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

Countdown: Magie Dominic and Ann-Marie MacDonald

With chapters named for the days of the week in Street Angel and with specific dates in a given week in Adult Onset, these two novels seem to make ideal reading companions.

Ultimately, much of literary fiction is preoccupied with time. Whether it is Molly Bloom’s day in James Joyce’s classic Ulysses or the week […]


Under-represented at the table, holding their own on the page

Neither small-scale farmers nor low-income communities have been invited to the table to make food policy on a global scale.

The Stop illuminates this reality in matter-of-fact and unsentimental language, presenting facts both from a bird’s-eye-view and a grassroots perspective.

Readers are acquainted with some alarming information on an international scale. For instance, “in debt […]


B.J. Novak’s One More Thing (2014)

Could be that I am the only person who started to watch “The Office” because B.J. Novak wrote a collection of short fiction.

Knopf – Random House, 2014

More likely, those who watched “The Office” for years will pick up a copy of the temp’s first book because they’ve watched the show.

But I […]


Mary Lawson’s Road Ends (2013)

You might think Struan is an unlikely setting for a novel. A town you can walk through in under ten minutes (even on slippery wintry surfaces).

Knopf Canada, 2013

“Walking from one end of Struan to the other takes less than ten minutes. If you kept walking south and east eventually you would hit […]


Mary Swan’s My Ghosts (2013)

Setting Mary Swan’s novella The Deep alongside her recent novel My Ghosts, the blues in their covers are rich and varied.

The cover of one features statuary, a feminine form, opaque but graceful; the cover of the other showcases a butterfly, luminescent and fragile.

They seem to intertwine. And one could pull a pair of […]


Accepting and Adjusting: Americanah and The Blondes

In an effort to manage out-of-control stacks of reading, I try to choose disparate stories in the mass of current reads.

Slipping Emily Schultz’s The Blondes in with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah seemed like a good bet.

A fantastic tale of a plague which seems to infect blonde women.

Ifemelu leaves her high-school boyfriend behind […]