February 2019, In My Notebook

2019-03-05T17:43:11-05:00

My reading in February has taken me from the U.S.S.R. to Japan, from Austria to Syria. My plan for reading in March has been all about Ireland and Wales. And because I love making lists, I’ve been making plans since January: searching the library catalogue, searching my shelves. (Springsteen fans

February 2019, In My Notebook2019-03-05T17:43:11-05:00

Into September 2018, In My Notebook: The NitGrit of CanLit

2019-04-26T17:01:04-05:00

I've worked in a bookstore twice in my life. Between those jobs, the Giller Prize burst onto the Canadian literary scene, in 1994. So when Bonnie Burnard's Casino and Other Stories and Eliza Clark's What You Need were shortlisted that first year, I was still fresh from the store, still returning weekly

Into September 2018, In My Notebook: The NitGrit of CanLit2019-04-26T17:01:04-05:00

December 2017, In My Notebook

2017-12-07T09:58:16-05:00

This season, I took a break from my reading projects and played with the longlists for some of the Canadian literary prizes. Before I'd quite finished, I started in with the next Mavis Gallant short story collection. Still, I might yet finish the three remaining books. Alternatively, they might wait

December 2017, In My Notebook2017-12-07T09:58:16-05:00

August 2017, In My Notebook

2017-08-31T07:49:47-05:00

As September comes closer, a big part of the reading-me shudders in panic. With the new catalogues and the tempting pitches, the prizelists and the festivals: how to fit in all-the-books. When one's reading plans back in January are still all needy and stuff. Oh, and some of those

August 2017, In My Notebook2017-08-31T07:49:47-05:00

November 2016, In My Notebook (IFOA and near-year-end musings)

2017-12-04T17:33:07-05:00

Back in the summer, I was planning my reading list for this year's International Festival of Authors in Toronto. It always seems like it will be possible to read all the books which are calling to me from the schedule of events and list of participants. And maybe it would be,

November 2016, In My Notebook (IFOA and near-year-end musings)2017-12-04T17:33:07-05:00