James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor (2017)

2017-10-06T14:48:34-05:00

Your airway is the width of your smallest finger: you can see how things can go wrong. "Airway first. Breathing next. Medicine is life caring for itself. To me, it's the greatest story." James Maskalyk's story is structured from "A is for Airway" through "XY is for a man"

James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor (2017)2017-10-06T14:48:34-05:00

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

Page-turners and other gripping reads

2020-09-16T15:53:59-05:00

What's interesting about each of these novels is that none fits a traditional model in the suspense genre. Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door is the closest to a conventional thriller. But even her novel spends more time on characterization and atmosphere than many loyal genre readers would tolerate. Nonetheless, she

Page-turners and other gripping reads2020-09-16T15:53:59-05:00

Toronto Book Award 2016

2016-10-11T10:02:16-05:00

This is the award's 42nd anniversary and the prize is announced on the evening of October 11, 2016 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. This year's finalists for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards are Howard Akler's Men of Action (a memoir), Ann Y.K. Choi's Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety (a novel), The

Toronto Book Award 20162016-10-11T10:02:16-05:00

John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)

2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00

Although Middenrammers is set in 1970s England, it is not the England of English literature which Helene Hanff discovered in 84 Charing Cross Road. Freehand Books, 2016 Nonetheless, the hospital which lies at the heart of the story does have a familiar air to it, for narrator and reader

John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00
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