Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Fresh bookishness!

So many books to talk about! Including my favourites from 2014 and what’s currently in my stacks and my reading log.

My love letter to short fiction begins on February 16, following a review of Dionne Brand’s recent novel, Love Enough. (She is one of my MRE authors.)

Talk of five collections and, then, revisiting the last stories in Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Comfort, Nettles, Post and Beam, What Is Remembered, Queenie, and The Bear Came Over the Mountain).

Discussion of The View from Castle Rock begins on Saturday March 7th, with one story each Saturday. The schedule is here, as the Alice Munro Reading Project nears finish. (Only Too Much Happiness remains.) You’re welcome to join in, whether for a single story or for the whole collection.

How about you: what are you reading these days, and what are you looking forward to reading soon?

(First time here? Please don’t be shy: there’s no such thing as too much bookchat! Please leave a comment, say hello, talk books!)

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