What about The Right to Be Cold?

2017-10-03T12:47:27+00:00

Sheila Watt-Cloutier's story of protecting her Inuit culture is fraught and complicated. Many times, I had to set it aside, the core of my being all-a-shudder. In the past, this setting-aside was longer lasting. This is a book I have had trouble leaving between the covers. Ultimately, I read

What about The Right to Be Cold? 2017-10-03T12:47:27+00:00

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney

2017-09-18T10:58:03+00:00

These are the kinds of stories which expose the imperfections which lie beneath a carefully smoothed comforter. Honest characterization is key, Lisa McInerney explains to Marie Gethins,: "There is absolutely no element or aspect of their characters’ lives a writer should shy away from presenting, no matter how unpleasant.

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney 2017-09-18T10:58:03+00:00

Reading Trio: Native North

2017-07-24T12:11:12+00:00

For last year's Canadian book challenge, I chose to read on a theme: indigenous authors, inspired by some past favourites. But I neglected the northern natives. This reading trio will serve as a bridge into this year's Canadian book challenge. And, hey, it's not too late to join! The Shanawdithit spread

Reading Trio: Native North 2017-07-24T12:11:12+00:00

June 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-07-24T15:24:22+00:00

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like Margaret Millar's omnibus of mysteries, like Elizabeth von Arnim's Christopher and Columbus) remain at home. Tiphanie Yanique's Wife appeared from Peepal Press in 2015, after a collection of stories and a novel:

June 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-07-24T15:24:22+00:00

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all

2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Rereading the Saga comics is definitely worthwhile. On first-reading, I was a little off-kilter, so engrossed in some panels that I missed others completely, only occasionally remembering to retrace my steps. Discovering wings or horns on characters who appeared humanoid at first glance was delightfully but consistently distracting. Readers are aware

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all 2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00