Burlington Reads

Burlington READS is an author & book talk series that runs in the fall and spring and features three celebrated and thought-provoking Canadian authors and their works. FREE admission. Registration is required for these sold-out events.

Ian Hamilton is the bestselling author of the Ava Lee/Uncle Chow Tung crime/mystery series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf.

About Foresight: The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung

1980: A pivotal year in modern Chinese history as Premier Deng Xiaoping begins what he intends to be the transformation of China into an economic superpower. The most visible evidence of Deng’s policy is the creation of Special Economic Zones, and one has been set up in Shenzhen, next door to Hong Kong and on Fanling’s doorstep. Among Triad leaders, Uncle is the only one who recognizes that Deng’s intentions could have profound repercussions on their organizations. To protect his gang and their interests, he acts to not only minimize the negative impact, but to turn events to his advantage. (From houseofanansi.com)

Karma Brown shares her latest release, Recipe for a Perfect Wife—“ a time-hopping story that proves revenge can be a dish served on good wedding china” according to Quill & Quire. Join us for a lively discussion moderated by bestselling author Jennifer Robson.

About Recipe for a Perfect Wife: A Novel

When Alice Hale reluctantly leaves a promising career in publicity, following her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. However, she is determined to become a writer--and to work hard to build the kind of life her husband dreams of, complete with children.

At first, the old house seems to resent Alice as much as she resents it, but when she finds an old cookbook buried in a box in the basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbook's previous owner: 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she begins to settle into her new surroundings, even as her friends and family grow concerned that she has embraced them too fully: wearing vintage dresses and pearls like a 1950s housewife, making elaborate old-fashioned dishes like Baked Alaska, and drifting steadily away from her usual pursuits.

Alice justifies the changes merely as research for her novel...but when she discovers that Nellie left clues about her own life within the cookbook's pages--and in a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to Nellie's mother--she quickly realizes that the housewife's secrets may have been anything but harmless. As she uncovers a more sinister side to Nellie's marriage and with pressure mounting in her own relationship, Alice realizes that to protect herself she must harbour and hatch a few secrets of her own... (From penguinrandomhouse.ca)

Author of the award-winning and number one bestseller, “Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller,” former CIBC World Markets chief economist, Jeff Rubin is also the author of “The End of Growth.”

About The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization

Real wages in North America have not risen since the 1970s. Union membership has collapsed. Full-time employment is beginning to look like a quaint idea from the distant past. If it seems that the middle class is in retreat around the developed world, it is.

Former CIBC World Markets Chief Economist Jeff Rubin argues that all this was foreseeable back when Canada, the United States and Mexico first started talking free trade. Labour argued then that manufacturing jobs would move to Mexico. Free-trade advocates disagreed. Today, Canadian and American factories sit idle. More steel is used to make bottlecaps than cars. Meanwhile, Mexico has become one of the world's biggest automotive exporters. And it's not just NAFTA. Cheap oil, low interest rates, global deregulation and tax policies that benefit the rich all have the same effect: the erosion of the middle class.

Growing global inequality is a problem of our own making, Rubin argues. And solving it won't be easy if we draw on the same ideas about capital and labour, right and left, that led us to this cliff. Articulating a vision that dovetails with the ideas of both Naomi Klein and Donald Trump, The Expendables is an exhilaratingly fresh perspective that is at once humane and irascible, fearless and rigorous, and most importantly, timely. GDP is growing, the stock market is up and unemployment is down, but the surprise of the book is that even the good news is good for only one percent of us. (From penguinrandomhouse.ca)

Fall 2019

  • September: Robyn Doolittle, Had It Coming
  • October: Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Art & Rivalry: The Marriage of Mary and Christopher Pratt
  • November: Drew Hayden Taylor, Chasing Painted Horses

Spring 2019

  • March: Laurie Petrou, Sister of Mine
  • April: George Elliott Clarke, The Motorcyclist
  • May: Dafydd (Dave) Williams, Defying the Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

Fall 2018

  • September: Tim Cook, Vimy: The Battle and the Legend
  • October: Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything
  • December: Tom Wilson, Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home

Event: Meet the Author, Ian Hamilton - Tue Mar 31 CANCELLED

Event: Meet the Author, Karma Brown - Wed Apr 29

Event: Meet the Author, Jeff Rubin - Wed May 27

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