A Presence Beyond the Page

2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

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 Page 2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads)

2017-10-06T17:25:32+00:00

Do you ever feel the weight of your stack? Many of the books I've been reading have been rigorous and demanding. Commodore Ajith Boyagoda's story of imprisonment in Sri Lanka, Marcelino Truong's memories of coming-of-age in Vietnam between 1961 and 1963, Shirin Ebadi's work for human rights in Iran, Solmaz

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads) 2017-10-06T17:25:32+00:00

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing

2017-10-06T15:03:12+00:00

Each of these books is penned by an indigenous writer, each considers a great loss, each is powerful on its own terms. Together their stories resonate and amplify readers' understanding of a vitally important issue. Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau's novel Winter Child appears to be the simpler tale. One woman's

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing 2017-10-06T15:03:12+00:00

Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck (2016)

2017-09-28T12:05:54+00:00

A Chevy truck, a Thermos of coffee, date squares and bologna sandwiches: I Am a Truck begins with the basics. A fishing trip which, both Agathe and Réjean  know, is not a fishing trip. Both are aware that he is lying, but it's a charade which Agathe is content

Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck (2016) 2017-09-28T12:05:54+00:00

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag

2017-10-03T12:59:10+00:00

In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like Stephen King's It and an omnibus of Shirley Jackson's short works) remain at home. On a late August afternoon, I'm taking the Queen Street streetcar, in the stretch between Beach and Parliament,

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag 2017-10-03T12:59:10+00:00