Local author launches latest young-adult novel

Liane Shaw launched her fifth book, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, at Mill Street Books today as part of the nation-wide Authors for Indies day.


by Brent Eades

[FULL DISCLOSURE: Liane is my sister.]

Featured earlier this year in the CBC’s list of ‘most anticipated books of Spring 2016’, the novel focusses on Frederick, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome who forges a friendship with Angel — a young woman who then goes missing. As the publisher’s synopsis reads, “Friendship is a new concept for Frederick, so when Angel asked him to keep a secret no matter what, he agreed. But do the rules of friendship apply when your friend is missing?”

With Mary and Terry Lumsden of Mill Street Books.

Early reviews by young-adult fiction bloggers have been favourable. One reviewer said, “The only thing that I disliked about the novel was the ending. I know it’s a bit selfish of me, but I truly wanted more.”

Liane was a special-education teacher in this region for over two decades before retiring to write novels and a memoir that derive directly from her experiences working with children and teens facing challenges. Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell is her fifth book, all issued by the Toronto publisher Second Story Press.

Liane’s books on display at Mill Street Books.

Quill and Quire magazine said of Liane’s novel The Colour of Silence:

“Liane Shaw’s poetic novel of grief and friendship examines the vast difference between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.

The National Post reviewed her first novel, THINANDBEAUTIFUL.COM, saying:

“With well-developed characters in the mix of family and friends who engage with this young woman, teenaged readers have the opportunity to enjoy a strong story while at the same time learn about an illness that may hit close to home.

Liane and her husband David live on a rural property just outside Lanark village.