Autumn Prizelists and Reading Projects


Partly because I am addicted to reading lists and partly because I have discovered many of my favourite writers because their names appeared on various literary prizelists (long or short or eligible), I look forward to this time of year, in hopes of discovering new favourites. ECW Press, 2013

Autumn Prizelists and Reading Projects2015-01-23T13:25:58-05:00

Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? (2012)


It seems perfect. Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be? is not really a novel. And this is not really a review. It's a collection of my collisions with understanding. Opening sentence: "How should a person be?" Subtitle: A Novel from Life Off the page, there is an interview with Shelagh

Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? (2012)2014-10-07T14:54:33-05:00

Nadia Bozak’s Borders


Excerpt from reading journal: Nadia Bozak is the reason that I have copies of the three books in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy on my shelves. Books that I never planned to read, but I came across the idea that the works were somehow connected with her novels Orphan Love and

Nadia Bozak’s Borders2019-10-22T12:23:48-05:00

Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)


When a passage on page two is just breathtakingly powerful, readers’ expectations soar. It seems impossible to imagine reading beyond this passage without stopping to reread, or not reading it aloud to a friend sitting alongside, or not tapping the stranger sitting next to you, pointing and saying “Check this out”.

Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)2014-10-07T15:10:37-05:00

Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (2014)


Excerpt from Reading Journal: Knopf Canada, 2014 Last night I finished reading All My Puny Sorrows, and when I woke up this morning, I was weeping. This doesn’t reveal how the book ended, because I read more than half of it last night, half-skimming the first half that

Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (2014)2014-10-07T15:10:00-05:00
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