Survival of the Funniest

2018-05-16T10:24:54+00:00

Researching Dawn Dumont, to review of her most recent collection, Glass Beads, this quote leapt out at me: "If you can laugh then you can survive until the solution arrives." (Room Magazine, interview with Theressa Slind) It's easy to dismiss funny books as light, insubstantial. To call

Survival of the Funniest 2018-05-16T10:24:54+00:00

On Being Married – Happily and Unhappily – and Reading Around

2017-10-30T11:30:28+00:00

Sarah Dunn's new novel, The Arrangement takes Owen and Lucy, who are imagining themselves unhappily married in the future, and encourages them to sleep around. The idea comes to the happily married couple via a conversation at a dinner party, which is also how Sarah Dunn came upon the idea

On Being Married – Happily and Unhappily – and Reading Around 2017-10-30T11:30:28+00:00

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write

2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

If you've glanced at the union regulations for Native writers, you'd have seen this one coming: Eden Robinson explains that it's a requirement. "It’s also a union regulation as a Native writer that you have to write a Trickster story at least once." (This is from an interview by

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write 2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

Margaret Millar’s A Stranger in My Grave (1960)

2017-05-23T16:24:06+00:00

Here, the figurative language of Millar's 1950s novels (like Vanish in an Instant and  Wives and Lovers) is replaced by a cleaner style which often focuses on extremes. "But Fielding’s pity, like his love and even his hate, was a variable thing, subject to changes in the weather, melting in

Margaret Millar’s A Stranger in My Grave (1960) 2017-05-23T16:24:06+00:00

The Promise Falls Trilogy

2017-01-06T11:04:07+00:00

Promise Falls has a history. You might not think so, but it matters. “Are we too insignificant up here: A couple of hours away from New York? Is that what we’re foolish enough to think? Let me tell you something, my friend. You want to strike fear into the hearts

The Promise Falls Trilogy 2017-01-06T11:04:07+00:00