Marie-Claire Blais, Reading for the #1965Club


If you are reading this post because you are part of the #1965Club, and you haven’t heard of Marie-Claire Blais, you are about to wonder how that can be true. (And if you also haven't heard of #1965Club, please visit Karen's and Simon's sites to learn more.)  Blais has published

Marie-Claire Blais, Reading for the #1965Club2019-04-29T09:17:10-05:00

Miles Franklin Award Winner 1978: Tirra Lirra by the River


"Food and hot tea lift my spirits." So says Nora Porteous, who has returned to her family home in Australia, a “wretched and slothful old woman”. 1978; Penguin Books, 1984 Well, some might think her so. Wretched. Slothful. Old. At least, she muses that it's possible. But Nora works against

Miles Franklin Award Winner 1978: Tirra Lirra by the River2014-03-20T19:54:11-05:00

Sydney Taylor’s Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family (1978)


Sydney Taylor's Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family (1978) Illus. Meryl Rosner This (and the third) volumes of Sydney Taylor's series are stories that I've come to for the first time as an adult reader. Which was fine with the third volume: I think I enjoyed it as much as I would

Sydney Taylor’s Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family (1978)2014-03-14T19:49:48-05:00

Holding My Reader’s Breath


Robert Kroetsch’s What the Crow Said General, 1978. Some students are introduced to Robert Kroetsch in university; his novel Badlands was on my introductory English course, but apparently the professor opted for another work. So I discovered What the Crow Said thanks to a list compiled by Aritha van Herk.

Holding My Reader’s Breath2014-03-10T20:45:53-05:00

Joan Barfoot’s Abra (1978)


Joan Barfoot's Abra McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1978 Edition shown: Women's Press (UK) 1999 The first Joan Barfoot novel that I read was Family News (1989), dating to a time when I only irregularly noted the books that I read in a coilbound exercise book, so I know that I sought out

Joan Barfoot’s Abra (1978)2014-03-09T16:11:01-05:00
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