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 [...]
May tallies something like this: 24 books (including verse, graphic novels, and kidlit), 2 magazines, assorted stories, 2 cookbooks, and a picture book (Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmett Till). (Surely I’m not the only person who has trouble keeping track now that there are notebooks and files to update?)
May’s first post was devoted [...]
Are you still there? If so, many thanks.
It’s been quiet around here; I realized that my database had tripled its allotted storage and was refusing to hold even one more byte sometime in March, and the oh-so-smart-coder-types have only recently gotten things back in working order. Many thanks to these tech-minded folks. The up-side [...]
When I was in high school, I read Fran Arrick’s Steffie Can’t Come Out to Play (1978) more than once.
I even wrote a book report on it in the ninth grade, when the assigned reading included J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet and Robert Westall’s The Machine Gunners. (Wanted: female characters.)
Quite likely this story of [...]
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
“There are definitely faster methods of making a picture, but few more enjoyable in a backwards sort of way.”
The artist was speaking of production, but the artwork is eminently [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]