2017 Plans and Projects

2017-01-27T09:29:43+00:00

More short stories, more indigenous authors, more series completed and updated, more from my own shelves and more non-fiction: my reading goals for this year. Reading Alice Munro's short stories lasted from 2011 to 2015, reading two or three collections a year, no more than a story a week. Last

2017 Plans and Projects 2017-01-27T09:29:43+00:00

Margery Sharp’s The Rescuers (1959; 1977)

2017-01-25T12:30:24+00:00

When I was a girl, I was too afraid to watch the part of the Disney movie in which Penny is lowered into the darkness in a bucket. If I had actually read the stories on my bookshelf, I would have had great sympathy for the mice in the Prisoner's

Margery Sharp’s The Rescuers (1959; 1977) 2017-01-25T12:30:24+00:00

For My Feminist Friend Who Dreams of Revolution

2017-02-03T10:13:20+00:00

I grew up loving the works of Margaret Atwood and Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro. Traditional? Perhaps. Maybe my CanLit taste is old-fashioned. And in their time, these were women who dared. Not 'but', 'and'. This remains their time. And beyond the page. In the recent furor surrounding the efforts to

For My Feminist Friend Who Dreams of Revolution 2017-02-03T10:13:20+00:00

Faves and Stand-out Reads from My 2016

2017-01-20T11:47:50+00:00

My reading year began with a reread of The Radiant Way (1987), which begins with a New Year's party. The first time I read the novel, I was in my 20s and I hadn't yet read Virginia Woolf; this time I couldn't help but think of Mrs. Dalloway as the women

Faves and Stand-out Reads from My 2016 2017-01-20T11:47:50+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections

2017-01-18T10:28:59+00:00

In Susan Hill's Howard's End Is on the Landing, she quotes a friend who says "We read Margaret Drabble to feel the zeitgeist, our daughters read Helen Simpson." (Their daughters' daughters might be reading Janine Alyson Young or Alex Leslie or Rivka Galchen or Eufemia Fantetti.) In the first story

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections 2017-01-18T10:28:59+00:00