Storytellers: Atlantic Canada (2 of 3)

2020-10-14T17:13:31-05:00

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

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

2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

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

May 2019, In My Reading Log

2019-09-25T14:38:37-05:00

A single-sitting read, a summer road-trip, and Sesame Street: good reading. Margriet De Moor’s Sleepless Night (1989; Trans. David Doherty 2019) “Sleepless night succeeded sleepless night – agonized day followed agonized day.” This, from L.M. Montgomery’s 1918 journal, came to mind when I was reading Margriet De Moor’s Sleepless Night

May 2019, In My Reading Log2019-09-25T14:38:37-05:00

Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall Be Entirely Free (2018)

2019-03-26T11:31:53-05:00

Discovering Andrew Miller’s work, at this stage of his career, reminds me of the solid sense of anticipation that I felt upon reading Rupert Thomson’s Secrecy (2013). As authors of 8 and 11 novels respectively, I’m surprised that I hadn’t been tempted to read one of their books until

Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall Be Entirely Free (2018)2019-03-26T11:31:53-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Bonaventure”

2019-03-19T15:46:19-05:00

At first glance, it seems as though who is more – or less – Canadian matters in this story. Because I am Canadian, I latch on to the idea of whether Douglas’ father is more “reticent” than his mother, whether he is “cautious and single-minded”, whether I myself exhibit any

Mavis Gallant’s “Bonaventure”2019-03-19T15:46:19-05:00
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