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Engen asks: What bookish things would you like left under the tree this year? | Top Ten Tuesday


Whitecoat, Kenneth Tam, Other IndieAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940 by Kenneth Tam. I read the Prologue in Sci-Fi from the Rock in 2016 & have wanted to read this book since then.”


Amanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

“Moleskin minis. Because sometimes ideas need to be portable.”


Ellen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

“Kindles and Amazon gift-cards, so I can expand my library from the comfort of home. Also socks to stay comfy. That, and the  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition.


Matthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

“Honestly? Rapture by Carol-Ann Duffy. It’s very unlike me but I heard a few of her poems read once and it just captivated me, some of her use of language was very emotionally resonant for me. Not something that ends up on my bookshelf in the normal run of a day, so I’ll leave it to Santa.”


Paul Carberry: currently works as a pharmacy assistant and will soon be enrolled in the Reserves with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently living in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Leah. His first novel, Zombies on the Rock, was released in 2015.

My favorite thing to do is read to Dana and lately I’ve been reading her my old favorite so books I’m looking for include Say Cheese and Die, Stay out of the Basement, Ghost Camp, Bad Hare Day, which are Goosebumps books by RL Stine.”

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