Witness: Carol Shields’ Happenstance and The Stone Diaries

2020-12-27T14:27:37-05:00

The call for witnesses in The Stone Diaries resonates throughout Shields’ work: “Life is an endless recruiting of witnesses. It seems we need to be observed in our postures of extravagance or shame, we need attention paid to us. Our own memory is altogether too cherishing, which is the

Witness: Carol Shields’ Happenstance and The Stone Diaries2020-12-27T14:27:37-05:00

Rereading Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988)

2020-12-27T14:27:22-05:00

Rereading Cat’s Eye while rereading Rosemary Sullivan’s biography of Margaret Atwood emphasized the parallels between the narrator’s and author’s childhoods. I was a teenager when I read Cat’s Eye for the first time; I would have had no idea that Elaine’s childhood of lakes and insects was Peggy’s childhood

Rereading Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988)2020-12-27T14:27:22-05:00

Return Trips: Here and Elsewhere

2020-12-27T14:26:34-05:00

Over the year, my #HereandElsewhere project took me to the following places in my reading: Copenhagen, London, Havana, Kyoto, Paris, San Francisco, Marrakech, Mexico City, Rome, Shanghai, Amsterdam and New York City. But even while an ordinary desk-top calendar inspired me to read and watch beyond my usual borders, I was even more acutely aware of

Return Trips: Here and Elsewhere2020-12-27T14:26:34-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: New York City

2020-12-18T16:30:46-05:00

When I was a girl, I walked the streets of New York City with Harriet the Spy. And I revisited it regularly via Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. From a young age, this was a city I recognized on the page, a place that felt real, a

Here and Elsewhere: New York City2020-12-18T16:30:46-05:00

Storytellers: Atlantic Canada (3 of 3)

2020-12-11T14:04:06-05:00

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much Naomi’s Atlantic Canada reading has impacted the books in my stacks. (Check out her project here, along with pages dedicated to the Halifax Explosion and regional literary awards on Consumed by Ink.) I’m also enjoying my Here and Elsewhere project, which

Storytellers: Atlantic Canada (3 of 3)2020-12-11T14:04:06-05:00
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