedboat by Renata Adler

What I'm Reading (M for Montréal Week): SorreyI’m really into Speedboat by Renata Adler right now. It’s basically a stream of seemingly unrelated paragraphs that eventually start to paint a picture of the life of a young female writer living in (maybe?) New York City. It’s super disjointed, sometimes very engaging, sometimes banal, and beautifully confusing. I think it was originally published as a series in the New Yorker in the '70s, and then was republished a few years ago. Highly recommended.

Colin: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls - David Sedaris

What I'm Reading (M for Montréal Week): SorreyNew-ish offering from one of my fave authors of all time. I never knew books could make me laugh out loud until I first read 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' years ago. So far this absurdly titled book is delivering. I think they redid the cover art (the new one is super trippy an has nice colours), which is the reason I bought it. He's the type of writer who makes writing seem easy and make me think I could be a writer, which is a terrible idea, but a fun fantasy to have while you are reading.

Luke: We Were Not The Savages - Daniel N. Paul

What I'm Reading (M for Montréal Week): SorreyI'm currently reading a book called We Were Not The Savages by Daniel N. Paul. It's about the First Nations in North America and the collision between the European and Native American civilizations starting in the late 1400s.

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