Thursday, August 16, 2018

Further Tim Hortons References in Literature

Now that I've started noticing references to Tim Hortons coffee shops in the novels I'm reading, I'm finding them everywhere.

"There were a lot of people in the parking lot: long, lean men with hips the size of ten-year-old girls, women with legs the size of Rose's arm, and an army of volunteers with eager smiles and matching T-shirts. Rose watched the runners kick out their uncooked spaghetti legs in the cold morning air.
Rose had not yet left the warmth of the car. She chewed energetically on a piece of gum. Callie sipped her hot chocolate in the passenger seat; Sarah was stretched across the backseat, wrapped in the quilt from her bed, her eyes clamped shut.
'I'm not ready.'
'Kinda too late, Mom.'
'We could go to Timmy's and you could get a donut. And we could say that I ran the race.'
'I don't like lying for you, Mom.' Rose knew that was a lie.

-from Rose's Run by Dawn Dumont, chapter 13

"I'm gonna fetch him, I told Mavis, who was busy unjamming his C7 in his boxers and a pair of flip-flops he'd made of duct tape and packing foam from a shipment of Tim Hortons vanilla dip with sprinkles. We had eighteen doughnuts each that day.
The Afghans started flinging grenades and mortars and we had a new problem appearing at the east side of our position: I saw we were in for a Taliban swarm we'd failed to expect."

-from Lost in September by Kathleen Winter, p 260

"'I wanted to see how you were doing. you sounded a bit ... on the phone.' A bit what, I wonder. What adjective best describes how I sound right now? Tamara notices my discomposure. 'Let's just go for coffee and talk. Easy, right?' she says. 'I'll take you to Tim Hortons.'"
"'Last winter, you remember when that bad snowstorm hit?' Rose stands now. I guess she's over being superstitious. 'Worst winter of my life, without my Ricky. So Bobby, she packed us all into my car, and I never let anyone drive my car, and she drove to the Tim Hortons, and after we all got our Double Doubles and Timbits, Bobby spun donuts in the parking lot. You know that parking lot's mostly gravel. I was scared half to death. And that was the moment I realized ... I realized that life would go on without my son.'"

-from Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn, p. 315

"She stopped in Arborg to touch up her makeup (You need to be cis for, like, a couple hours, don't forget) and a final coffee for her sleepy nerves. She drove around the town looking for a Tim's but they didn't have one here, just a community centre and a hockey arena and churches and a school and a Chicken Chef and a bakery and a huge machine shop and another little Co-op gas station. She stopped on Main Street, and her phone confirmed that the closest Tim's was half an hour south, in Gimli."

-from Little Fish by Casey Plett, p. 244-245

"So, after a series of convoluted explanations involving the racist Tim Hortons 'No Drunken Indians Allowed' incident in Lethbridge, the impact of the coffee trade on the environment, globalization, multinational corporate irresponsibility, and a brief foray into the problems with GM apples, rates of lactose intolerance in First Nations people, and whether deep frying is partly to blame for rocketing rates of cancer in North America, I think I convinced him that it made perfect sense for me to blurt out 'I'll have a large coffee, double cream, and better give me an apple fritter while you're at it.'"
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"When I woke, three days later, Jesse was sitting by the bed. He had one hand resting on my arm and with the other, he was drinking a coffee, a double-double no doubt."

-from The Day I Learned to Fly, in The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, p. 107-111

"The rental car hummed along, the wet roadside unfurled and the wipers beat a slow march. They shared a bag of jelly donuts Felix bought at Tim Hortons. They passed the Wreck Point lighthouse and he slowed."

-from Barkskins by Annie Proulx, p 695

"Maisey poured herself a cup of coffee in the dining room. 'Guess it's this decaf stuff for the next six weeks. Sure am glad my son stopped in Vernon so I could have my last cup of full-throttle Timmy's."
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"'I was going to skip the next workshop and go for coffee. There's a Tim Hortons across the street calling my name."

-from Tilly by Monique Gray Smith, p 117 and 169

My previously collected quotes that mention Tim Hortons can be found here: