Letters Between Canadian Writers


This from Hugh MacLennan to young Marian Engel in 1956: "If I can be of any help to you, don't hesitate to write and tell me so. I'm cynical about theses, having done one myself, but I suppose they are necessary if you can avoid taking them too seriously." University

Letters Between Canadian Writers2014-03-23T08:42:28-05:00

“A Wilderness Station” Alice Munro


What a complicated tale. Though perhaps less so than "Open Secrets" and "The Albanian Virgin", for readers have a much broader sense of understanding what "really happened". The possibility of honest understanding, in this case, settles in the last letter that Annie wrote to Sadie. [NOTE: There are some spoilers

“A Wilderness Station” Alice Munro2014-03-20T21:00:42-05:00

“The Jack Randa Hotel” Alice Munro


Even if you don't subscribe to the digital version of the New Yorker, you can peek at the first two pages of "The Jack Randa Hotel" as it originally appeared in 1993's July 19th glossy pages. 1994; Penguin Modern Classics, 2007 There, readers first met Gail, who "usually

“The Jack Randa Hotel” Alice Munro2014-03-20T21:00:36-05:00

“A Real Life” Alice Munro


Last week, I said that "Carried Away" feels like a quintessential Munro story to me. 1994; Penguin, 2007 Its southwestern Ontario setting. The matters of class. An up-close examination of a blatant tragedy. Some far-away ruminating on trauma of a quieter sort. A woman looking back on a

“A Real Life” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:46:45-05:00

“Carried Away” Alice Munro


Could be that "Carried Away" is my favourite Alice Munro story. 1994; Penguin, 1999 Not only because Louisa is a librarian. (But that certainly helps.) "The Librarian’s desk was in the archway between the front and back rooms. The books were on shelves set in rows in the

“Carried Away” Alice Munro2014-03-31T15:57:28-05:00