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

In My Stacks, May 2016

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it?

When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I’d been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction had shifted into reading almost […]


Rascal: A Raccoon with Style

Sterling North’s Rascal (1963) Illus. John Schoenherr (1971)

“It was in May, 1918, that a new friend and companion came into my life: a character, a personality, and a ring-tailed wonder.”

That’s Rascal, when 11-year-old Sterling pulls him from his mother’s nest one May.

Sterling and his friend, Oscar, and his Saint Bernard, Wowser, had originally thought […]