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  • Tales from The Moth

    The Moth book by Catherine Burns

    The Moth is releasing its second book, All These Wonders on March 21st! What better time to review their first collection? From the outset, I wasn’t sure how I was going to write about The Moth book, or even if I should. As a collection of stories from the incredibly popular podcast and touring show, which features […]

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  • I’m taking a coffee break!

    Coffee and book

    I’m going on hiatus! Over the next few weeks I will be taking some time off from posting. It’s been a little over 3 years since Hot Pepper Latte was but a twinkle in my eye. At that time, my vision for this blog was a personal project to practice writing and track my reading. As […]

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  • An Ode to Festivals

    Canlit festival swag

    The Word on the Street book and magazine festival hits the Harbourfront this Sunday, September 25, 2016. After four years of attending, I decided to spice things up this year and volunteer for the first time! If you’ve never attended Word on the Street you should definitely check it out this weekend. Literary festivals are […]

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  • Am I reading the right books?


    I can’t shake the feeling that I’m not reading the right books. When plied with the question “Have you read…?” I almost always shrink with embarrassment because the answer is usually, “No I haven’t.” When asked to recommend a good book to someone I struggle because my reading choices are often miscellaneous, ranging from popular […]

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  • FOLD + Lawrence Hill Live!

    Lawrence Hill with Farzana Doctor

    Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to hear Lawrence Hill in conversation with Farzana Doctor as part of FOLD, the Festival of Literary Diversity. I found out about FOLD late so I was only able to drop by on Sunday afternoon, but I was very excited to check out a festival dedicated to diversity […]

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  • In Defense of the Beach Read

    Photo by Freddie Marriage

    I had a conversation with a friend a week ago about what I was reading now that the semester is over which brought us to a confounding realization: the lofty works of literature we had been dying to pick up for months now were too depressing.  Were they well-written? Yes. Were they interesting and thought-provoking? […]