How many clever readers does it take to make a “great” book?


Image links to Pickle Me This, home of the Challenge I read Ray Smith’s Century (1986) for Canada Reads Independently, but I’m going to draw from previous Canada Reads’ Un-Independently lists for these comparisons: Century is like Aquin’s Next Episode, like Cohen’s Beautiful Losers. You see what I

How many clever readers does it take to make a “great” book?2014-02-27T17:25:20-05:00

Making excuses to read good writers


Dorothy West’s The Wedding VMC No. 431 (1995) I’ve been moving through time on Thursdays in Black History Month, from the mid-19th-Century in Hannah Crafts’ The Bondwoman’s Narrative, through Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine, through the 1950’s in Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones, and now to the Oval area

Making excuses to read good writers2014-02-27T17:24:58-05:00

Kim Echlin presents Elizabeth Smart


Kim Echlin's Elizabeth Smart: A Fugue on Women and Creativity (2004) When I included Elizabeth Smart on my list of reading for Women Unbound, I was sure that she belonged. Then, when I started into the reading in earnest, I wasn't sure; she seemed decidedly bound by her relationship with

Kim Echlin presents Elizabeth Smart2014-02-27T17:14:33-05:00

About Ethel Wilson


Desmond Pacey's Ethel Wilson (1967) After finishing the delightful novel, The Innocent Traveller,  I found myself wanting to know a little more about the woman who penned it. And, as some of you out there have also been bitten by the Ethel Wilson bug, I'll share some bits and pieces

About Ethel Wilson2014-02-27T17:11:47-05:00

A Young Reader, Scarred


Robert C. O'Brien's Z for Zachariah (1975) When my copy of Z for Zachariah came through on library loan, I was a bit disappointed: it was a relatively new paperback and the cover wasn't anywhere near as disturbing as I remember the cover of the edition that I read as

A Young Reader, Scarred2014-02-27T17:05:36-05:00
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