Mavis Gallant’s “April Fish” (1968)

2020-01-29T10:49:53-05:00

In the previous story, we have Harold’s mother reminiscing about her earlier trips to the mountains, when it was just her and her husband, Harold’s father. She observes that it was one thing to think of skiing down the slopes into town when she was a young woman; now

Mavis Gallant’s “April Fish” (1968)2020-01-29T10:49:53-05:00

What Makes Families Tick

2019-03-17T17:28:36-05:00

The family stories in contemporary CanLit are not all that different from the stories and novels read by my grandmother’s generation. The women in my family did not read obsessively, no, but regularly, yes. What else was there to do in the evenings when your favourite show was in reruns

What Makes Families Tick2019-03-17T17:28:36-05:00

A Presence Beyond the Page

2020-07-22T09:56:03-05:00

Sometimes the body count in my reading is high. Of late, the un-body count has been rising. I noticed the presence in W. G. Sebald, when I began reading Austerlitz (2001; Translated from the German, 2011) earlier this year. In the photographs which accompany his narrative, there are no

A Presence Beyond the Page2020-07-22T09:56:03-05:00

Ian Colford’s Perfect World (2016)

2017-07-24T14:49:24-05:00

Ian Colford's work has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, and his first published work was a collection of stories. It's no surprise that he can write succinctly and put a short form to work. Freehand Books, 2016 In 2012, he published his first novel, The Crimes of Hector

Ian Colford’s Perfect World (2016)2017-07-24T14:49:24-05:00

Summer Reading To-Do List for Sunny Days (2 of 4)

2020-03-31T12:14:55-05:00

Such good reading this summer, so far. In other respects, perhaps mine has not been the most productive summer. But it all depends what one puts on a to-do list, doesn't it! What if your to-do list was all about the books in your stacks? Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Summer Reading To-Do List for Sunny Days (2 of 4)2020-03-31T12:14:55-05:00
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