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

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017

2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

My reading year began with Marina Endicott's New Year's Eve (2011), written with literacy front-of-mind; its vocabulary, structure and tone are meant to ease the passage for readers with varying degrees of ease reading in English. It begins simply: "The snow started before we left home." Despite its brevity ,

In My Bookbag, Winter 2017 2017-07-24T15:24:45+00:00

February 2016, In My Stacks

2016-05-27T13:10:54+00:00

It's a bright sunny day, when I snap this photo. I'm even more optimistic when I think of a month's reading, when the sun shines. More hours with good reading light. And, in February. What could be better. You can see the sheen of it in the image, the veil

February 2016, In My Stacks 2016-05-27T13:10:54+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014

2014-05-22T11:45:27+00:00

In collection reading, since Quarterly Stories: Winter 2013 I've read Susie Moloney's Things Withered, the latest installment of the Alice Munro reading project, B.J. Novak's One More Thing, and the most recent volume of Journey Prize stories.  But mostly I've been dipping into single stories in recent months. Partly this was inspired by random samplings of the latest ReLit

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014 2014-05-22T11:45:27+00:00

Mary Lawson’s Road Ends (2013)

2014-06-26T14:46:10+00:00

You might think Struan is an unlikely setting for a novel. A town you can walk through in under ten minutes (even on slippery wintry surfaces). Knopf Canada, 2013 "Walking from one end of Struan to the other takes less than ten minutes. If you kept walking south

Mary Lawson’s Road Ends (2013) 2014-06-26T14:46:10+00:00