Shadow Giller: Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (2018)

2019-05-11T19:51:26-05:00

In Short presents a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail focuses on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable, which might interest those who have already read the book or those with an interest in the mechanics of writing; In Other

Shadow Giller: Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (2018)2019-05-11T19:51:26-05:00

New Homes, Other Homes: Emigration and Immigration

2018-05-30T16:18:40-05:00

There are many amazing stories about moving from somewhere to elsewhere, about the process of elsewhere becoming somewhere. Take Rabindranath Maharaj's The Amazing Absorbing Boy - literally, amazing. It's right there on the cover. It's a real favourite of mine, in which seventeen-year-old Samuel reads comic books in Trinidad to

New Homes, Other Homes: Emigration and Immigration2018-05-30T16:18:40-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” (1963)

2017-08-08T13:54:19-05:00

Reading this story might change your reading life forever. That's what happened to Peter Orner, whose essay on Mavis Gallant's stories is mesmerizing: "The Way Vivid, Way Underappreciated Short Stories of Mavis Gallant", published in The Atlantic's "By Heart" series. "The first story I read is called 'The Ice Wagon

Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” (1963)2017-08-08T13:54:19-05:00

May 2016, In My Stacks

2018-07-11T14:56:14-05:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

May 2016, In My Stacks2018-07-11T14:56:14-05:00

Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’Arabe (2014)

2017-07-24T15:11:50-05:00

Weeks after reading these stories, a glance at the table of contents brings back their characters and arcs in a moment. (With "Flower Watching" and "Eskimos" I also required the aid of the characters' names I'd noted.) These stories stood out, not only as independent narratives but, simultaneously, for the

Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’Arabe (2014)2017-07-24T15:11:50-05:00