Mavis Gallant’s “The Accident” (1967)

2018-08-14T18:29:52+00:00

It’s as if Billy, from “The End of the World”, had heard the tragic story of Shirley and Pete Higgins and used it to justify his reluctance to leave Canada. Unlike Billy, Shirley and Pete were thrilled to honeymoon in Europe, thrilled by all the ordinary things made extraordinary

Mavis Gallant’s “The Accident” (1967) 2018-08-14T18:29:52+00:00

Reading for #WomenInTranslation Month

2018-08-09T11:49:31+00:00

What a fine author with whom to launch Women in Translation month (hosted by Biblibio) one of the few contemporary authors whose work I have followed from the beginning in Sheila Fischman’s translations: Ru (2009; 2012) and Mãn (2013; 2014). Themes from both of her previous novels resurface in Vi, and

Reading for #WomenInTranslation Month 2018-08-09T11:49:31+00:00

Thomas King’s Coyote Stories

2018-07-23T18:33:23+00:00

I was just mentioning Coyote stories a couple of months ago, in my Spring Quarterly round-up of short fiction. But these illustrated coyote stories are inviting for both younger and older readers. Two of the tales are illustrated by Johnny Wales, full-sized and full-colour (and mostly double-spread) illustrations,

Thomas King’s Coyote Stories 2018-07-23T18:33:23+00:00

French-Canadian Authors for the 12th Canadian Book Challenge

2018-07-26T14:13:09+00:00

There are about 800 discussions of books by Canadian writers on BIP, about half the books discussed here, but far more by English-Canadian than French-Canadian writers. For the 12th Canadian Book Challenge, I will be reading in translation. But which books? Which French-Canadian writers? In a previous year (the

French-Canadian Authors for the 12th Canadian Book Challenge 2018-07-26T14:13:09+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna (1927)

2018-07-10T18:20:06+00:00

This post is published to coincide with the anniversary of the author’s death. She died in her home in Toronto on July 12, 1961, where she had written the final Jalna book, Centenary at Jalna. Even though I deliberately chose a story-order reading, over a publication-order

Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna (1927) 2018-07-10T18:20:06+00:00