Dear Reader: What’s Told? Or, the Telling of It?


In my recent reading, it’s been as much about how the story is told as it’s been about the story itself. This certainly isn’t a new idea—these examples span three decades—but sometimes the phenomenon is more prevalent in my stacks. Maybe you’ve read some of these, or maybe

Dear Reader: What’s Told? Or, the Telling of It?2020-05-15T15:05:12-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Captive Niece” (1968)


As this collection nears its end (the next story is its last), I find myself thinking more about the concept of being “in transit”. About how we often meet the characters in this story when they are at their most rooted. But how the title of the collection allows

Mavis Gallant’s “The Captive Niece” (1968)2020-02-05T15:24:29-05:00

Dreams and Nightmares: the Long and Short of It


Yesterday, I chatted about one of my favourites from this year’s Giller Prize longlist. Tomorrow, I’ll be chatting about the most talked-about from this year’s longlist, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, as part of #MARM Margaret Atwood Reading Month. So, today, the other books on the longlist, the ones I

Dreams and Nightmares: the Long and Short of It2020-03-11T17:04:18-05:00

Beyond I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)


The first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography begins with Marguerite arriving in Stamps, Arkansas, at three years old, with her brother, Bailey, one year older, in the care of Miss. Annie Henderson, their grandmother ("Momma"). It moves from the store to the churchyard, from hymn-singing to beatings. It crosses time and space fluidly.

Beyond I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)2018-03-22T11:23:49-05:00

In My Reading Log, December 2016


Once again, my idea of reading more non-fiction this year didn't materialize. During Non-Fiction November, so many people were actually reading books that I have been meaning to read but I picked up a novel or collection instead. Nonetheless, I've squeezed in a few. Julia Shaw's The Memory Illusion (2016) Memory

In My Reading Log, December 20162019-03-20T14:34:48-05:00
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