“Bad coffee can only keep you company for so long at four a.m. in a bus depot.”
Caitlin Press, 2014
All of the characters in Janine Alyson Young’s debut collection seem as though they would immediately recognize the truth of that. They all seem to have a spot of the drifter in them, even [...]
The reader moves onto the floor with great excitement, turning the initial pages of a debut novel, heartbeat slightly accelerated, hopes and expectations heightened. It is a dance: this movement between reader and story. Alice Simpson’s Ballroom takes that connection seriously.
The very structure of the novel mirrors the movements on a [...]
These stories were chosen “to be read rather than merely admired, or even envied”, including five previously unpublished stories. Thirty years later, the list of contents conjures up echoes of the Giller Prize, Canada Reads, and even a Pulitzer.
Frances Itani’s “Grandmother” “And she has long known what the rest of us take the better [...]
Choosing a stack based on whimsy rather than duty urged me to binge on these books with enthusiasm. The afternoon heat was held at bay by good stories and an assortment of drinks (often rum with some sort of fruit juice, from tangerine to strawberry, lemon to cherry). And without any pressing engagements, it was [...]
Sometimes a stack of reading goes stale. For no good reason. You know what I mean.
Maybe you’re just bored with the covers. Or you’ve been teasing the books along with a page here and there, when they needed some quality one-on-one time.
That’s where I was with my stack, heading into Canada Day’s [...]
Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2012)
In the foreword, Richard Van Camp writes that this collection is a “testament to the beauty of the land, the communities and the people who choose to live here” and he welcomes readers to the works. The same words might be used as plumpy jacket [...]
Write Reads is hosting this event, which runs from June 1 – September 1, 2014.
I learned about it last week via Consumed by Ink, and how could I resist: two of my favourite things, Canlit and short stories.
But the act of choosing is almost overwhelming. And of course there’s always the possibility of a theme [...]
Runaway readers cannot run away from the book after turning the final page. Instead, they have to burrow in.
Much like “Vandals” in 1994’s Open Secrets and the title story in 2012’s Dear Life, “Powers” is one of those closing stories that sends readers rushing back to the beginning.
McClelland & Stewart, 2004
This story has long been my favourite in this collection, although I could not recall which of them it was, when I first approached my reread of Runaway.
When Stratford appeared in the first story, I thought maybe my favourite was coming. But, no, “Runaway” was pure sorrow. There was [...]