Canada Reads Indie: Darren Greer


Darren Greer’s Still Life with June Cormorant Books Inc, 2003 His phone number is unlisted and he always, always uses a pseudonym; when he rhymes those aliases off, one of them is Darren Greer. So straight off, reading Darren’s Greer’s novel, Still Life with June, readers know that they will

Canada Reads Indie: Darren Greer2014-03-10T20:41:42-05:00

Canada Reads Indie: Thomas King


Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water Harper-Flamingo, 1999 Truth is the railroad town on one side of the river, in the United States; Bright Water is the reserve on the other side of the river, in Canada. Once there had been a plan to build a bridge, but something went

Canada Reads Indie: Thomas King2014-03-10T20:32:28-05:00

Canada Reads Indie: Mavis Gallant


Mavis Gallant’s Home Truths Gage-Macmillan, 1981. I discovered Mavis Gallant’s stories when I was nearly twenty. I was working in a bookstore and there was a fresh display of New Canadian Library mass-market pocketbooks. (It was the same display that got me reading Alice Munro, but that, too, took some

Canada Reads Indie: Mavis Gallant2014-03-10T20:29:40-05:00

Canada Reads Indie: Stacey May Fowles


Stacey May Fowles’ Be Good Tightrope Books, 2007 The substance of this passage, from the early pages of Stacey May Fowles’ first novel, could as easily have been pulled from one of Lynn Coady’s stories, or from Darren Greer’s Still Life with June: “Life is a series of painful, tragic,

Canada Reads Indie: Stacey May Fowles2014-03-10T20:23:35-05:00

Canada Reads Indie: Lynn Coady


Lynn Coady’s Play the Monster Blind Doubleday-Random House, 2000 Worthlessness. Disappointment. Boredom. Hellishness. Despair. The eleven stories in Lynn Coady’s debut collection (which followed her astonishingly successful debut novel Strange Heaven) are not for the faint-of-heart. Worthlessness, from “A Great Man’s Passing” “It was her fault because she had done

Canada Reads Indie: Lynn Coady2014-03-10T20:18:45-05:00
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