Countdown: Magie Dominic and Ann-Marie MacDonald


With chapters named for the days of the week in Street Angel and with specific dates in a given week in Adult Onset, these two novels seem to make ideal reading companions. Ultimately, much of literary fiction is preoccupied with time. Whether it is Molly Bloom's day in James Joyce's

Countdown: Magie Dominic and Ann-Marie MacDonald2020-10-22T12:22:08-05:00

Belonging: M.G. Vassanji, Michael Winter and Alan Doyle


It's a familar theme in the Canadian landscape of letters, and it was also the topic of Adrienne Clarkson's recent Massey Lecture. "What does it mean to belong? And how do we belong? Who do we belong to?" These are the central ideas discussed in the series and they are

Belonging: M.G. Vassanji, Michael Winter and Alan Doyle2015-01-26T14:48:15-05:00

Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (2014)


It begins in fog. With Matthew Sweetland hearing voices "so indistinct he thought they might be imaginary". Doubleday Canada, 2014 This scene from the past alerts readers that they should be concerned with the line between the real and the invented, and even more to the point, with how

Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (2014)2015-01-07T13:41:17-05:00

Lisa Moore’s Caught (2013/2014)


Lisa Moore has pulled from the headlines to create fiction before, and this is not the first time she has pulled readers into painful territory by the heart. Grove Press, 2014 "I learned to graft bits and pieces of true-life experiences together to form fiction. I learned not

Lisa Moore’s Caught (2013/2014)2014-05-13T15:41:52-05:00

Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio (2013)


Readers familiar with Michael Winter's fiction will immediately recognize the contrast between stark prose and emotional intensity; in the gap between, the reader resides. For it's not as though Henry Hayward does not feel, but it's as though he has raised a hand to protect himself from the heat of

Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio (2013)2014-05-13T14:37:40-05:00
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