Flying Books is back at the Gladstone Hotel with a flight of books that talk to one another: Still Mine, by Amy Stuart, a smart, gripping thriller that puts women at the centre without making violence against them a spectacle. The Red Parts, by Maggie Nelson, which (among many other things) examines how our culture makes murdered young women a spectacle. Vietnam War espionage novel The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer, with scenes in Hollywood, absurd war-spectacle centre non-pareil. The Loser, by Thomas Bernhardt, featuring the tender absurdities of friends who make art. How Should a Person Be? featuring the tender absurdities of friends who make art. How to Live, which answers its own question 20 times over via Montaigne. Pretentiousness, which reclaims pretentiousness, thereby giving me permission to choose a book by Montaigne and use a word like "non-pareil," above. In-Between Days, which shows in words and pictures Teva Harrison's embrace of life (Montaigne would approve) in the face of a brutal diagnosis. Margaret the First, who seized the day with audacity and style. And What Belongs to You, because it's exquisite (and Montaigne would approve). All available now at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) and The Weekend Variety (1080 Queen St W). Many also available at Northwood General (800 Bloor St W) and Ezra's Pound (238 Dupont St).