Maybe and What’s Always Been Done: On Andrea MacPherson’s What We Once Believed (2017)

2017-10-12T14:27:56+00:00

I’ve loved the idea of a character named Maybe since I read Katheen Martin’s novel, Penny Maybe, about a sixteen-year-old girl working out all the possibilities ahead of her. Isn’t it just perfect for a coming-of-age story? And, indeed, in Andrea MacPherson’s novel, Maybe Collins is eleven years old

Maybe and What’s Always Been Done: On Andrea MacPherson’s What We Once Believed (2017) 2017-10-12T14:27:56+00:00

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write

2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

If you've glanced at the union regulations for Native writers, you'd have seen this one coming: Eden Robinson explains that it's a requirement. "It’s also a union regulation as a Native writer that you have to write a Trickster story at least once." (This is from an interview by

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write 2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “About Geneva”

2017-03-26T12:44:34+00:00

Even the shortest story in The Other Paris provokes a strong sympathy on the part of readers. Bill Perlmutter: "Through A Soldier's Lens. Europe In The Fifties".Click for source details At the heart of the story are two young children, Ursula who is older than seven and Colin who

Mavis Gallant’s “About Geneva” 2017-03-26T12:44:34+00:00

November 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

In the wake of my IFOA reading list and the literary prizelists of the season, my November reading felt relatively whimsical. Without duedates attached to the majority of my reading, it was a pleasure to slip into volumes which had sat untouched in recent weeks. Each of these three volumes covers,

November 2016, In My Reading Log 2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

Darren Greer’s Advocate (2016)

2017-07-24T14:33:29+00:00

"The past presses so hard on the present, the present is badly bruised, blood brims under the skin." These lines from Brenda Shaughnessy's poem “Nachträglichkeit”* fit beautifully with Darren Greer's new novel, Advocate: Not only because much of Advocate is preoccupied with memory, with what the characters carry with them

Darren Greer’s Advocate (2016) 2017-07-24T14:33:29+00:00