David Chariandy’s Brother (2017)

2018-08-14T15:23:22-05:00

Though set further north of the bluffs, David Chariandy's follow-up to his debut Soucouyant is every bit as family-soaked, its losses and sorrows cast against a remarkable and enduring landscape. In Brother, Michael introduces readers to the Rouge Valley, to his mother and to the memory of his brother

David Chariandy’s Brother (2017)2018-08-14T15:23:22-05:00

May 2016, In My Stacks

2018-07-11T14:56:14-05:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

May 2016, In My Stacks2018-07-11T14:56:14-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003)

2017-10-27T09:49:36-05:00

The table of contents is simple but thrilling for me, the book's five chapters all themes and topics of great interest: Books and Islands, Islands, Rock Paintings, Books, and Home. If the other titles in the series (from National Geographic)  are even half of what this volume appears to be,

Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003)2017-10-27T09:49:36-05:00

Telling Stories: Five 2016 Novels

2016-12-13T10:55:34-05:00

It's not all "Reader, I married him" but plenty of contemporary novels are preoccupied by the idea of storytelling, and often one voice does speak to us directly even now. Periscope Books, 2016 In Tabish Khair's Just Another Jihadi Jane, the storyteller's direct address appears regularly and spiritedly.

Telling Stories: Five 2016 Novels2016-12-13T10:55:34-05:00

The intersection between pictures and stories

2015-09-30T13:44:36-05:00

From my discovery of Neil Bantock's Griffin and Sabine books, I have sought out books that play with form. (Even earlier, I fell hard for Anastasia Krupnik's To-Do lists which appeared as handwritten notes on lined paper in Lois Lowry's books.) Recently, Kim Belair's and Ariadne MacGillivray's Pure Steele (2013) struck

The intersection between pictures and stories2015-09-30T13:44:36-05:00