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Keep It Fictional

By Port Moody Public Library
Keep It Fictional is a weekly podcast for book lovers, by book lovers. Build your TBR with Corene, Fiona, Gabriel, Liz, Mark, Sadie, and Virginia from the Port Moody Public Library. Warning! This podcast contains strong opinions and may cause an increase in your library holds list.

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Fiona's Pick: Nuns
In the upcoming episodes, we will be reading books on a topic that we tend to associate with one of our book friends. First up, Fiona and books about nuns (and other clergy). Books mentioned in this episode: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters, Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette, Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather, and The Rebel Nun by Marj Charlier.
May 24, 2022
Southern Gothic
Buckets of spiders. Talking animals. Folk songs about bad people. Corene, Fiona, Gabriel, Mark, and Virginia recommends a Southern Gothic. Books mentioned on this episode: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock, A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs, and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.
May 17, 2022
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Join us in celebrating the many wonderful voices. Also, there is a point to short stories, and Gabriel draws the line at centipede gaming chairs. Books mentioned in this episode: In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, and Kundo Wakes Up by Saad Z. Hossain.
May 10, 2022
Welcome Mark to Keep It Fictional
We have another new book friend! Welcome Mark to the Keep It Fictional family. Let us introduce you to Mark by telling you about one of his favourite books..with very strong feelings. Books mentioned on this episode: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
May 03, 2022
Multi-Generational Sagas
An episode Fiona has been waiting for: Family Sagas. Do we have some creative interpretations of the theme? You betcha! Books mentioned in this episode: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova, and Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. (And kudos to Gabriel for trying to explain the gazillion narratives in Cloud Atlas!) p.s. We apologize that this episode sounds a bit different from the others. We lost our original recording so we had to re-record separately. It's not as fun when we don't get to sit with the rest of the KIF book family. 
April 26, 2022
Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 (May - August) Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of our Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 (May - August) episode. We can't wait for these books to arrive in the next few months: Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo, The Sisters Sputnik by Terri Favro, Death by Landscape by Elvia Wilk, The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, Cult Classic by Sloan Crosley, The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes, and Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen. Be sure to check out Part 1 of our show. 
April 19, 2022
Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 (May - August) Part 1
We're here to add books to your TBR. Check out the upcoming titles Corene, Fiona, Gabriel, and Virginia are looking forward to reading. Stories may include heists, enemies-to-lovers, mushroom foraging, and blood magic. Books mentioned in this episode: The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas, Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler, The Witchery by S. Isabelle, The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez, The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, Haven by Emma Donoghue, The Hangman Feeds the Jackal by Coy Hall, Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane, Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim, Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Café Con Lychee by Emery Lee, and The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia.  Stay tuned for Part 2 next week. Yes, we have more books for you!
April 12, 2022
To celebrate Sadie and Liz, our two book friends who have recently become parents, the four of us decided to tackle a book about parenthood. We feel like we may have failed this assignment a little bit...Books mentioned in this episode: I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins, Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman by Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez, With Teeth by Kristen Arnett, and The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. 
April 05, 2022
Award Winners
And the award goes to... In today's episode, we celebrate the fantastic books that have won literary awards. Books mentioned: The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott, Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
March 29, 2022
Books with Amazing Titles
Judge the book by its cover or judge the book by its title? We're doing the latter today by talking about books that we picked up because they have got an amazing titles. You will also get a lesson on the right way to say the name "Thrawn". Books mentioned in this episode: Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden, The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, and The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki.
March 22, 2022
Canada Reads
CBC's Canada Reads is an annual literary event Port Moody Public Library staff and patrons look forward to every year. In this episode, Corene, Fiona, Gabriel, and Virginia each champions one of the 2022 contenders to be the "one book to connect us"...all (a very LOTR sounding theme?) Books mentioned in this episode:  Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, Life In the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller, What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad, and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. (There are only four of us so we weren't able to talk about Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez.)
March 15, 2022
This week definitely feels like we're living in one of the apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic books we shared in this episode. This is Liz's last episode with us before she goes on her temporary leave. What will the world of Keep It Fictional be like after this? Tune in next week to find out. Books mentioned in this episode: Severance by Ling Ma, Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-yong, Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Into the Forest by Jean Hegland, and Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.
March 08, 2022
Books Set in an Office
Whether you have worked in a cubicle or not, we think you'll enjoy these books set in an office (or sometimes, a nightmare office). Books mentioned on this episode: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips, Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix, and There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, translated by Polly Barton.
March 01, 2022
Black History Month
Here at Keep It Fictional, we always aim to amplify different marginalized voices, no matter what time of the year it is. During this Black History Month, we want to dedicate an episode to celebrate stories by black authors. We urge you to pick up a book by a black author too. Here are the books we share on this episode: Frying Plaintain by Zalika Reid-Benta, Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jason Griffin, Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, and Willie: The Game-Changing Story of the NHL's First Black Player by Willie O'Ree and Michael McKinley.
February 22, 2022
It's Gabriel Day!
We welcome Gabriel, a new book friend to our Keep It Fictional podcast, by reading a book on their top ten list. Books mentioned on this episode: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tsubasa by CLAMP.
February 15, 2022
Books about Technology and Its Impact
How many times have you looked at your phone today? In today's episode, we share books that explore the impact of technology. Books mentioned in this episode: Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida, Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi, and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier.
February 08, 2022
Debut Novels
Take a chance...on a debut novel and a new author. Corene, Liz, and Virginia share some fantastic debuts in today's episode. Books mentioned: The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund, The Korean Vegan Cookbook by Joanne Lee Molinaro, and Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez.
February 01, 2022
Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 (January - April) - Part Two
It's Liz's and Virginia's turn to tell you about the books coming out in the first four months of 2022 that they are looking forward to reading. Things may get a bit dark here as you may expect from those two. Books mentioned in this episode: Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka, Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo, Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu, The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller, Engines of Empire by R.S. Ford, Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu, A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn, Woman Eating by Claire Kohda, and And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin. 
January 25, 2022
Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 (January - April)
New Year, New Books! Corene and Fiona share the titles they are most looking forward to reading in the next few months. Books mentioned in this episode: The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder, Mindful of Murder by Susan Juby, Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu, The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang, The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo, Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li, Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel, and The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James. Tune in next week for Part 2 of this series. 
January 18, 2022
Books Blurbed by Our Favourite Authors
How do you do a vibe check to see if you will likely enjoy a book or not? Read the blurbs by other authors on the book. In today's episode, Corene, Liz, and Virginia talk about books we read because they were blurbed or recommended by authors we like and respect. Books mentioned: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Version Control by Dexter Palmer, and Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
January 11, 2022
Winter is Here!
Happy New Year, listeners! To a brand new year of reading! What kinds of books do you like to read during winter? In today's book chat, we talk about some wintery reads for us. Very timely, since it's pretty snowy over the holidays in Vancouver, BC. Books mentioned in this episode: Melmoth by Sarah Perry, Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, and The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston. 
January 04, 2022
Top Five 2021 (Part 2)
Last week, Corene, Fiona, Liz, and Virginia talked about their number three to five favourite books of 2021. This week, we revealed our top two picks of the year, with a shocking turn of events. Thank you once again to all our listeners for supporting our podcast. We'll be taking a holiday break for the rest of the year. See you in 2022! Happy Reading!
December 15, 2021
Top Five 2021
We're counting down to our top five picks of books published in 2021. What books captured our hearts and made a difference in our lives this year? Find out in this special two-part series. Be sure to tune in next week for part two.
December 07, 2021
Social Justice
We give a sneak preview to our upcoming Social Justice Book Club Sets at the Port Moody Public Library by talking about some of the titles available. Books mentioned in this episode: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph, and Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt. (Plus, a bonus round of shout-out picks: From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong, and Wishes by Muon Thi Van and Victo Ngai).
November 30, 2021
Books Forever on Our TBR
In this episode, we challenge ourselves to go read the book that has been on our To-Be-Read (TBR) list for the longest. Do you keep a TBR? How often do you add or purge books from it? Books mentioned in this episode: Waiting by Ha Jin, Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, Disappearing Moon Cafe by Sky Lee, and Porcupines and China Dolls by Robert Arthur Alexie.
November 23, 2021
It's WILD! Amazing True Stories
Non-fiction fans, this episode is for you! Today, we bring you some wild true stories (or creative interpretations of the theme). Books mentioned in this episode: The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything by Mike Rothschild, The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones, Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin, and Black Heroes of the Wild West: Featuring Stagecoach Mary, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons by James Otis Smith and Kadir Nelson. 
November 16, 2021
We Read Books Recommended on the Show
So, part of our job is to suggest books to library patrons, but do we take recommendations ourselves? In this episode, we had to read a book one of our book friends talked about on the show. Which book did Corene, Fiona, and Virginia pick? Well well well, the choices may surprise you. Let's just say, eclipses! Books mentioned in this show: Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith, Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater, and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu.
November 09, 2021
Cozy Mysteries
It's the perfect time of the year to warm and cozy up with a cozy mystery with a good punny title (unless you're Virginia). Books mentioned in this episode: Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, Reservation for Murder by June Wright, By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates, and Beyond a Reasonable Stout by Ellie Alexander. 
November 02, 2021
A Halloweeny Keep It Fictional
Today's word of the day is "Halloweeny". Please use it in a book. Books mentioned in this episode: The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland, When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen, and Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung.
October 26, 2021
All the Colours in the Title
For this episode, Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia have to read a book with a colour in the title. Did everyone pick a title that corresponds to their favourite colour? Books mentioned in this episode: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair, Red Fox Road by Frances Greenslade, Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman, Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, and Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley.
October 19, 2021
Books Inspired by Non-Western Myths and Stories
We have another episode of retellings for you. This time, we have chosen books that are inspired by non-Western mythology and stories. Books mentioned in this episode: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola, Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, and The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.
October 12, 2021
Get a short primer on the wonderful world of manga and check out some of our favourites. Books mentioned in this episode: Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku, A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai, The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono, Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo, and BL Metamorphosis by Kaori Tsurutani.
October 05, 2021
Books We Didn't Think We'd Like
We all love a good surprise and these books definitely pleasantly surprised us. What books Corene, Fiona, Sadie, and Virginia ended up liking a lot more than we think we would? Books mentioned in this episode: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, Almond by Sohn Won-Pyung, Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin.
September 28, 2021
No matter what your feelings are about the monarchy, these five books, featuring all kinds of royal families, do deserve a crown. Books mentioned in this episode: Acacia by David Anthony Durham, Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett, The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan, and The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.
September 21, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Fall 2021 Part Two
We continue our preview show of books we are excited to read this Fall, and we talk about our reading goals for the rest of the year. Books mentioned in this episode: Nice Girl by Catherine Dang, Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Win Me Something by Kyle Lucia Wu, The Corpse Queen by Heather Herrman, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka, The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling, Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline, Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong, Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn, and Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao.
September 14, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Fall 2021 Part One
These are the books that are going to be part of our reading life this Fall. What titles are you looking forward to reading? Books mentioned in this episode: The Village of Eight Graves by Seishi Yokomizo, A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C. B. Lee, Ski Weekend by Rektok Ross, The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker, Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki, A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events by Brent Spiner, The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley, This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno, How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days by K. M. Jackson, Act Cool by Tobly McSmith, Trashlands by Alison Stine, The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke, and Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett. Be sure to tune in next week for Part Two of our Most Anticipated Reads of Fall 2021.
September 07, 2021
Happy 50th Episode!
For our 50th episode, we each share a book we feel is our quintessential read.  Thank you so much for supporting this podcast! To celebrate this milestone, we are doing a prize draw for all the listeners of this podcast. Tell us about your favourite Keep It Fictional episode or moment, or a book you've read because of this podcast. Email by September 7, 2021 and we'll enter your name into a prize draw. Books mentioned in this episode (can you guess who picked which book?): This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, Book Love by Debbie Tung, Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith, and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
August 31, 2021
All You Need is Love...
Join Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia for an episode about all kinds of romance and love stories, with a mini TED talk by Corene. Books mentioned in this episode: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey, Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith, and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
August 24, 2021
We Recommend to Virginia
Last one of our special series of episodes where we challenge ourselves to find a book that is not in their wheelhouse for one of our book friends. Let's see how Virginia liked the books suggested by Corene, Fiona, Liz, and Sadie. Books mentioned in this episode: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz, and Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. Listen to the rest of the series: We Recommend to Corene We Recommend to Sadie We Recommend to Liz We Recommend to Fiona
August 17, 2021
Explore collections of short stories with Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia. Books mentioned in this episode: Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection edited by Hope Nicholson, Lonely Planet Better than Fiction 2: True adventures from 30 great fiction writers edited by Don George, Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering, Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession edited by Sarah Weinman, and Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker.
August 10, 2021
We Recommend to Fiona
It's a Fiona-pa-looza. It's Fiona-ganza. It's a Fiona-gala. It's Fiona-fest. Find out what books we have each suggested to Fiona, and whether they enjoyed them or not. Books mentioned in this episode: The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Kurt Kohlstedt and Roman Mars, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, and The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel M. Lavery.
August 03, 2021
Books Take You Places: Books about Vacation
Summer is the time we often think about traveling. Maybe these five books will give you some ideas as you envision what your future vacation may look like. Books mentioned in this episode: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle, Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, No Exit by Taylor Adams, and Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali.
July 27, 2021
We Recommend to Liz
Our special guest of honour today is Liz. Hear about the books other Keep It Fictional hosts have recommended to her and what she thought about them. Books mentioned in this episode: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse, My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier, and The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. Our first two episodes in this special summer series:  We Recommend to Corene We Recommend to Sadie
July 20, 2021
Books with Unconventional Formats
Looking for books that defy traditions of what a novel should be? Try these out! Books mentioned in this episode: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan, Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra and tr. by Megan McDowell, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and The Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire.
July 13, 2021
We Recommend to Sadie
In this episode, we challenge ourselves to find a book that Sadie won't pick up on her own, but nonetheless, we think she may like it. Which book did Sadie end up reading? Books mentioned in this episode: Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip by Norm Boucher, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  Second episode of a special series of episodes we're doing this summer. Listen to the first episode, in which we suggest books to Corene.
July 06, 2021
National Indigenous History Month
We celebrate and amplify Indigenous voices in this episode in the hope that reading the works of Indigenous authors will help strengthen the path to reconciliation, and that by acknowledging painful truths, empathy can flourish and pave the way for healing. Books mentioned: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction edited by Joshua Whitehead, and Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose.
June 29, 2021
We Recommend Books to Corene
In this episode, we are going to spotlight one of our book friends and suggest books to them. First up: Miss Corene. Which of our suggestions did she enjoy reading the most? Books mentioned in this episode: The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins, The Chai Factor by Farah Heron, Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau, We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, and She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper.  First of a special series of episodes we're doing this summer. Be sure to tune in for the rest.
June 22, 2021
Happy Pride!
Join us in celebrating amazing authors in the queer community. Did we all pick a non-fiction title? That is a first for our podcast. Books mentioned in this episode: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom, How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual by Rebecca Burgess, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi, and Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans. You can find more LGBTQ+ reads on the Port Moody Public Library website.
June 15, 2021
Adult Summer Reading Club is Here!
The Adult and Teen Summer Reading Club is here at the Port Moody Public Library! We share the first room we're going to visit to uncover our clue and the first book we're going to read. You can learn more about our reading club at Books mentioned in this episode: The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernandez and translated by Natasha Wimmer, Winter Pasture by Li Juan and translated by Jack Hargreaves, Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome, Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather, and Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala.
June 08, 2021
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month (Part Four)
Asian Heritage Month may be coming to a close, but let's keep uplifting #AAPI stories all year round. Books mentioned in this episode: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, Spork by Kyo Maclear, Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu, Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal, and Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada.
June 01, 2021
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month (Part Three - More Books for Adults)
There are just so many great books by authors of Asian descent that we are back to suggest more titles for adults. Books mentioned in this episode: Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra, How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa, Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee, Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin, and Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong.
May 25, 2021
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month (Part Two - Books for Kids and Teens)
This week, we highlight kids' and teen book by authors of Asian descent. Books mentioned in this episode: The Comeback by E.L. Shen, Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca, City of Secrets by Victoria Ying, Thao by Thao Lam, and The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco.
May 18, 2021
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month (Part One - Books for Adults)
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. We will be highlighting titles by authors of Asian descent this month. Books mentioned in this episode: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang, Women of the Silk of Gail Tsukiyama, and Paper Shadows by Wayson Choy.  
May 11, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Spring/Summer 2021 Part 2
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia continue to gush about books they are looking forward to reading this summer. Be sure to check out Part One. Books mentioned in this episode: The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin, Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia, The Very Nice Box by Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett, The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker, The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo, My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Grapham Jones, Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu, Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So, If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy, and Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 
May 04, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Spring/Summer 2021 Part 1
Here are some books coming out in May-August 2021 we're excited to read. What books caught your eye? Books mentioned in this episode: The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, Pumpkin by Julie Murphy, Ranbow Milk by Paul Mendez, The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley, The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman, The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji, The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel, The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura, Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis, The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon, Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, A Boring Wife Settles the Score by Marie-Renee Lavoie, The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson, and Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon.
April 27, 2021
Books about Animals
 ‌ We're‌ ‌all‌ ‌animal‌ ‌lovers‌ ‌on‌ ‌this‌ ‌show,‌ ‌but‌ ‌none‌ ‌of‌ ‌us‌ ‌read‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌books‌ ‌about‌ ‌animals.‌ ‌The‌ ‌stories‌ ‌are‌ ‌often‌ ‌more‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌sad‌ ‌side,‌ ‌and‌ ‌we‌ ‌tend‌ ‌to‌ ‌avoid‌ ‌them,‌ ‌so‌ ‌please‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌these‌ ‌animal‌ ‌and‌ ‌animal-adjacent‌ ‌books‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌chosen‌ ‌for‌ ‌you.‌ ‌Books‌ ‌mentioned‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode:‌ ‌Hollow‌ ‌Kingdom‌ ‌by‌ ‌Kira‌ ‌Jane‌ ‌Buxton,‌ ‌Never‌ ‌Cry‌ ‌Wolf‌ ‌by‌ ‌Farley‌ ‌Mowat,‌ ‌The‌ ‌Woefield‌ ‌Poultry‌ ‌Collective‌ ‌by‌ ‌Susan‌ ‌Juby,‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌Boys‌ ‌by‌ ‌Aiden‌ ‌Thomas,‌ ‌and‌ ‌The‌ ‌Constant‌ ‌Rabbit‌ ‌by‌ ‌Jasper‌ ‌Fforde.‌‌
April 20, 2021
Amateur Sleuth and PI
So many bodies. Who do you call when you need a mystery solved? Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia have some suggestions for amateur sleuths and private investigators for you. Books mentioned in this episode: Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair, This Body is Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero, and The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson.
April 13, 2021
Books Set in Small Towns
There's definitely more that happens in these small towns than you might think. Books mentioned in this episode: The Bright Lands by John Fram, The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten, and A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw.
April 06, 2021
Good Book, Bad Cover
We're totally judging a book by its cover in this episode, but don't let these bad covers (according to us) fool you. These are great books, we promise! Books mentioned: Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez, Good Talk by Mira Jacob, Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong, To be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers, and The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie. R. King.
March 30, 2021
Magical Realism
Do we know what "magical realism" is? Are the books we picked for this episode really "magical realism"? Can Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia survive all the existential crises created by four rounds of "Would you rather..."? Find out in this episode. Books mentioned: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn, The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, and Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq.
March 23, 2021
The Immigrant and Refugee Experience
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia talk about fiction and non-fiction that help us build empathy and learn more about the immigrant and refugee experience. Books mentioned in this episode: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Displacement by Kiku Hughes, We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, and The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.
March 16, 2021
Historical Fiction
Join us for another book chat, where we share our historical fiction picks, and our strong feelings about prequels and sequels. Books mentioned in this episode: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent,  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Birth House by Ami McKay, The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, and Conjure Women by Afia Atakora.
March 09, 2021
Books to Movies and TV Shows
Are you a fan of movie and TV adaptations of books? Find out who is and who isn't on our panel. Regardless of our strong feelings, we did each read a book that is going to be adapted in 2021. Books mentioned in this episode: Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson, Passing by Nella Larsen, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.
March 02, 2021
I Read Canadian Day
February 17, 2021 is the first ever "I Read Canadian Day". The Keep It Fictional team celebrate it by sharing some of our recent favourite CanLit. We also play a round of "Are they Canadians?". See how many you can get right. Books mentioned in this episode: Hand Drawn Vancouver: Sketches of the City's Neighbourhoods, Buildings, and People by Emma FitzGerald, The Centaur's Wife by Amanda Leduc, Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim, and Home Body by Rupi Kaur.
February 23, 2021
True Crime
It's Corene's favourite topic! In this book chat, we talk about a variety of True Crime books for readers with different comfort levels. Books discussed in this episode: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, Murder by Milkshake by Eve Lazarus, The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale, and The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.
February 16, 2021
Books about Music and Musicians
We are talking music today: biographies of musicians, novels about made-up bands, and thoughts on live concerts. Books mentioned in this episode: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni, illustrated by Thibault Balahy, White Tears by Hari Kunzru, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, and The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya.
February 09, 2021
Our first episode for the shortest month of the year is fittingly about novellas. Even though we are talking about this short form of writing, we sure have a long debate about it. Books mentioned in this episode: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho, The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang, The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman, and Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey.
February 02, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Winter/Spring 2021 Part 2
So many new books! We highlight more upcoming book releases we are looking forward to reading in the next few months. Books mentioned in this episode: The Witch's Heart by by Genevieve Gornichec, Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson, Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson, Road Allowance Era by Katherena Vermette, The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard, Outlawed by Anna North, Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard, Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor, and Defekt by Nino Cipri.  Listen to Part 1.
January 26, 2021
Most Anticipated Reads of Winter/Spring 2021
A brand new year means brand new books! We highlight some upcoming book releases that we are excited to read. Books mentioned in this episode: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner, The Conductors by Nicole Glover, Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo, The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter, In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce, Don't Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman, Delicates by Brenna Thummler, Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab, Persephone Station by Stina Leicht, My Brilliant Life by Ae-Ran Kim, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli, Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong, and The Lost Village by Camilla Sten.  Join us next week for Part 2.  
January 19, 2021
Self Help Self Care for the New Year
Happy New Year, everyone! Today, Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie and Virginia talk about a Self Help book that they're reading to start their new year.  Books mentioned in this episode:  Skincare by Caroline Hirons Organize for a Fresh Start by Susan Fay West Do Nothing by Celeste Anne Headlee Supermaker by Jaime Schmidt Atomic Habits by James Clear Happy Reading!
January 12, 2021
Top Five Books of 2020
We are counting down our top five 2020 reads. Find out which books made Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia's lists. Hope you'll add some of our favourites to your TBR for the new year. For our complete list of Staff Picks, please visit   A big thank you to all the amazing authors that kept us going in 2020. Here's to another year of amazing books! (Recorded on December 30)
January 05, 2021
Festive Reads
'Tis the season for cozy, heartwarming reads, served occasionally with a side of murder. Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia discussed books, favourite holiday food and drinks, and of course, argued about which is the best A Christmas Carol adaptation. Books mentioned in this episode: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, an anthology edited by Christopher Golden, Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton, Murder at the Mayfair Hotel by CJ Archer, Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, and Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean.
December 22, 2020
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia talk about our favourite reimagined fairy tales, myths, classics...and Muppet's adaptations. Books mentioned in this episode: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Pride by Ibi Zoboi, and Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.
December 15, 2020
Black Authors
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia suggest graphic novels, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy books by black authors. Books mentioned in this episode: March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett, The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, and Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu.
December 08, 2020
Graphic Novels
It's impossible to choose just one graphic novel to talk about, but we did it, just for you. We hope our suggestions showcase the variety of stories that are being told in this format. Books mentioned in this episode: Blankets, Nimona, The Best We Could Do, Yotsuba&!, and When Stars are Scattered.
December 01, 2020
Mmmm... Books about Food
Warning: This episode may induce hunger. Books mentioned: Bloom, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, A Cook's Tour, and the Sin du Jour series.
November 24, 2020
Books with Blue Covers
Do you judge a book by its cover? How do you feel about the colour blue? Corene, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia ponder these questions, and suggests great books with blue covers. Books mentioned in this episode: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee, and Finna by Nino Cipri.
November 17, 2020
Books in Translation
Thank you to all the wonderful translators out there that made these amazing books accessible to more readers! Books mentioned in this episode: The Memory Police, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, The Library of Shadows, My Brother's Husband, and An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good.
November 10, 2020
LGBTQ+ Authors
We recommend great reads by LGBTQ+ authors. and find out Fiona's favourite book of all time. There may also be talk of cats. Books mentioned in this episode: Dark and Deepest Red, Jonny Appleseed, On a Sunbeam, and The House in the Cerulean Sea.
November 06, 2020
Spooky Reads
The last week of October seems like the perfect time for a spooky read. Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia talk about their favourite horror novels and Halloween candies in this episode. Books mentioned are: Spirit Hunters, The Turn of the Key, Mexican Gothic, Thornhill, and A Head Full of Ghosts. Happy Reading!
October 30, 2020
Book Series
Looking for a good binge read? Port Moody librarians talk about some of their favourite book series. Books mentioned in this episode: Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer trilogy), Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series), The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight trilogy), The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q series), and The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series).
October 23, 2020
Indigenous Authors
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia suggest books by Indigenous authors. Books mentioned in this episode: Starlight, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, Moon of the Crusted Snow, and Marrow Thieves.
October 16, 2020
New Fall 2020 Books We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On
Staff from the Port Moody Public Library talk about the books they are most looking forward to reading this Fall. We can't wait! Books mentioned in this episode: Charming as a Verb, Punching the Air, Ring Shout, The Trouble with Peace, Leave the World Behind, A Stitch in Time, Barren Grounds, Twins, The Bone Shard Daughter, Earthlings, Hollowpox, Swamp Thing, Fighting Words, Set My Heart to Five, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Murder on Cold Street, The Witches, A Deadly Education, Master of Poisons, Eat a Peach, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, We Keep the Dead Close, Hench, Legendborn, The Midnight Library. 
October 09, 2020
Booktoberfest Readathon!
Port Moody Public Library is kicking off their 2020 Booktoberfest with a Readathon. Find out what staff are planning to read in the 72 hours. Read along with us and chat about your Readathon books on our Facebook Group. Books discussed are: The City and The City, A Wish in the Dark, Highway of Tears, Rebecca, Son of a Trickster, Lobizona, Stamped, Black Flamingo, Mother for Dinner, Universal Harvester, Space Opera, Soul of the Sword, The Honjin Murders, Shine, and The War That Saved My Life.  
October 02, 2020
Back to School
Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia reminisce about school supplies and talk books that are set in schools. Books mentioned in this episode: Ninth House, Murder is Bad Manners, Super Mutant Magic Academy, Assassination Classroom, and Confessions.
September 19, 2020
Introducing Keep It Fictional
Meet Corene, Fiona, Liz, Sadie, and Virginia, the hosts of a new podcast from the Port Moody Public Library.
September 12, 2020