Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)

2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

Despite the rather long title, the core idea of this novel is succinct: “Your truth is not more fucking true than my truth.” Megan Gail Coles situates her story around a downtown restaurant in St. John’s Newfoundland. There, a handful of characters, who are navigating the daily grind, present

Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

August 2019, In My Bookbag

2019-09-20T17:02:12-05:00

In which there is talk of the slim stories which have travelled with me within the city. While bulkier volumes stayed home. Like Robertson Davies' Murther and Walking Spirits (1991). And Nazanine Hozar's Aria (2019). These are awkward travelling companions: thick and heavy But some of the skinnies in

August 2019, In My Bookbag2019-09-20T17:02:12-05:00

What Makes Families Tick

2019-03-17T17:28:36-05:00

The family stories in contemporary CanLit are not all that different from the stories and novels read by my grandmother’s generation. The women in my family did not read obsessively, no, but regularly, yes. What else was there to do in the evenings when your favourite show was in reruns

What Makes Families Tick2019-03-17T17:28:36-05:00

On lonely characters (including Felix in Devin Krukoff’s Hummingbird)

2018-12-18T15:50:34-05:00

There are a lot of lonely characters in CanLit: just think about all that snow, how starkly a single shape stands out in relief against the “great northern woods and in the empty places of the earth”. (I’ve recently read Louis Hémon’s snow-soaked 1921 classic, Maria Chapdelaine, translated by

On lonely characters (including Felix in Devin Krukoff’s Hummingbird)2018-12-18T15:50:34-05:00

Carianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You (2018)

2018-11-30T20:48:09-05:00

June is at the heart of this collection of stories; she is the link, the thread of light through a series of dark scenes. She is our guide to the ‘burbs: “The picture perfect suburban dream with the groomed lawns, nine-to-five jobs, 2.5 children kind of places. Domino effect.

Carianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You (2018)2018-11-30T20:48:09-05:00