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Filmmaker’s Deniz Gamze Ergüven horrifying portrait of patriarchy and it’s impact on five free-spirited Turkish sisters is the most powerful film I've seen this year. In my opinion Mustang deserves a best picture Oscar. Not just best foreign film, best picture. Incandescently candid performances by the five young actors are the heart of the film. We admire them in the full flame of youth—spirited and fiercely joyful, play-fighting among a group of boys at the beach—and are shattered when their uncle takes over the parent-less girls upbringing from their grandmother, trampling their potential and, after virginity testing and turning the house into a literal prison (high walls and bars are erected), ordering them—one by one—to marry.

When the second daughter, Selma, is reluctantly wed and fails to bleed after her wedding night, family drags her along to a doctor. He questions her about her virginity and when she apathetically replies she has slept with every man around he counters she indeed has not because he can see her intact hymen. Why say that then, he wonders? Selma's answer: because nobody believes her anyway.

It’s the youngest sister, Lale, who has absorbed the full strength of her sisters' untamed essence and as the girls’ situations grow ever more urgent her rebellion is an act of survival and courage.

Beautiful, harrowing and moving, please don't miss Deniz Gamze Ergüven's stunning debut film.

I’ve been—and will continue to be—mostly staying offline in an effort to avoid Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers until I get a chance to see the movie on Monday night. But I didn’t want to wait until then to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. Even as I type that a part of me bristles, not because whoever is reading this might not celebrate Christmas (as an atheist I celebrate the season not as a religious event but as a time we can aspire to peace and goodwill towards our fellow man. I also treasure the lustrous decorations and festive lights that temporarily brighten our long winter nights), but because the pressure to be happy can make the season so difficult—amplify feelings of loneliness, stress and sadness.

Life is not always happy, even on the most beautiful May days when flowers are blooming and the sky is pure blue, even in December when holiday tunes are blaring and work-places are holding ugly sweater contests.

If times are tough right now, I wish for much better for you in the future. I know it’s possible because you and I are still here. Life changes and then changes again. I think what most people really mean when they say Merry Christmas is I wish you well. And that’s what I’m saying here. Peace. Happiness. Health. I wish you all of it.
"Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge 
 “Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” ~ Pope John XXIII
Joyeux Noël. Je vous souhaite tous mes meilleurs vœux!



It's been a good couple of days for Delicate reviews so if you're thinking of picking up a copy and want to know more about the book, you may want to check out The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire reviews.

 This is the first time one of my books has ever been reviewed in The Globe and Mail, which is really exciting. Here's a snippet of their review:

"Authentic portrayals of teen sexuality are few and far between...But Ontario author C.K. Kelly Martin unabashedly portrays the hormonal realities of being 16 and 17 in this dual narrative of second cousins Ivy and Lucan. Martin does not shy away from the messier realities of young love, including a laudably prolonged and uncomfortable description of an STI..."

And an outtake from the Quill & Quire write-up:

"C.K. Kelly Martin’s YA writing is the kind you want to give the teens in your life. It’s written for them, not adult crossover readers, and it meets teens where they live. Her latest novel, told in two characters’ alternating voices, is a flinchingly accurate look at the confusion and conviction of adolescence."

If you're in Canada you can pick up Delicate in various bricks and mortar bookstores and online shops right now. Delicate's U.S. release is scheduled for May 16th but I'm currently running  a Goodreads contest (U.S. only) to celebrate the January 16th U.S. release of my previous Dancing Cat Books offering, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing. Each winner will receives a copy of both The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing AND Delicate. Good luck!

C.K. Kelly Martin’s YA writing is the kind you want to give the teens in your life. It’s written for them, not adult crossover readers, and it meets teens where they live. Her latest novel, told in two characters’ alternating voices, is a flinchingly accurate look at the confusion and conviction of adolescence. - See more at: http://www.ckkellymartin.com/p/ivys-seemingly-perfect-master-of-social.html#sthash.f1Dwpqd2.dpuf
C.K. Kelly Martin’s YA writing is the kind you want to give the teens in your life. It’s written for them, not adult crossover readers, and it meets teens where they live. Her latest novel, told in two characters’ alternating voices, is a flinchingly accurate look at the confusion and conviction of adolescence. - See more at: http://www.ckkellymartin.com/p/ivys-seemingly-perfect-master-of-social.html#sthash.f1Dwpqd2.dpuf
Authentic portrayals of teen sexuality are few and far between...But Ontario author C.K. Kelly Martin unabashedly portrays the hormonal realities of being 16 and 17 in this dual narrative of second cousins Ivy and Lucan. Martin does not shy away from the messier realities of young love, including a laudably prolonged and uncomfortable description of an STI... - See more at: http://www.ckkellymartin.com/p/ivys-seemingly-perfect-master-of-social.html#sthash.f1Dwpqd2.dpuf
Authentic portrayals of teen sexuality are few and far between...But Ontario author C.K. Kelly Martin unabashedly portrays the hormonal realities of being 16 and 17 in this dual narrative of second cousins Ivy and Lucan. Martin does not shy away from the messier realities of young love, including a laudably prolonged and uncomfortable description of an STI... - See more at: http://www.ckkellymartin.com/p/ivys-seemingly-perfect-master-of-social.html#sthash.f1Dwpqd2.dpuf


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing by C.K. Kelly Martin

The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing

by C.K. Kelly Martin

Giveaway ends January 15, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

This week and into next the DELICATE blog tour rolls on. There have been some fantastic tour stops already. Thank you and Liz, Jenn and Amanda for your insightful reviewsthey made last week such a good one! You can read their thoughts here:

• Midnight Bloom Reads

• Lost in a  Great Book

• Brains, Books, and Brawn

Tomorrow Michelle Lynne will be posting her musings about Delicate on

Musings of a Writer. I’ll also be over at

• Bookshipper, being interviewed by the wonderful Tina Avon so if you want to learn more about what makes me, and/or Delicate, tick please drop in to their blogs.

I'll link to additional blog tour stops here as they go up. (Updated December 4th):

The Book Wars: guest post on teen dating violence

•  Books at Dawn review

  Bookish Notions: guest post on putting characters in the driver's seat

Finally, I want to remind anyone who resides in Canada and is interested in contemporary young adult novels to enter the DELICATE Goodreads giveaway.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/163681-delicate

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/163681-delicate

The Canadian Goodreads giveaway for DELICATE opens November 24th, so if you'd like to know about Ivy and Lucan, and their respective and combined togetherness, you should head over there to enter. In Canada you can also pick up or order paperback copies now. E-books should be available later in the month with the U.S. release date of DELICATE set for May 16th.

The Delicate blog tour will also be happening très soon, but in the meantime I wanted to post some more photos of the stone messages from the rocky beach in Oakville. The below were taken earlier in November and are all different from the messages I captured in October. This time around I noticed someone had gathered many of the stone messages about love together with a few others mixed in. Guess which is my favourite!

But first, some Oakville fall colours.













Last Monday, Election Day, was gorgeous in my neck of Southern Ontario. And what a glorious night it was too, with Stephen Harper's government at last being swept into memory and our next Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, speaking of 'sunny ways.'

Hope and light is in the air, even as winter approaches.


The beauty of fall seems to be a rough, wild one - a final glimpse at the natural world before the veil of winter drops and steals it from view.


Fall colours, gentle sunshine, Bronte Harbour,October 25:


By the water's edge, Bronte, October 25:

 

Fall canoeing in Bronte, October 25:


Oakville's Lawn Bowling club lit by golden autumn sunshine, October 25:


Speaking of hope, the dreams, wishes and wisdom of fellow Canadians were jotted down all over the stones of an Oakville Beach this summer and fall. Yesterday I finally made my way down to the water's edge to examine them in earnest. Although some messages were faded and difficult to read the very idea still seems laced with magic. And thankfully whoever is fond of making Inukshuks (half dissembled here) by the lake on a regular basis is still at it too.







Not sure about this one. I can make out the words 'happy' and either 'Canada' or 'Canadian'



Yes it is:


A warning to heed:




John still loves you Lewis!



If anyone can provide an English translation for this, let me know.




Not sure you can read this but it says, 'I wish I could fly."


I wish people were more thoughtful.


Peace to the world


I'm better off for the knowing of you. 



And this last one obviously isn't a stone, but it's a message too. Many of the downtown Oakville benches by Late Ontario feature dedications that tell a story. This is just one of them and is of the infinite variety. 


What are your hopes and dreams this fall? What message do you have for the rest of us? Or perhaps for one specific person?

* See the additional stone messages I captured in November

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