Terra Arnone


Toronto, ON

Terra Arnone

Freelance writer covering books, sports, and the people who make them interesting | Toronto, Ontario | @terraarnone


Ernest Hemingway’s Crook Factory and other things we learned from Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961. Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is about a man better known for being an Author, Journalist, Wino, and Wandering Eye: Ernest Miller Hemingway. The American novelist has been biographied to death and many times since, but Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy promises a scoop, offering reasonably substantiated speculation on Hemingway’s dalliances with espionage both stateside and abroad.

Did Casey Stengel, ‘Baseball’s Greatest Character,’ hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium wearing only one shoe?

Charles Dillon Stengel has been called no shortage of names – Dutch, KC, Ol’ Case and The Perfessor, among other less favourable appellations rivals assigned him during the legend’s nearly 50-year career in Major League Baseball. But the Hall of Famer might be best known simply as Casey Stengel, and – as author Marty Appel would have it – Baseball’s Greatest Character.

Keith Richards once snorted his father’s ashes: What we learned from Cannibalism, A Perfectly Natural History

Though often portrayed as the ultimate act of human depravity, zoologist and author Bill Schutt thinks cannibalism has gotten a bad rap. His fourth book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, explores the sometimes-ritual, sometimes-required rite of consuming one’s own species.

Molson Canadian peddles parties, not beer: Marketing lessons we learned from This I Know

Terry O’Reilly wasn’t always bald. The ad vet and radio personality makes a point of saying so in his second book, This I Know, a highlight reel of the most crucial lessons O’Reilly learned in nearly three decades of work in Canadian copywriting – an iconic career he holds responsible for anything that may or may not have happened to his hairline since.

How Canadians made the world 'smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier'

There’s an ongoing battle in the rather subdued if not altogether silent small community of Canadian history buffs quietly cogitating the state, status and composition of our country’s collective identity. They’ve been at it for, oh, a sesquicentennial or so, and these days not much closer to any unanimous accord: maple syrup or moose (meese?); Maurice Richard, maybe; The Bluenose or beavers, perhaps. Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and Happier is our own Governor General David Johnston’s best go at that bandy. Mr. Right Honourable’s 26th book gets a boost from buddy Tom Jenkins, as the two round up our country’s best brainchildren over 150 years of clever thought.

Joan Rivers would’ve chosen beauty over humour: What we learned from her biography Last Girl Before Freeway

Say what you will about Joan Rivers, but say it knowing that she’s probably beaten you to the punch line. The late comedian, known for her no-holds-barred humour and a fondness for silicone, doled searing criticism of herself in equal measure to others.

The voice in your head does sound different, and other things we learned from Mastering Civility

Mastering Civility might sound more like a handbook for baby’s first cotillion than a business professional’s next pocket read, but Georgetown management professor Christine Porath’s manifesto offers several simple ways the resident cubicle keener can make this year their most courteous – and thereby successful – yet.

Roman emperors used butter as an edible healing balm, and other things we learned from Butter: A Rich History

If Butter, as Elaine Khosrova describes it, is the culinary world’s “girl next door,” Khosrova proves that girl to be a saucy, fickle minx indeed. Butter: A Rich History is the pastry chef and food writer’s ode to the humble pantry staple and edifying look at how an accidental dairy byproduct has endured time, criticism and outright legal persecution.


Terra Arnone

I'm a freelance writer currently based in Toronto, Ontario covering books, sports, and culture for print and digital outlets across Canada. My work appears most often in the National Post's Arts section, where I write book reviews, profile authors, and gather quick-take digests of the latest in arts and culture for readers on the go.

A graduate of Queen's University, I cut my teeth as Features Editor at the University’s twice-weekly campus newspaper. I followed up my degree with a jaunt through the UK and Europe, taking post-graduate courses in travel writing and making my way across the continent doing just that. I am also a graduate of Ryerson University's Book Publishing program.

With in-house editorial experience at some of Canada's best-known independent and multinational book publishers, it's a keen eye for good books and knowing who will read them that brought me to my current work in books journalism.

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