Theresa Kishkan’s Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (2011)


Like Sharon Butala in Perfection of the Morning (1994) and Candace Savage in The Geography of Blood (2012), Theresa Kishkan explores the relationship between landscape and memory. Goose Lane Editions, 2011 The essays in Mnemonic are titled in two ways, first with the Latin name for a tree

Theresa Kishkan’s Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (2011)2020-10-20T09:32:24-05:00

Saving the Owls: Who Knew


Admittedly, I chose There's an Owl in the Shower because I had read Jean Craighead George's classic My Side of the Mountain. I knew of her reputation for including ecological and environmental themes in the stories she has written for children. But when I realized that it had been published in

Saving the Owls: Who Knew2014-03-09T18:39:09-05:00

Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006)


When a novel begins with a tale of the world's origins, readers can expect an expansive tale. 2006; Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2008 When that origins tale shakes convention by the tail, readers can expect the kind of storytelling that sets aside the ordinary and places the extraordinary

Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006)2014-07-11T15:53:29-05:00

“A compelling up close perspective”: Loon


Nearly two weeks ago, author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Karen Reczuch took home the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Loon. This post's title comes from the jury's description of the book, and the cover alone, with its rich, tapestry-like image, declares that this bird

“A compelling up close perspective”: Loon2014-03-20T15:42:21-05:00

Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint (2000)


Ken Wiwa's In the Shadow of a Saint A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy Random House 2000 - Vintage, 2001. As much as this book is about its author Ken Wiwa, as much as it is about his father Ken Saro-Wiwa, as much as it is about fathers

Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint (2000)2014-03-14T20:02:46-05:00
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