Shadow Giller: Sheila Heti’s Motherhood (2018)

2018-10-18T17:47:19+00:00

As I was saying, my Shadow Giller reviews will appear in a slightly different format: first, In Short, a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal, and, next, In Detail, which will expound upon one aspect of the book which I found remarkable (but which might

Shadow Giller: Sheila Heti’s Motherhood (2018) 2018-10-18T17:47:19+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936)

2018-07-31T13:46:21+00:00

“I dare say old Red-head will be delighted. If there is one thing above another that pleases him it is an addition to the clan.” That’s Renny and, it’s true, his heart beats for Jalna, which is where the Whiteoaks are. But he has standards. He’s not about the

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936) 2018-07-31T13:46:21+00:00

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)

2018-09-19T16:22:11+00:00

I heard Madeleine Thien read from this collection in 2001 in a small library theatre in London, Ontario; I recall that she was very gracious and spoke of being honoured to appear with the other women who were reading that night. (I heard Joan Barfoot, Bonnie Burnard and Jane

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001) 2018-09-19T16:22:11+00:00

Survival of the Funniest

2018-05-29T10:50:19+00:00

Researching Dawn Dumont, to review her most recent collection, Glass Beads, this quote leapt out at me: "If you can laugh then you can survive until the solution arrives." (Room Magazine, interview with Theressa Slind) It's easy to dismiss funny books as light, insubstantial. To call them

Survival of the Funniest 2018-05-29T10:50:19+00:00

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills

2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00

In which pages are turned, at a faster rate than usual. Character-soaked, but still fast-paced storytelling. Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves (2017) is set in a future in which the dominant culture has determined that the blood of indigenous peoples holds an inherent value for healing. Exploitation and genocide ensue. This

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills 2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00