Weekend Sampling: ReLit (Week Five)


You might remember that I've been sampling books from Indie presses that have been shortlisted for this year's ReLit Awards. Not just novels, but short stories, even poetry (which is adventurous for me). For a month of Sundays (at least), I'm Buried in ReLit Print. I Still Don’t Even Know You, Michelle Berry

Weekend Sampling: ReLit (Week Five)2014-03-15T16:03:40-05:00

Canada Reads Indie: Stacey May Fowles


Stacey May Fowles’ Be Good Tightrope Books, 2007 The substance of this passage, from the early pages of Stacey May Fowles’ first novel, could as easily have been pulled from one of Lynn Coady’s stories, or from Darren Greer’s Still Life with June: “Life is a series of painful, tragic,

Canada Reads Indie: Stacey May Fowles2014-03-10T20:23:35-05:00

Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)


Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) Penguin, 1978 She's "goodness made interesting". That's what Irving Howe calls Tess, the main character in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Interesting is one way to put it. Not all of his Victorian readers found it so however. His religious skepticism and his

Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)2014-03-10T19:43:19-05:00

“Rachel, Rachel” (1968) Dir. Paul Newman


"Rachel, Rachel" (1968) Dir. Paul Newman Writers: Margaret Laurence (novel), Stewart Stern (screenplay) Okay, so Joanne Woodward is blonde (and I've always imagined Rachel as being dark-haired). And the funeral home on Japonica Street is a white frame house (as so many lovely old American homes are, although they're more

“Rachel, Rachel” (1968) Dir. Paul Newman2014-03-09T19:45:31-05:00

Joan Barfoot’s Dancing in the Dark (1982)


Joan Barfoot's Dancing in the Dark Macmillan, 1982 (not the image shown) When I re-read Abra earlier this month, I mentioned that it felt both quiet and revolutionary at the same time. The narrator's self-discovery is relayed through the filter of memory, and the bulk of the action is internal,

Joan Barfoot’s Dancing in the Dark (1982)2014-03-09T15:55:22-05:00
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