I bought a copy of Knucklehead by Matt Lennox one evening when we were going to a show at Massey Hall. We wound up downtown earlier than expected and decided to kill some time browsing in the bookstore in the Eaton Centre. I came across this book and bought a copy. It’s a Canadian book, kind of small-town noir. The narrator is a bouncer in a night club who is taking steroids and working out for a body-building show. What an unlikely and unusual scenerio. He’s mixed up with some people who are mixed up in selling methamphetamines and he finds himself in the middle of things because of his feelings for a woman who is also his cousin. It was a pretty good read, and now it is available free in the Twenty Seventh Street Book box.
When I dropped Knucklehead in the book box, I found a copy in there of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, a novel by Wayne Johnston. I recognized his name – he also wrote an excellent book called Baltimore’s Mansion, set in Newfoundland – a book I read a couple years ago. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is from 1998. It’s billed as a mystery and a love story spanning 5 decades. One of the main characters is none other than Joey Smallwood, Newfoundland’s first Premier. I was very impressed with Baltimore’s Mansion, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
The bookbox has an excellent selection of free books available right now. It’s located on 27th Street in front of our house, which is at 15. You’re welcome to come by and help yourself to any of the books in the box. If you have some great books at home you’d like to share, it would be great (but not mandatory) if you could leave a book or two in the box when you visit.