Locks are like this: to break their purpose you must know them fully, as you would know certain faces. You must understand the flick and tick of tumblers, the swivel of nooks in metal. I did not know how to pick a lock. I tapped the first small silver circle. I peered at [...]
Choosing a stack based on whimsy rather than duty urged me to binge on these books with enthusiasm. The afternoon heat was held at bay by good stories and an assortment of drinks (often rum with some sort of fruit juice, from tangerine to strawberry, lemon to cherry). And without any pressing engagements, it was [...]
Sometimes a stack of reading goes stale. For no good reason. You know what I mean.
Maybe you’re just bored with the covers. Or you’ve been teasing the books along with a page here and there, when they needed some quality one-on-one time.
That’s where I was with my stack, heading into Canada Day’s [...]
Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2012)
In the foreword, Richard Van Camp writes that this collection is a “testament to the beauty of the land, the communities and the people who choose to live here” and he welcomes readers to the works. The same words might be used as plumpy jacket [...]
Write Reads is hosting this event, which runs from June 1 – September 1, 2014.
I learned about it last week via Consumed by Ink, and how could I resist: two of my favourite things, Canlit and short stories.
But the act of choosing is almost overwhelming. And of course there’s always the possibility of a theme [...]
It’s that time of year again: time for the Canadian Book Challenge, which launches each July 1st on Canada Day.
Most of what I read is Canlit, but I am easily distracted by new and shiny books and I forget to make time to read the classics.
The first time I joined the challenge hosted by The [...]
Runaway readers cannot run away from the book after turning the final page. Instead, they have to burrow in.
Much like “Vandals” in 1994′s Open Secrets and the title story in 2012′s Dear Life, “Powers” is one of those closing stories that sends readers rushing back to the beginning.
McClelland & Stewart, 2004
This story has long been my favourite in this collection, although I could not recall which of them it was, when I first approached my reread of Runaway.
When Stratford appeared in the first story, I thought maybe my favourite was coming. But, no, “Runaway” was pure sorrow. There was [...]
Like Alva in “Sunday Afternoons” and Edie in “How I Met My Husband”, Grace is a young woman with a summer job.
But even within the context of this transitory existence and experience, she settles into a routine, steadfast and predictable.
McClelland & Stewart, 2004
Soon, Grace is [...]