Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills


In which pages are turned, at a faster rate than usual. Character-soaked, but still fast-paced storytelling. Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves (2017) is set in a future in which the dominant culture has determined that the blood of indigenous peoples holds an inherent value for healing. Exploitation and genocide ensue. This

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills2017-12-12T12:09:52-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Cost of Living”


It begins in darkness. South side of the Luxembourg Gardens "Louise, my sister, talked to Sylvie Laval for the first time on the stairs of our hotel on a winter afternoon. At five o’clock the skylight over the stairway and the blank, black windows on each of the

Mavis Gallant’s “The Cost of Living”2017-08-11T13:53:25-05:00

Reading Trio: Native North


For last year's Canadian book challenge, I chose to read on a theme: indigenous authors, inspired by some past favourites. But I neglected the northern natives. This reading trio will serve as a bridge into this year's Canadian book challenge. And, hey, it's not too late to join! The Shanawdithit spread

Reading Trio: Native North2017-07-24T12:11:12-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “One Morning in June” (1952)


In another collection, this story is called "One Morning in May", and I wonder if anyone thought about renaming it "The Other Menton". For as surely as the title story takes a young woman's expectations of Paris and examines how they conflict with her real experience of the city, this

Mavis Gallant’s “One Morning in June” (1952)2017-07-24T15:01:37-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954)


This feels like a quintessential Mavis Gallant story: expectations and disappointments swirling around a young girl's form, as she begins to assemble a set of truths about the world. The town in "Wing's Chips" would never make it onto a postcard of Valley-living(Click for source details) Although the setting appears

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954)2017-03-26T12:01:48-05:00