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December 2017, In My Notebook

2017-12-07T09:58:16+00:00

This season, I took a break from my reading projects and played with the longlists for some of the Canadian literary prizes. Before I'd quite finished, I started in with the next Mavis Gallant short story collection. Still, I might yet finish the three remaining books. Alternatively, they might wait

December 2017, In My Notebook 2017-12-07T09:58:16+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Revised Guide to Paris” (1980)

2017-12-12T10:29:43+00:00

The first story in this Mavis Gallant reading project was "The Other Paris", the title story in her first collection. Therein, a young woman's dreams of Paris fell through (with her dreams of the romance she had imagined). Even after she became engaged to be married, Carol was weary of

Mavis Gallant’s “A Revised Guide to Paris” (1980) 2017-12-12T10:29:43+00:00

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills

2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00

In which pages are turned, at a faster rate than usual. Character-soaked, but still fast-paced storytelling. Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves (2017) is set in a future in which the dominant culture has determined that the blood of indigenous peoples holds an inherent value for healing. Exploitation and genocide ensue. This

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills 2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Night and Day” (1962)

2017-12-05T18:09:33+00:00

This story falls between some longer ones in Going Ashore, with Mavis Gallant's early and uncollected stories, "One Morning in May" and "A Day Like Any Other". Both stories in which young people's innocence moves into the shadows of experience. In the shorter stories I've been reading lately, "From Gamut to Yalta",

Mavis Gallant’s “Night and Day” (1962) 2017-12-05T18:09:33+00:00

Non-Fiction November Final Week: New to my TBR

2017-11-30T10:28:50+00:00

2017’s Nonfiction November is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review, Julie at Julz Reads, and Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness! This final week is hosted by (Lory at Emerald City Book Review) Which amazing non-fiction books have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted

Non-Fiction November Final Week: New to my TBR 2017-11-30T10:28:50+00:00