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October 2016 - Read Alikes: The Light Between Oceans

The movie adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s bestselling debut novel is about to hit the big screen. Here are some more historical reads full of compelling characters, family secrets and moral dilemmas.

September 2016 - Read Alikes: The Story of the Lost Child

If you enjoyed Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost Child, you might enjoy some of these titles.

August 2016 - Read Alikes: The Run of His Life: The People vs O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin

When shocking crimes are combined with hot celebrities, a media circus often follows.

Who's Reading What Lists

Kim Echlin, novelist, current writer in residence at North York Public Library

Kim Echlin’s books include Under the Visible Life, Elephant Winter, Dagmar's Daughter, Inanna, and The Disappeared, a Giller short-list and winner of the Barnes and Noble award, translated into 17 languages. She won first prize in the CBC Literary Prize for Creative Non-fiction and the Torgi Award. She has been a documentary-maker at the CBC, a fiction editor at The Ottawa Citizen and has taught writing at the University of Toronto’s School for Continuing Studies. She has travelled widely, including Pakistan, Iceland, Europe and Central America. She is currently researching the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a new novel.

Jenny Lowell, mostly retired bookkeeper, mother, wife, sister, daughter, traveller, animal lover

Jenny’s Grandma Lowell fostered a love of reading in all of her children and grandchildren and Jenny has had her nose in a book since she first learned how to read. In Grade 6, she was kicked out of class for covertly reading and as a teen, her mother would take her books away as a punishment. Ouch. To this day, she prefers a book to a TV show and a library or a bookstore to a movie theatre. And as a parent, both her kids know that she will always buy them a book if they are in a bookstore!

John Lorinc, journalist

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, editor and author. He writes about urban affairs, business and local history for a range of publications, including The Globe and Mail, Spacing, The Toronto Star and Walrus. He is co-editor of The Ward and Subdivided, both from Coach House Books.