Burlington Reads @Home

Burlington READS is an author & book talk series that runs in the fall and spring and features celebrated and thought-provoking Canadian authors and their works. As we did in 2020, we are again bringing Burlington Reads to you—at home! Join us as we read Blaze Island by Catherine Bush, and check out the discussion guide and author event hosted by our friends at Hamilton Public Library in the Related links below.

About the book

Miranda lives on a small island in Newfoundland with her father Milan/Alan, a weather scientist living in hiding. When a stranger washes up on their doorstep during a Category 5 hurricane, her world is forever altered. A compelling retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Blaze Island is a timely story about environmentalism and community.

“Riveting and morally complex, Blaze Island is a beautiful, kaleidoscopic work that offers a resounding reply to the question of how literature might wrestle with the deepest threat facing the planet, anthropogenic climate change. In the absence of saviours and easy consolation, what Bush has created is an allegory of hubris and humility and an exhilarating space in which to re-imagine multi-species relationships and stories.” — Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

The Author

Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including Blaze Island, Accusation, Claire's Head, The Rules of Engagement, and Minus Time. She is Coordinator of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA program and was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany, which is an Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in Toronto.

Summer 2020

Our first Burlington Reads @Home, featuring Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubegeshig Rice.


  • March: Ian Hamilton, Foresight: The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung
  • April: Karma Brown, Recipe for a Perfect Wife: A Novel
  • May: Jeff Rubin, The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization

Fall 2019

  • September: Robyn Doolittle, Had It Coming
  • October: Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Art & Rivalry: The Marriage of Mary and Christopher Pratt
  • November: Drew Hayden Taylor, Chasing Painted Horses

Spring 2019

  • March: Laurie Petrou, Sister of Mine
  • April: George Elliott Clarke, The Motorcyclist
  • May: Dafydd (Dave) Williams, Defying the Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

Fall 2018

  • September: Tim Cook, Vimy: The Battle and the Legend
  • October: Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything
  • December: Tom Wilson, Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home

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Blaze Island Discussion Questions