Here and Elsewhere: Amsterdam


When I was a girl, I was obsessed with The Diary of Anne Frank. I reread the first half of it so many times that that part of the spine sheds specks of paper; a couple of years ago, I finally finished reading. Because I knew how it ended,

Here and Elsewhere: Amsterdam2020-12-01T12:01:48-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2020


Aleichem, Gallant, Gardam, Keret, and Mutonji Short Stories in January, February and March Whether in a borrowed collection or from my own shelves, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to two favourite writers and also explored three new-to-me story writers.

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20202020-03-25T11:20:39-05:00

Reading for #1944Club: Gwethalyn Graham’s Earth and High Heaven


In 1944, Canada was dealing with the Conscription Crisis, a military and political crisis following the forced military service for men in Canada during WWII. The Prime Minister was William Lyon Mackenzie King and King George VI was on the English throne. Tommy Douglas, leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth

Reading for #1944Club: Gwethalyn Graham’s Earth and High Heaven2018-10-17T17:22:46-05:00

Reading City Streets


Yes, I am that person who has a WWJJD magnet on the fridge: What Would Jane Jacobs Do? So of course, when I learned of Susan Hughes’ new illustrated children’s book about Jacobs, Walking in the City (Illus. Valérie Boivin, 2018), I sought out a copy. The bulk of

Reading City Streets2018-10-04T13:45:42-05:00

Reasons to read Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates (2016)


For a love of birds with wings, especially parrots. "But what did happen to Adam and Eve? Did they hollow out the Tree of Knowledge, make a canoe and then paddle east to Europe? Fnyeh. Not these Heyerdahls. But, if there ever were an Adam and Eve, who knows where they

Reasons to read Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates (2016)2017-07-20T17:43:35-05:00
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