Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016)

2017-07-24T15:23:07+00:00

Lisa Moore builds folks from the ink up: she is standout at characterization. Groundwood Books, 2016 One of the elements that makes her characters so convincing is the echo effect, the reverberations off seemingly extraneous details (in images, in descriptions, in settings) to construct multi-faceted individuals. Readers who have

Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016) 2017-07-24T15:23:07+00:00

In My Reading Log

2015-06-08T14:39:17+00:00

At the beginning of March, I was determined to keep my nose in a stack of backlisted books. Books like these are the kind that to keep my focus on my own shelves in this reading year. Chad Pelley’s Every Little Thing (2013) “Every day, every hour, really, it was a

In My Reading Log 2015-06-08T14:39:17+00:00

Countdown: Magie Dominic and Ann-Marie MacDonald

2017-07-24T15:11:52+00:00

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

Countdown: Magie Dominic and Ann-Marie MacDonald 2017-07-24T15:11:52+00:00

Belonging: M.G. Vassanji, Michael Winter and Alan Doyle

2015-01-26T14:48:15+00:00

It's a familar theme in the Canadian landscape of letters, and it was also the topic of Adrienne Clarkson's recent Massey Lecture. "What does it mean to belong? And how do we belong? Who do we belong to?" These are the central ideas discussed in the series and they are

Belonging: M.G. Vassanji, Michael Winter and Alan Doyle 2015-01-26T14:48:15+00:00

Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (2014)

2015-01-07T13:41:17+00:00

It begins in fog. With Matthew Sweetland hearing voices "so indistinct he thought they might be imaginary". Doubleday Canada, 2014 This scene from the past alerts readers that they should be concerned with the line between the real and the invented, and even more to the point, with how

Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (2014) 2015-01-07T13:41:17+00:00