Kim Moritsugu

A Toronto native of Japanese-Canadian and French-Canadian background, Kim Mortisugu completed a B.A. and M.B.A. at the University of Toronto. She worked in a corporate setting before embarking on a career as a journalist and novelist. Her third novel, The Glenwood Treasure, is set in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rose Park, a fictional version of Rosedale where she grew up. Moritsugu is a graduate of and instructor at the Humber School for Writers.

Fiction (For ESL students and reluctant Adult readers)

And Everything Nice

Victoria, BC.: Raven Books/Orca Books, 2011. (Rapid reads series)

Publisher’s Synopsis

After joining a community choir, Stephanie helps a new friend recover her private journal from a blackmailer.

Fiction

The Glenwood Treasure

Toronto: Simon & Pierre Fiction, 2003.
PS8576 .O67 G54 2003

Publisher’s Synopsis

After her marriage breaks down, shy schoolteacher Blithe Morrison takes refuge for the summer with her parents in the affluent Toronto neighbourhood of Rose Park. Blithe’s return home evokes memories of her life-long sibling war with Noel, her golden-boy older brother, now a diplomat posted in England. But when Blithe befriends a lonely eleven-year-old girl, and takes on a local history research project, she uncovers truths about a long-rumoured buried treasure that forever alter her perceptions of her family, her friends, and herself.

Awards and Honours

2004 Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award (Nominated)

Fiction

Looks Perfect

Fredericton, N.B.: Goose Lane Editions, 1996.

Publishers Synopsis

Rosemary MacKinnon, the funny, sexy fashion editor of Panache, jets off to Europe and New York to cover the ready-to-wear collections. Suddenly, the man of her dreams, a publishing magnate, falls under her spell. Why? Apart from shop talk mingled with their bedroom antics, he hardly speaks to her. Half-Vietnamese, Rosemary suspects he has a thing for exotic-looking women.

Awards and Honours

1996 Toronto Book Awards (Nominated)

Fiction

Old Flames

Erin, Ont.: Porcupine’s Quill, 1999.
PS8576 .O67 O44 1999

Publisher’s Synopsis (Porcupine’s Quill, 1999)

Old Flames is a comic and touching tale of the friendship that grows between two women with rather different dreams; an entertaining novel about making your own happiness.

The Oakdale Dinner Club book cover

Fiction

The Oakdale Dinner Club

Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2014.
PS8576 .O67 O25 2014

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

After Mary Ann’s husband cheats on her, the suburban mom decides to have her own affair. She starts up a neighbourhood dinner club as a cover and invites three men she has earmarked as potential lovers. Along for the ride is her best friend, Alice, who has recently returned with her young daughter to Oakdale, the cozy bedroom community where the two women grew up and briefly shared a telepathic past.

Over good food and wine, new friendships develop, new dreams simmer, Mary Ann pursues her affair candidates, and Alice opens her heart and mind to ways out of her single-working-mother social rut. The stars align on the night the core dinner club members consume an aphrodisiac, go to a local dive bar, hit the dance floor, and rock their worlds.

Fiction

The Restoration of Emily

Toronto, Ont.: Dundurn Press, 2006.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its Spring/Summer 2006 catalog)

Architect and single mother Emily Harada has structured a well-ordered existence around her work restoring houses and the parenting of her teenage son, Jesse. But her carefully laid foundation cracks when she develops a nagging ache in her shoulder, has her architectural integrity questioned, and feels shut out by Jesse’s assertions of independence. What she doesn’t need right now — or does she? — are the romantic attentions of a former student, an attractive but much younger man. Or, for an old acquaintance to resurface with questions about a Bronze Age artifact that Emily might have, uh, stolen, once upon a time, in her youth.

Fiction

The Showrunner

Toronto, Ont.: Dundurn Press, 2018.
PS8576 .O67 S56 2018

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Rising-star showrunner Stacey McCreedy has one goal: to leave behind her nerd-girl origins and become a power player — like Ann Dalloni, her former mentor and current producing partner. Ann, meanwhile, is feeling her age and losing her mind. But she’ll be damned if she cedes control of their hit primetime TV show to Stacey.

After Ann hires Jenna, a young actress hoping to restart her stalled career, as an assistant, the relationship between Ann and Stacey deteriorates into a blood feud. Soon, Jenna must choose whom to support and whom to betray to achieve her own ends. And Stacey will find out if she possesses the killer instinct needed to stay on top.

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Links

Kim Moritsugu website

Reader’s guide for And Everything Nice and other books in the Rapid Reads series.

Publisher Dundurn Group

Orca Book Publishers

Porcupine’s Quill has an entry for Moritsugu’s Old Flames