Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)


It's clear from the beginning: one might long for escape from this narrative, might opt for a bloody end rather than endure more misery. House of Anansi, 2016 "No one but a fool could look so happy in a miserable house, could they? The mice here probably throw

Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)2017-07-24T15:23:15-05:00

My Bloody Valentine: On Lawrence Hill’s 2013 Massey Lecture


This year's Massey Lecture text begins with passion and grandiose declarations. "I have had a lifelong obsession with blood, and I'm not the only one. As both substance and symbol, blood reveals us, divides us, and unites us. We care about blood, because it spills literally and figuratively into every

My Bloody Valentine: On Lawrence Hill’s 2013 Massey Lecture2014-07-11T16:29:49-05:00

Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day (2013)


The reader of Wayne Grady's first novel is held in as careful an embrace as the woman in the dancing couple on Emancipation Day's cover. Doubleday Canada - Random House Canada 2013 There is a sense that each word of the story has been chosen deliberately, even without

Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day (2013)2014-05-13T15:39:15-05:00
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