Planning: 2019’s Reading

2019-01-10T19:14:43+00:00

My read-o-lutions for 2019 are much as they were for the past year: keep on reading on. (2018 was a great reading year!) Except more non-fiction, more poetry, more letters, more graphic novels and comics. More storybooks, writers' biographies and histories. The underlying theme? More. But not necessarily more

Planning: 2019’s Reading 2019-01-10T19:14:43+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Centenary at Jalna (1958)

2018-09-12T11:42:13+00:00

There have been many Christmases in Mazo de la Roche’s novels, too: not quite a hundred, but several. “Ninety-nine Christmases had been celebrated at Jalna. In its first Christmas Philip and Adeline Whiteoak had been young people and their three children infants. Now all those five were in their

Mazo de la Roche’s Centenary at Jalna (1958) 2018-09-12T11:42:13+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Potter” (1977)

2018-12-12T14:53:51+00:00

At first it is surprising. To come across the word ‘defenestration’ in a Mavis Gallant story. Often these are inward-looking stories, detailed and expansive glimpses into the interior lives of quiet – and often solitary – characters. Someone drives too quickly or protests the contents of a sermon, someone

Mavis Gallant’s “Potter” (1977) 2018-12-12T14:53:51+00:00

Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log

2018-12-06T10:42:54+00:00

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall (1947) “It was a mystery story she had got out of the lending library for her father, and she was not fond of mystery stories. Nobody in them ever seems to feel sorry about murders, she had said.” How unfortunate that Lucia is

Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log 2018-12-06T10:42:54+00:00

Thoughts on Reading as a Shadow Giller Jury Member

2018-12-05T16:05:29+00:00

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s not perfect. This whole question of a literary prizelist. A prizelist is going to reflect many different things, from the jurors’ preferences to the prize founders’ or administrators’ networks, from the cultural zeitgeist to the political climate. It is unlikely to reflect any

Thoughts on Reading as a Shadow Giller Jury Member 2018-12-05T16:05:29+00:00