In My Stacks: Early 2021

2021-03-01T18:13:28-05:00

Many of the books in my February reading stack also fit with the celebration of independent publishers #ReadIndies hosted by Kaggsy and Lizzy this month: Archipelago Books, QC Fiction, Nimbus Books, Tin House, Duke University Press, and Allery Editions (links below). Later this month, I’ll chat more about independent publications

In My Stacks: Early 20212021-03-01T18:13:28-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech

2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

When I invited my desk calendar to influence my reading plans, I was hoping to explore a city like this. Previously I could not have named a single Moroccan author—now there are several on my TBR list—and from the moment my research began, my starting point was clear. Tahar

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)

2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

I heard Madeleine Thien read from this collection in 2001 in a small library theatre in London, Ontario; I recall that she was very gracious and spoke of being honoured to appear with the other women who were reading that night. (I heard Joan Barfoot, Bonnie Burnard and Jane

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

A Presence Beyond the Page

2020-07-22T09:56:03-05:00

Sometimes the body count in my reading is high. Of late, the un-body count has been rising. I noticed the presence in W. G. Sebald, when I began reading Austerlitz (2001; Translated from the German, 2011) earlier this year. In the photographs which accompany his narrative, there are no

A Presence Beyond the Page2020-07-22T09:56:03-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 2017

2017-10-03T12:38:20-05:00

Alongside the most recent Mavis Gallant collection, I've been reading a variety of short stories, including a collection of African writers, Opening Spaces, edited by Yvonne Vera. The collection dates to 1999 and includes both well-known and emerging writers: The Girl Who Can - Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana) Deciduous Gazettes

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 20172017-10-03T12:38:20-05:00
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