Five Rivers Recommends: Good Books and Warm Drinks Part III

Hello, readers. Welcome to the weekend! You did a good job working your way to some nice free time, and we’re here to provide you with some options for your entertainment. Here at Five Rivers Publishing, we are a strong advocate for Canadian voices, so we think you’d appreciate a book about a sport about which Canadians’ voices are especially loud—hockey.

We want you to build up your hockey-enthusiasm endurance for Hockey Night(s) in Canada, and Paula Johanson’s King Kwong is up to the challenge of keeping interested and informed about hockey. King Kwong is about Larry Kwong, the China Clipper who broke the NHL colour barrier. King Kwong will take you to the NHL ice of 1948 where he became the first man of colour to play for NHL. It will last a brief one minute, but the moment is as full as the life Larry Kwong lived before and after the game. King Kwong will tell you a story of a boy skating on a frozen pond, playing with siblings, and dreaming big about racing through life in hockey skates with hockey stick swinging. It’s a familiar story for children who grow up in Canada, but for King Kwong who pursued his professional hockey aspirations prior to the Multiculturalism Act of 1988, it was quite the challenge.

Enjoy King Kwong this weekend for some hockey and the continuous pursuit of a truly Canadian goal of inclusivity and multiculturalism. For your warm drink pairing, may we suggest some tea? Going with the theme of multiculturalism, we’re giving you five teas from around the world to choose from:

Maghreb Tea from Morocco. Green Tea + Mint leaves = Refreshing

Chai Tea from India. Sweet + Spices + Cream = Yum

Oolong tea from China. Dark + Simple = Subtly Delicious

Matcha Tea from Japan. Full-bodied + Sweet = Interesting Nutritious Taste
British Tea. Black Tea + Milk = Classic

If you’re not quite the tea drinker, we won’t judge you if you opt for a cold beer. You can pick up your copy of King Kwong at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo, Kobo and Indie Bound.

Check out Paula Johanson’s blog for author updates. Let us know how you like King Kwong, how your hockey team is doing this season, how you enjoy your tea, or other things you want to share with us. We’d love to hear from you!