Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003)

2017-04-12T13:09:08+00:00

The table of contents is simple but thrilling for me, the book's five chapters all themes and topics of great interest: Books and Islands, Islands, Rock Paintings, Books, and Home. If the other titles in the series (from National Geographic)  are even half of what this volume appears to be,

Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003) 2017-04-12T13:09:08+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954)

2017-03-26T12:01:48+00:00

This feels like a quintessential Mavis Gallant story: expectations and disappointments swirling around a young girl's form, as she begins to assemble a set of truths about the world. The town in "Wing's Chips" would never make it onto a postcard of Valley-living(Click for source details) Although the setting appears

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954) 2017-03-26T12:01:48+00:00

Hodgepodge of Irish Bookishness

2017-04-12T13:07:27+00:00

There's some Irish in me and some on my bookshelves, too, but this March, with Reading Ireland hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and memories of reading Irish short stories with Mel at The Reading Life, I went for a library browse to add to the volumes I'd pulled from my shelves.

Hodgepodge of Irish Bookishness 2017-04-12T13:07:27+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche”

2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

If the story were titled "Les Deceptions de Marie-Blanche", it might be translated as "The Disappointments of Marie-Blanche": an apt choice. San Francisco Earthquake, 1907 - Click for source details And, yet, as it stands, there is the added implication that Marie-Blanche has not only been disappointed by

Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche” 2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

In My Notebook, April 2017

2017-04-13T15:15:26+00:00

Sometimes it's not so much about a list. More about ideas and possibilities. Either way, my notebook is busy this month. With Kinna's 2017 Africa Reading Challenge, I'm eyeing the possibilities. Maybe some Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo or Buchi Emecheta, some Chinua Achebe or Brian Chikwava, or maybe, finally, Tsitsi Dangarembga. Sometimes it's very

In My Notebook, April 2017 2017-04-13T15:15:26+00:00