Louise Erdrich’s The Bingo Palace (1994)

2018-06-12T18:04:44-05:00

Although it played a vital role in establishing the author’s reputation for story-crafting, The Bingo Palace feels like a single dish, served without accompaniments, on what has become, in the years since, a rich and varied menu. The emphasis on story-telling was there in the beginning, however, in a

Louise Erdrich’s The Bingo Palace (1994)2018-06-12T18:04:44-05:00

August 2016, In My Bookbag

2020-10-22T12:21:51-05:00

In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes, which have nestled into my bookbag. (Meanwhile longer works, like Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber and Greg Iles’ The Bone Tree, were left at home.) Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Best Shot in the West tells the story of Nat Love, who was born into

August 2016, In My Bookbag2020-10-22T12:21:51-05:00

October 2015, In My Reading Log

2017-07-24T14:58:14-05:00

I pulled André Alexis' Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa (1994) off my shelf when Fifteen Dogs was nominated for the Toronto Book Award (since then, FD has also been nominated for the Giller Prize and the Rogers' Writers' Trust Fiction Award). There aren't any notable four-legged characters, but the collection is fascinating.

October 2015, In My Reading Log2017-07-24T14:58:14-05:00

December 2014: In My Reading Log

2017-07-24T15:12:00-05:00

Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods (2014) Comprised of five long and two short works, these tales are peopled with losses and lonelinesses. Hues of red, black and white dominate the volume, with other colours used sparingly for contrast. Panel use is unpredictable, with images sometimes boxed but often sprawling and

December 2014: In My Reading Log2017-07-24T15:12:00-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014

2020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00

In collection reading, since Quarterly Stories: Winter 2013 I've read Susie Moloney's Things Withered, the latest installment of the Alice Munro reading project, B.J. Novak's One More Thing, and the most recent volume of Journey Prize stories.  But mostly I've been dipping into single stories in recent months. Partly this was inspired by random samplings of the latest ReLit

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20142020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00
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