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Day 4 of our #Road2Christmas campaign and it’s time for something sweet!

So, why not get in the festive spirit with Two Roads author Carrie Snyder? She’s baking different types of biscuits with her family every Sunday until Christmas, starting with these delicious Zimtsterne (aka lemon cinnamon stars).

Find the recipe below (with UK measurements). For the American version head over to Carrie’s blog (just click here).

And look out for Carrie’s debut novel Girl Runner, coming in February 2015. Find out more here.

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Zimtsterne (Cinnamon stars) – Carrie Snyder’s version

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, plus zest 1 lemon
  • 200g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

Heat oven to 200C.

Grate the zest from one lemon into a small bowl. Sift 200g icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add 250g ground almonds, the lemon zest and lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix together.

In a separate bowl, beat two egg whites until stiff. Fold the beaten egg whites into the almond mixture, and stir until the batter comes together. It will make a stiff dough. If it’s sticky, add more ground almonds.

Divide the dough in two to make it easier to roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies (we used a tiny star cookie cutter for ours), and lay onto baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes. Use up all the scraps by gathering and re-rolling.

Let cool on rack. Ice with a lemon glaze made from 1 and 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with 40g of icing sugar (or more). We used three batches of glaze to ice our cookies.

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Every day we’ll share a piece of festive news to keep you going in these cold, dark, often madly-busy pre-Christmas days, may that be a list of our favourite books from 2014 or authors and ideas we’re excited to be publishing in the new year; or even our authors and colleagues’ favourite holiday reads.

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Our website has a new page! Just click here to discover more about Carrie Snyder‘s brilliant debut novel Girl Runner, published by Two Roads in February 2015.

Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions with a formidable protagonist at its core, 104-year-old former Olympic athlete Aganetha Smart.

Not convinced yet? Well then, listen to an audio excerpt below to hear the voices of the novel come to life: we can assure you, you’ll want to find out more after that!

Carrie signing copies of Girl Runner…our friends at House of Anansi are gearing up for publication of Carrie Snyder‘s gorgeous debut novel Girl Runner. The book tells the story of Aganetha, an old woman who looks back on the sacrifices she made to become an Olympic athlete in the 1920s. Here’s a picture of Carrie signing copies ahead of next week launch in Canada.

Find out more about Carrie and her writing on her brilliant blog

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(carriesnyder.com) and keep coming back for updates: Two Roads is publishing Girl Runner in February next year.

…yes, authors are just like us: they too look forward to the summer to finally read the books that have been sitting on their bedside table for weeks.

Now Two Roads has an exclusive (!) look at what some of our writers are reading this summer

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This (out now)

Bret Anthony Johnston’s summer reading pile

 

I tend to read in the morning before starting a day’s work and then again in the evening before bed, and I tend to read from a different book in each session. Fiction usually comes first, and I’m excited about the fiction I’m reading now or soon to read. Rene Steinke’s forthcoming novel Friendswood, Lea Carpenter’s novel Eleven Days (find out more here), some Chekhov stories, and a collection of strange and beautiful fiction called Nature Stories by Jules Renard. The Renard book might serve as something as bridge between my current fiction and nonfiction tastes, as I’m reading a lot about animals right now. One of the things I’m currently working on is a weird, nonlinear short story involving horses, and this book on horse psychology continues to prove invaluable to me in countless ways. Future projects may include the mythical (or is it?) chupacbra and the siege in Waco, Texas in 1993. This summer I’ve also been spending time with Emily Rapp’s heart-rending memoir The Still Point of the Turning World (find out more here). As for the book on iPhones, well, let’s just say I’ve recently gotten my first one and the transition hasn’t been easy or smooth. That book will probably be the most helpful, and it’s the one I’m looking forward to the least. Maybe there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

 

Jamie Kornegay, author of Soil (spring 2015)

Jamie Kornegay’s summer reading pile

As a full-time bookseller, my reading tends toward the new and upcoming – a merchant must test his wares, after all – and hence my summer stack is a blend of some of this season’s best, including startling debuts from Smith Henderson and a Mississippi friend, Lisa Howorth, as well as stories from the fiercely talented John Brandon, and what must surely be James Lee Burke’s masterpiece; and forthcoming fall titles, including one of my favorite writers, Richard Flanagan, whose new novel I’m currently loving, along with the reliably strange Michel Faber, history from Hampton Sides, and one of the U.S. South’s most popular writers, Rick Bragg, on one of the South’s most notorious rock-n-rollers. Sandwiched in the middle is something for the writer…

 

Sally Magnusson, author of Where Memories Go: why dementia changes everything (out now)

Sally Magnusson’s summer reading pile

 

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month I’ll be hosting the James Tait Black prize-giving ceremony at the Edinburgh Book Festival, so my holiday in Tuscany is a great time to devour the shortlist. The biographies were a bit large for my suitcase but the four novels are just right. Have just finished Jim Crace’s Harvest – a stunning read. The bottom two books are background reading for programmes I’m doing on the First World War.

 

 

Carrie Snyder, author of Girl Runner (spring 2015)

Carrie Snyder’s summer reading pile

 

Here’s the tour, from bottom to top, starting with the books I keep meaning to read, and do delve into on occasion, but have yet to finish: two library books, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, volume 1, and The Girl and the Game: A History of Women’s Sport in Canada (which I’ve already read, ages ago, but figure I should brush up on again in advance of my book coming out). Next is Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. I did intend to become a better person this summer. I regret to say I’ve stalled on step two. But I did read all through Matilda, by Roald Dahl, with my two youngest (ages 6 and 8). We loved it, although did note that Dahl seems to have a strong animus for the imposing female athlete, who is the villain in the piece. I whipped through Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, kept staying up late to read, which is what summer really should be for. Yes, that’s my own Girl Runner, the American uncorrected proof, which I confess I started reading the evening it arrived and just kept on. It’s homework, though. I’ve got a lot of readings booked this fall and I need to find and rehearse sections that would make for good drama. Just above is Anita Lahey’s essay collection The Mystery Shopping Cart, only available in Canada, and a very Canadian book of literary critique. Finally, the book I’m currently marching through: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard, the second in the series; I loved the first, but am finding this one a little less moving, with its focus so far on raising small children while trying to find time to write, which is basically my life and has been for the past 13 years. This is hardly an original observation, but I keep wondering if anyone would be interested had a woman written it instead.

 

Aylet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure (out now)

Ayelet Waldman’s summer reading pile

 

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my new novel and by far the most exciting part of that is delving into a new area of research. Research is my joy. It’s the actual writing part that kicks my ass.

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Munro Nobel Prize and Carrie Snyder Girl RunnerAlice Munro,

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one of Canada most beloved writers and a master of the short story form, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. While we were researching Ms. Munro’s achievements, we came across this interesting piece of trivia:

> Alice Munro has won the Governor General’s Literary Award – one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes – three times.

> Two Roads author Carrie Snyder was a finalist at the prize with her short story collection THE JULIET STORIES last year

But the connections don’t end there. When DEAR LIFE, the latest collection by Ms. Munro, came out in 2012, Carrie was asked by the National Post to review it. Read her review here: http://bit.ly/17qUFBZ

And you can read Carrie’s blog post here with her thoughts on Alice Munro’s achievement here: http://carrieannesnyder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/giddy-making-news.html

Hurrah for Canada!

Carrie Snyder author of Girl RunnerIt’s official: we’re on a roll!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have acquired Girl Runner, the debut novel from Carrie Snyder.

Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a pioneering

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Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. Without revealing who they are, and what they may want from her, the two visitors take Aganetha on an outing from the nursing home. Returning her to the home of her birth, their ulterior motives and their identity are gradually revealed, forcing Aganetha to confront her own secrets and difficult life choices.

Set in the early twentieth century, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, rivalry, athletics, and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions.

I’m very proud to have a writer of Carrie’s distinction on the Two Roads list – Girl Runner is a brilliantly evocative story of time and place with an unforgettable heroine.

Lisa Highton, Two Roads Publisher

CARRIE SNYDER was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua, and Ayr, Ontario. She is the author of two books of short fiction. Her first, Hair Hat (Penguin, 2004), was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, and her second, The Juliet Stories (House of Anansi, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario. You can find out more about Carrie by reading her blog carrieannesnyder.blogspot.co.uk

We even get a mention (thanks Carrie!):

The rights to Girl Runner have been sold in the UK (and Australia) to another terrific editor: Lisa Highton, who is the publisher of Two Roads, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. Yup. I’m over the moon, and have been re-reading somewhat compulsively the press release Lisa prepared yesterday to announce the acquisition. Kevin and kids are already plotting to hitchhike along on any future tours to the UK.

The book is being published by House of Anansi Press in Canada and we’ll publish in early spring 2015 alongside HarperCollins in the States. This is one of the hot books of Frankfurt Book Fair (which starts today), and foreign rights have been sold in Germany, Italy, France and The Netherlands!

Congrats Carrie!

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