The Midwife of Venice Review by Ilysa Magnus (Historical Novel Society) In this beautifully conceived debut novel, Hannah, a young Jewish midwife living in the ghetto of Venice, has her late night disturbed by the pleas of a Christian nobleman. When he begs her to attend his wife, who is…

The life thematic

by Mark Medley, National Post · Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 For the past several years, author Joy Fielding has taught a course at the University of Toronto called "How to Write a Bestseller." If anyone's qualified to teach this class, it's Fielding, who has published 22 (mostly bestselling) novels since…

January 16, 2011 

I have been following the fascinating story of the reference case in B.C. on the issue of whether the laws prohibiting polygamy are constitutional. Reading through the heated discussions online, it occurred to me that this trial might excite some interest in my Izzie mystery, Leaving Heaven. It is more…

January 15, 2011

We are pet free this year. I am not happy about this state of affairs. Last year in Colima, we had several parakeets, four angel fish, and, of course, the saintly Maggie, our German Shepherd (may she rest in peace). We used to have an African Grey parrot. Out of…