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

The Creative Life on the Page (Five Books)

Because I forgot my key one day, I had to wait in the neighbourhood library for Mister BIP to finish work, before I could go home. I suppose I could have waited in the subway station. But it was only a 20-minute walk. Of course I walked: wouldn’t you?

One of the books I brought […]


Alice Mattison’s The Kite and the String (2016)

It’s not meant to be complicated. “I hope to help you think about your writing, and to approach the task with more confidence, excitement, and hope.”

That’s Alice Mattison’s intent. But of course it is complicated. Which is why there are countless books about the craft of writing.

Viking – PRH, 2016

The Kite and […]


Kyo Maclear’s Virginia Wolf (2012)

“If we’re lucky, art can help us through our wolfishness.”*

Kids Can Press, 2012

And it does, indeed, help Virginia get through her wolfishness.

As does her sister, Vanessa. And the painting of Bloomsberry.

What’s this? A children’s book about Virginia Woolf? But we all know how THAT story ends.

And, yet, Kyo Maclear’s […]


BHM: Edwidge Danticat

Princeton U Press, 2010

“Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I’ve always thought it meant to be a writer.”

So says Edwidge Danticat, in the early pages of the work inspired by Albert Camus’ essay and, also, inspired by countless tales of courageous reading and writing and living.

And what […]