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Maria Coletta McLean, author of Summers In Supino, was recently interviewed on Canada's most-watched morning show, Canada AM. Click the link above to watch the interview, in which Maria talks about Supino, a "village stopped in time."
Robin Spano, author of Death's Last Run: A Clare Vengel Undercover Novel, was recently interviewed by Pique News Magazine, where she chats about what inspired her latest novel. Read the excerpt below, and click on the link above for the full interview!
Robin Spano's third murder mystery novel, featuring drugs, violence, politics and a big cover-up, was sparked, in part, by a gondola ride in Whistler.
"I love Whistler," Spano, a Lions Bay writer, says. "My cousin and I were up there for a snowboarding weekend and I just fell in love with it. I was sitting in the gondola listening to people talk about their lives. They were using weird slang and I would say, 'Hey, what does that mean?' They were really nice. I forget what the actual terms were, but (the conversation) was just about an eternal party... I thought it would be fun to send a character there."
So, she did. Death's Last Run (ECW Press) features a murder on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain and the mystery that unfolds when undercover FBI agent, Clare Vengel is sent to investigate it. Released earlier this month, this is the third book in a series featuring the edgy investigator.
"I'm trying to make her grow up," Spano says. "With each book it's a new challenge. It's easier because I know her. It's like with a friend you know: it's easier to figure out how she'll react or whether she'll like someone she meets. The constant challenge is I want her to learn to be a better cop. I want her to grow up. She's in her 20s. I want her to mature like a real person does."
The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal recently ran a review of David Waltner-Toews' The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society, originally featured in The Washington Post. Reviewer Maggie Fazeli Fard writes, "Waltner-Toews takes as humorous approach to the scatological subject as you can; one chapter is titled 'The Other Dark Matter.' But at the heart of the book is a rather weighty message: 'Unless we change how we think about' waste, he writes, 'we are doomed to forever live in it.'"
The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society by David Waltner-Toews was recently reviewed in a great article on the website The Millions. Reviewer Michael Bourne wrote, “I cannot think of a more necessary work of popular science since [Michael] Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and [Eric] Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.”