January 2018, In My Bookbag


In which there is talk of the slim stories which have travelled with me within the city, while bulkier volumes stayed home. Charles Dickens' Bleak House and John Ajvide Lindqvist's Harbor (Translated by Marlaine Delargy) are awkward travelling companions. As are some of the skinnies in my current stack,

January 2018, In My Bookbag2018-01-25T17:17:13-05:00

November 2016, In My Bookbag


In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes which have kept me company while on the move, while heavier volumes (like Steven Price's By Gaslight and Ami McKay's The Witches of New York) stayed home. The Selected Poetry of Ryszard Kapuściński is the first in the International Translation Series

November 2016, In My Bookbag2017-07-24T14:30:45-05:00

Michelle Butler Hallett’s This Marlowe (2016)


Christopher Marlowe's story begins and ends with a brawl, in the hands of Michelle Butler Hallett. Goose Lane Editions, 2016 This Marlowe focuses on the final months of the playwright's life, with his death registered as May 30, 1593. His patron, Thomas Walsingham, openly supported his plays and verses,

Michelle Butler Hallett’s This Marlowe (2016)2016-06-02T14:26:54-05:00

On Two Pieces by Tomson Highway


"I've always conceived of language as music," says Tomson Highway: musician, playwright, novelist. "I play Chopin still, but in Cree," he continues. Then, more than a decade later, it is as though he continues this conversation, in A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance. This slim volume is subtitled on "Imagining Multilingualism", which

On Two Pieces by Tomson Highway2020-10-20T09:29:53-05:00

Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross (2015)


Ins Choi's play, Kim's Convenience is already on my list of favourite reads for this year. House of Anansi, 2015 I know, I know, it's only August, but I am certain already (because it literally made me laugh out loud several times and then it made me cry). It

Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross (2015)2017-07-24T15:24:53-05:00
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