August 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-08-11T13:57:35+00:00

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' The Ocean of Life) remain at home. Juliane Okot Bitek was inspired to engage with the Rwanda Genocide in response to Kenyan-American artist

August 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-08-11T13:57:35+00:00

Louis Riel: On the Page, On the Stage

2017-05-03T12:47:05+00:00

The Canadian Opera Company is now presenting a new 50th-anniversary production of "Louis Riel", originally written for the celebration of the Canadian centenary in 1967, with an attempt to shift that oh-so-colonial gaze, now including indigenous artists and languages with more nuanced representations of the historical figures. These are powerfully important

Louis Riel: On the Page, On the Stage 2017-05-03T12:47:05+00:00

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017

2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

My reading year began with Marina Endicott's New Year's Eve (2011), written with literacy front-of-mind; its vocabulary, structure and tone are meant to ease the passage for readers with varying degrees of ease reading in English. It begins simply: "The snow started before we left home." Despite its brevity ,

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017 2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

December 2016, In My Bookbag

2017-07-24T15:24:49+00:00

In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes which have kept me company while on the move, while heavier volumes (like Connie Willis' Crosstalk and Steven King's 11/22/1963) stayed home. Warsan Shire's chapbook is my skinniest book of the year. I finished reading it on a single commute, but

December 2016, In My Bookbag 2017-07-24T15:24:49+00:00

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)

2016-11-10T10:58:28+00:00

Nothing really happens. Here, the "main event is simply a view of the water". So Ruby's story should not be a page-turner. But, in fact, The Town that Drowned is a coming-of-age story with a curious momentum. No single element is responsible: character and voice, setting and structure, all work

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011) 2016-11-10T10:58:28+00:00