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


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

April 2016, In My Notebook


What series are you serious about these days? There are five volumes from five different series in my current stack: Angela Thirkell's The Demon in the House, Kelley Armstrong's Personal Demon, Sue Grafton's B is for Burglar, L. Frank Baum's Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and Madeleine L'Engle's Many

April 2016, In My Notebook2016-04-22T08:26:07-05:00

February 2016, In My Notebook


In the ninth grade we read Winston Rawlings' Where the Red Fern Grows. It didn't seem strange to read an animal story in school; I'd read the Thornton Burgess books and Allison Uttley tales growing up and this was just a longer version of Robert Lawson's stories. Some kids are still

February 2016, In My Notebook2017-07-24T14:50:04-05:00

August 2014, In My Notebook


I’ve been reading so fiercely this summer, that my notebook was sadly neglected, in favour of backs of envelopes, sticky-notes, and receipts. It was actually back in June that I scribbled down this quote from Phyllis Theroux’s The Journal Keeper (2010), which I was inspired to pick up because I

August 2014, In My Notebook2014-08-15T15:06:23-05:00

May 2014, In My Notebook


At the beginning of the month, I made a note to gather the last of Susin Nielsen's books. Because I absolutely loved Word Nerd (2008) and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (2012). Tundra Books, 2008 Not realizing that the characters overlap, I started with the most recent

May 2014, In My Notebook2014-05-23T09:03:14-05:00