Happiness Economics made the TOP 40 for Canada Reads 2014!

Unfortunately, it did not make the Top Ten. Thanks to all who voted!

My first novel, Things Go Flying, was in the top five for Perth County Reads 2014. It was up against Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro; The Carnivore by Mark Sinnett; Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady; and The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Perth County chose Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro as the one book everyone in Perth County will try to read in 2014, but Things Go Flying was runner up!


Happiness Economics, my second novel published by Brindle & Glass, was a finalist for the Leacock Medal.

Will Thorne is a stalled poet, married to Judy, a wildly successful celebrity economist. Pressured by a starving fellow poet, Will establishes The Poets’ Preservation Society, a genteel organization to help poets in need. But when Will meets his muse, the enigmatic and athletic Lily White, he becomes inspired not only to write poetry, but to take guerrilla action in support of poets everywhere. Poetry meets parkour and culture clashes with commerce in this hilarious look at how we measure the value of art.

Congratulations to Patrick deWitt on winning the Leacock! And everything else!
To read more about the Leacock Medal and the other nominees, click here.

More press on the Leacock Medal:
The Globe and Mail
The National Post
Quill and Quire
CBC Books
The Barrie Examiner
The Vancouver Sun

Watch the Book Trailer for Happiness Economics!
(Special thanks to Melanie Doane and the cool guys at Team 2X.)

Happiness Economics gets a rave review in The Globe & Mail. Read the full review here.

Happiness Economics gets a spectacular review in The Winnipeg Review. Read the full review here.

I’m thrilled to be named as one of CBC Books’ Writers To Watch, 2012!

Click here to read a recent interview with Open Book Toronto.

To hear an audio recording of me reading an excerpt from Happiness Economics, click on AuthorsAloud.

Happiness Economics is a Book Club Suggestion at McNally Robinson. Click here.

Happiness Economics is one of 11 Best Bets on Words Worth Books’ 2012 Summer Reads List. Click here.

Happiness Economics is on the Halifax Reader’s list of 7 up-and-coming books for fall 2011! Click here.

It’s also on Canadian Bookshelf’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2011. Click here.
And on Quill & Quire’s Fall Preview 2011: Canadian Fiction. Click here.

Happiness Economics gets noticed by Forbes magazine! Click here.

My first novel Things Go Flying, also from Brindle & Glass, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award, and got an honourable mention in Jim Bartley’s First Fiction Top Five of 2008.

Here’s what The Globe & Mail said about Things Go Flying:
“Lapeña stretches belief with great charm. Her cameo clips of Voltaire and Nietzsche are a mind-tweaking delight. Her style is a gently exaggerated verisimilitude, her form spooky farce, all held aloft by sensitive portraits of four very different human animals.”

To read a fun interview at 49th Shelf and to hear an audio recording of me reading a passage from Things Go Flying, click here.

Things Go Flying and Happiness Economics are now available on Kobo, Kindle, NOOK, the Sony Reader and at the Itunes store.

Look around, read an excerpt, and check out the Reader’s Guide for book clubs. I will even visit your book club for snacks—as long as it’s in the Greater Toronto Area. Just drop me a line by email, on the Contacts page.


PS Read my guest blog on Blog of Green Gables about raising a dyslexic reader.

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Brindle & Glass
The 49th Shelf
The Writers’ Union of Canada
The Afterword
Quill & Quire
CBC Books
Open Book Toronto
Authors Aloud
That Shakespearean Rag
pickle me this
The Teatime Reader
January Magazine
The Indextrious Reader
Buried in Print
Ian Colford
Elizabeth Ruth
Patricia Westerhof
Melanie Doane