Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017)

2017-10-25T13:21:19+00:00

The thing with an explosion is that it comes out of nowhere. And that's exactly what happens in Alison Watt's debut novel. Even though I knew that the 1917 event was at the heart of this Halifax story, I was completely absorbed in Clare and Fred's ordinary workday at

Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017) 2017-10-25T13:21:19+00:00

Reading South Sudan: Witnessing

2017-10-06T11:16:41+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 2017-10-06T11:16:41+00:00

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

2017-10-03T12:59:10+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 2017-10-03T12:59:10+00:00

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir

2017-09-14T13:06:34+00:00

A child's experience of war is strangely pure and slanted. The impact is wholly dramatic at times. Its inconsequence just as overwhelming at other times. Sharing his experiences growing up in a French-Vietnamese family in Saigon, between 1961 and 1963, Marcelino Truong's graphic memoir is vibrant and informative. Some

Such a Lovely Little War: A Memoir 2017-09-14T13:06:34+00:00

Wartime, Summertime: Reading A Long Watch

2017-09-07T17:13:06+00:00

It is a privilege to confine one's experience of war to a particular season, to the printed page. That must be said. That is certainly a privilege in this world. Even if it should be a right. This summer I have plucked some of these nelgected stories from the

Wartime, Summertime: Reading A Long Watch 2017-09-07T17:13:06+00:00