Mini Update Sticky Post: October 23, 2019

I’m reading Julia Wang’s short stories, Home Remedies. And rereading Richard van Camp’s short stories, to see how some of his earlier work connects with his most recent collection, Moccasin Square Gardens.

Off my own shelves, I’m still reading Charles Palliser’s The Quincunx and am halfway into Becky Chambers’ third novel Record of a Spaceborn Few. And I’ve just finished an ARC of Cuban writer Teresa Dovalpage’s new mystery, Queen of Bones.

And, also, it’s CanLit-prizelist season. So I’ve read nine of the Giller-longlisted titles (five of the shortlisted ones – of course you already know how much I loved Ian Williams’ Reproductionand am picking through some of the other lists (like the Butala collection, stories written in response to some of her favourite classic short stories and also featuring older women as their protagonists). I’m also using the shortlisting of Steven Price’s Lampedusa to finally read The Leopard. In a year short of classics, this is proving to be good experience!

This summer, I also read a bunch of books that my late friend Barbara recommended to me over the years, which I wrote about in a series of letters, linked to this post.

So many books to talk about! Including what’s currently in my bookbag, notebook, stacks and reading log.

Also, I’m still reading Mavis Gallant, one story at a time. (Which began anew on October 22nd: In Transit.) There are two full collections after this one: join in, if you wish.

How about you: what are you reading these days, and what are you looking forward to reading soon?

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