Kensington Market – great reads

Kensington graffiti

Kensington Market is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the oldest areas, it is the definition of urban multiculturalism. You’ll find Caribbean patties, Mexican tacos, spices, vegetables, fish, cheese and great cafes. Not just food, though, the area has the best vintage shopping in the city and a large selection of contemporary crafts shops. The neighbourhood is congested, noisy, smelly and lively. You’ll see great graffiti and people from every walk of life.

The colourful history and heritage of Kensington Market is a rich vein for literary mining. One of the oldest areas of Toronto, Kensington started out as a neighbourhood for newly arrived immigrants fresh off the boat.

Two books that use Kensington as the primary setting are:

The Gnomes Eye by Anna Kerz


The Market Wedding by Cary Fagan illustrated by Regolo Ricci

Both are available at

Five books set in Nova Scotia | Nova Scotia Books


The days just after Christmas are delicious in many ways. There are lots of leftovers, cookies and chocolates abound and there’s no more wrapping. Things settle down a little and you can sleep in, stare into space and read.

Here are five great books set in Nova Scotia. They are all available on Kindle and Kobo so the best part is that you can start reading without leaving the house!

1. The Birth House by Ami McKay kindle kobo

2. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald kindle kobo

3. No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod kindle kobo

4. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill kindle kobo

5. The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre kindle kobo