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Canadian Books & Authors 2017-08-11T14:43:36+00:00

An Enduring Passion

Ignited in childhood, still stoked today

In the eleventh grade, I decided that I liked ancient history best: it seemed like maybe I could read everything about it because so much of it had already been lost. Perhaps that longing was behind my initial compulsion to “read Canadian”, the idea that maybe I could read it all. Then, I discovered more favourites: the reading landscape expanded.

One such favourite
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Canadian Works Discussed

A Wanna-be Read-it-all

Who only wants to ReadAllTheBooks

Eudora Welty says it perfectly: “I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.”

Recent Bookchat

About the pages that I’ve been turning

Fresh bookishness!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION AUGUST 11, 2017  PLEASE COME AGAIN WHEN I'VE GOT THE PLACE TIDIED UP! So many books to talk about! Including what's currently in my notebook and what I'm

Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016)

From the outset, The Fiend has a creepy element which readers hadn't yet experienced in the fiction Margaret Millar had published theretofore. "She was about nine. Having watched

Mavis Gallant’s “Sunday Afternoon”

As in "The Other Paris" and "The Cost of Living", a nineteen-year-old woman's dreams of romance in the city are feathering away in "Sunday Afternoon". Robert Capa

August 2017, In My Bookbag

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany and Callum Roberts'

Maharaj to Munro and McNulty to Miller. Browse the Books Discussed Page to look for more. More M’s. More of the other 25.

An A-Z Listing

Indigenous Stories. From Sherman Alexie to Alexis Wright. Louis Riel to Louise Erdrich. Jordan Abel to Eden Robinson. Find new favourites.

Some of my faves

Fiercely reading indie. How to preserve your reading spirit when you feel you can’t make a difference.

Feeling Fierce?

A Canadian Girl

From Lyn Cook and Jean Little, Onwards

My small-town library had all the Lyn Cook stories on their shelves (my favourite was Samantha’s Secret Room) and usually one or two Jean Little novels (I looked for Stand in the Wind and Look Through My Window first). A trip to the county library meant the chance of a Mouse Woman collection or that thrilling story of how Madeleine de Vercheres single-handedly saved the whole fort in New France (I was immersed in the colonial narrative). When I was a teenager, we moved to the city and the library was huge. Timothy Findley was an early favourite.

Read More

“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.”

Anonymous • Quote of the Day, Carol Shields' The Republic of Love

“I’m starting to realize all readers are writing at least half the book they are reading. Maybe when I write I am responding to that childhood experience of reading, that unequivocal, sensuous absorption. I guess I found writing through reading.”

Lisa Moore
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