Quarterly Stories: Winter 2019

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Borra, Gallant, Gospodinov, Rogers and Tomine Short Stories in October, November and December Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to a favourite writer and also explored four new-to-me story writers. (I've read

Quarterly Stories: Winter 20192020-03-11T13:47:16-05:00

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log

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There’s a shadow over Cherie Dimaline’s latest novel, Empire of Wild (2019). Part of it could appear in a history text: “In the church and at his Catholic day school, the priests called seven the age of reason. Moshom called it the age of learning how the hell to

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log2020-01-29T10:14:48-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Report”

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On an over-cold winter morning, I was travelling northward on the subway, weary and thinking that I might rather sit than read, when I pulled out In Transit and recognized a familiar figure in the first few lines of this story: it’d  been ages since I’d caught a glimpse

Mavis Gallant’s “A Report”2020-01-29T11:37:44-05:00

Winter 2019-2020: In My Bookbag

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In which I discuss the skinny books that slip into my bookbag while the heavier, cumbersome volumes (like Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean and Flannery O’Connor’s letters) stay home. Thirty-eight chapters and under 200 pages: Didier Leclair’s This Country of Mine (2003; Trans. Elaine Kennedy, 2018) issues an

Winter 2019-2020: In My Bookbag2020-03-11T17:29:53-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Vacances Pax” (1966)

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Dedicated short story writers make choices with every sentence. Short stories aren’t novels that ended too soon. They’re not short because there’s a paper shortage or a deadline. Short fiction is short on purpose. So, when a writer like Mavis Gallant chooses her words, it’s a deliberate process. Last

Mavis Gallant’s “Vacances Pax” (1966)2020-01-13T15:42:46-05:00