The shortlist for the Toronto Book Award nearly always introduces me to the work of one writer whose work I did not know. (This year, I “discovered” Kevin Irie’s poetry.)
• Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Canada)
Harper Collins, 2012
Much of this memoir speaks of confinement but even in [...]
My copy of Woman: Maiden Wife and Mother is inscribed as part of Mrs Effie Randall’s collection, Port Edward Ontario, 1928.
It’s an oversized hardcover volume and has no publication date, but there is a small slip of paper used as a bookmark, a Quarterly Ticket for August 1890 for The Methodist Church, with the [...]
“I like telling stories of women who act on their passions.”
“I like these strong female characters.”
“When I talk with readers I feel an enormous appetite in women to explore both their strength and their emotional connectedness, which still tend not to be honoured in the dominant culture.”*
Any one of these statements would [...]
“If you think you understand what you see on the surface, caution Atwood’s fathomless parentheticals, keep looking.”
1966; House of Anansi, 2012
So says Suzanne Buffam in her introduction to the new AList edition of this classic Canlit work.
(And don’t you love the word ‘parentheticals’?)
I’m not sure that I *do* understand what [...]
Please don’t go.
House of Anansi, 2009
Not because it’s poetry.
Just watch this video.
It’s only a minute long.
And know that I’m not a “poetry person”.
So that makes it more inviting, right?
That you don’t need a special gift to watch this?
(Unless you are a “poetry person”, in which case [...]
With lead type and a hand press: that’s how Gaspereau Press originally produced this collection of poems, in the old-fashioned way.
Even the trade edition is the sort of book which makes you want to run your fingers across the page, not simply hold it by the edges, and, yet, simultaneously, it makes you want to [...]
“Reality is for people who can’t handle fiction — and that is mostly everybody.”
Elliot Johnson has been writing screenplays in LA, but he’s been having trouble selling his fictions.
House of Anansi, 2011
That’s Elliot Johnson.
Or Elliot Johnston, or Elliot Jonson: it depends which document you’re looking at.
His identity is in [...]
Suzanne Robertson’s Paramita, Little Black has been nominated for the 2012 Toronto Book Award.
And lucky for me, because I would not have read this slim volume of verse had it not been.
Lucky for me, because it’s another reminder that poetry doesn’t have to be this far-away thing that other people — smarter people [...]
The ReLit shortlist was announced earlier this week, but I’m still reading from the longlist.
Farzana Doctor’s Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn) was also nominated for the Toronto Book Award.
That’s fitting because the setting plays an important role in this story, but much of the drama is interior, unfolding in geography defined by [...]
Today’s bookish chatter: featuring Cornelia Hoogland’s Woods Wolf Girl and two snack-sized servings of Daniel Griffin’s Stopping for Strangers and Tony Burgess’ Idaho Winter.
Wolsak & Wynn, 2011
Cornelia Hoogland’s Woods Wolf Girl is a page-turner of a poetry collection.
Even if you are already familiar with the roots of the Red Hiding Hood tale, told [...]