Leona Theis’ If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (2020)


If you’re the kind of reader who particularly enjoys the idea of stories intersecting and connecting, this one’s for you. If you would have enjoyed Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge just as much if the stories had appeared all jumbled. And, if you loved the film Sliding Doors and the

Leona Theis’ If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (2020)2020-11-27T16:02:55-05:00

Storytellers: Atlantic Canada (2 of 3)


A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much Naomi’s Atlantic Canada reading has impacted the books in my stacks. (Check out her project here, along with pages dedicated to the Halifax Explosion and regional literary awards on Consumed by Ink.) When I reach for another book set in Toronto

Storytellers: Atlantic Canada (2 of 3)2020-10-14T17:13:31-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Shanghai


In January 2020, “Here and Elsewhere” was inspired by my desk calendar, created by a Toronto artist (each month with a quotation from the work of an author associated with this city and printed on 100% recycled paper with VOC-free inks),  Cuz we can be inspired to broaden our

Here and Elsewhere: Shanghai2020-11-17T12:48:55-05:00

How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)


Betty Smith gave simple advice to writers: “First: Be understanding always. Keep the understanding you have and add on to it.” As the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)—a best-selling novel that challenged the myth of poverty as a choice, and allowed low/no-wage characters to demonstrate courage

How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

Lauren Carter’s Prose and Poetry: A Backwards Glance


Here’s the part where I put aside Lauren Carter’s This Has Nothing to Do With You, this passage about Melony Barrett: “I couldn’t have known what would be waiting when I woke up, that I’d spent the night on the rapidly diminishing surface of my childhood, that last patch

Lauren Carter’s Prose and Poetry: A Backwards Glance2020-10-13T16:58:51-05:00
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