Winter 2020: In My Reading Log

2020-01-29T10:14:48-05:00

There’s a shadow over Cherie Dimaline’s latest novel, Empire of Wild (2019). Part of it could appear in a history text: “In the church and at his Catholic day school, the priests called seven the age of reason. Moshom called it the age of learning how the hell to

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log2020-01-29T10:14:48-05:00

Winter 2019-2020: In My Bookbag

2020-03-11T17:29:53-05:00

In which I discuss the skinny books that slip into my bookbag while the heavier, cumbersome volumes (like Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean and Flannery O’Connor’s letters) stay home. Thirty-eight chapters and under 200 pages: Didier Leclair’s This Country of Mine (2003; Trans. Elaine Kennedy, 2018) issues an

Winter 2019-2020: In My Bookbag2020-03-11T17:29:53-05:00

Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)

2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

Despite the rather long title, the core idea of this novel is succinct: “Your truth is not more fucking true than my truth.” Megan Gail Coles situates her story around a downtown restaurant in St. John’s Newfoundland. There, a handful of characters, who are navigating the daily grind, present

Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

Summer 2019, In My Reading Log

2019-08-27T13:41:48-05:00

In Iris Murdoch’s Henry and Cato (1976), Henry Marshalson inherits the family estate when his brother Sandy dies. Henry returns to the home where his mother Gerda still lives, with her kinda-sycophantic admirer, Lucius. Cato lives nearby. So does Colette. Stephanie does not, but, because of her pre-existing

Summer 2019, In My Reading Log2019-08-27T13:41:48-05:00

Thirteen Canadian Books via The Book Mine Set

2019-06-28T15:31:09-05:00

The Canadian Book Challenge was one of the first community reading events/challenges that I joined online. For ten years it was hosted by The Book Mine Set, then The Indextrious Reader hosted for the past two years and, now, the baton has been passed to Canadian Bookworm, who will

Thirteen Canadian Books via The Book Mine Set2019-06-28T15:31:09-05:00