Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club

2017-10-30T08:13:14+00:00

If Marian Engel had not died mid-career, her name might have been as well known today as Margaret Atwood's today. Instead her name graces an award granted to a Canadian female writer mid-career by the Writers' Trust. A variety of forms, a strong feminist voice, challenging female characters, a fascination

Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club 2017-10-30T08:13:14+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954)

2017-10-27T09:48:07+00:00

It's no secret that Mazo de la Roche loved to read. So, we have sassy young Adeline pulling out a book on the ship which takes her from Ireland to the wilds of what-would-soon-be-Canada. There's at least one literary reference in each of the volumes, and sometimes these are endowed with

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954) 2017-10-27T09:48:07+00:00

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing

2017-10-06T15:03:12+00:00

Each of these books is penned by an indigenous writer, each considers a great loss, each is powerful on its own terms. Together their stories resonate and amplify readers' understanding of a vitally important issue. Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau's novel Winter Child appears to be the simpler tale. One woman's

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing 2017-10-06T15:03:12+00:00

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017)

2017-10-24T10:54:35+00:00

To begin with, young Laura is rushed into packing her things into plastic bags. Just a few pages later, Sylvie is thrust into "double-time walking" with her mom. Either of these girls could be the "in-motion" girl on the cover of Catherine Hernandez's Scarborough. But they are only two

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017) 2017-10-24T10:54:35+00:00

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017)

2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00

Readers meet a woman up in the air. Literally. She is flying to Athens, where she will teach a course in creative writing. This is Outline. Perhaps partly because she could instruct in the art of outlining, demonstrate for her students the art of constructing a framework on which

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017) 2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00