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

2017-09-15T13:07:49+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) 2017-09-15T13:07:49+00:00

Reading South Sudan: Witnessing

2017-09-13T10:33:56+00:00

First, the matter of getting situated. In this, the largest country in Africa, geographically, nearly twice the size of Alaska: Sudan. Its peoples speak 134 different languages, more than 400 if one counts distinct dialects. It officially declared independence on January 1, 1956. North of Sudan is the Sahara

Reading South Sudan: Witnessing 2017-09-13T10:33:56+00:00

What about The Right to Be Cold?

2017-09-13T10:47:03+00:00

Sheila Watt-Cloutier's story of protecting her Inuit culture is fraught and complicated. Many times, I had to set it aside, the core of my being all-a-shudder. In the past, this setting-aside was longer lasting. This is a book I have had trouble leaving between the covers. Ultimately, I read

What about The Right to Be Cold? 2017-09-13T10:47:03+00:00

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-09-13T11:12:45+00:00

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like Stephen King's It and an omnibus of Shirley Jackson's short works) remain at home. On a late August afternoon, I'm taking the Queen Street streetcar, in the stretch between Beach and Parliament,

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-09-13T11:12:45+00:00

Inspiring: Until We Are Free

2017-09-13T10:32:45+00:00

Shirin Ebadi's Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran landed on my stack thanks to Ali's description of hearing her speak and reading the book. Ebadi's tone is resolved and declarative. This, her third book, chronicles her experiences in the years surrounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership

Inspiring: Until We Are Free 2017-09-13T10:32:45+00:00