Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche”

2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

If the story were titled "Les Deceptions de Marie-Blanche", it might be translated as "The Disappointments of Marie-Blanche": an apt choice. San Francisco Earthquake, 1907 - Click for source details And, yet, as it stands, there is the added implication that Marie-Blanche has not only been disappointed by

Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche” 2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

Derek McCormack’s Christmas Days (2005)

2014-07-11T16:20:03+00:00

When I was a girl, I had the same kind of advent calendar that Derek McCormack describes receiving every year from his mother, the flat ones made of cardstock, with winter scenes decorating them, little images behind each flap as you discovered them. No toys, no candies. House of

Derek McCormack’s Christmas Days (2005) 2014-07-11T16:20:03+00:00

The Winter Book

2014-07-11T16:20:14+00:00

When I was a girl and allowed to choose my own books for a special occasion, I always selected an anthology. If I'd spotted a book like Rotraut Susanne Berner's The Winter Book, it would have been a shoe in. First, my choice was practical: they were larger books. (Well,

The Winter Book 2014-07-11T16:20:14+00:00

“An Ex-Mas Feast”

2014-03-15T18:26:49+00:00

So, usually when there is a giveaway for an event or a challenge I opt out, but I didn't notice that there were prizes for Amy's Nigerian Independence Day reading event. Not until I noticed that I'd been lucky enough to win a copy of The Granta Book of the

“An Ex-Mas Feast” 2014-03-15T18:26:49+00:00

Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters

2014-03-15T18:23:04+00:00

Did you even know about these? The first was written by J.R.R. Tolkien to his children in 1920, and the collection was edited by Baillie Tolkien. (The last one, too, appears in the collection, although it's just a sampling of the oeuvre.) I discovered it this past autumn,

Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters 2014-03-15T18:23:04+00:00