Maybe and What’s Always Been Done: On Andrea MacPherson’s What We Once Believed (2017)

2017-10-12T14:27:56-05:00

I’ve loved the idea of a character named Maybe since I read Katheen Martin’s novel, Penny Maybe, about a sixteen-year-old girl working out all the possibilities ahead of her. Isn’t it just perfect for a coming-of-age story? And, indeed, in Andrea MacPherson’s novel, Maybe Collins is eleven years old

Maybe and What’s Always Been Done: On Andrea MacPherson’s What We Once Believed (2017)2017-10-12T14:27:56-05:00

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write

2017-10-06T09:57:19-05:00

If you've glanced at the union regulations for Native writers, you'd have seen this one coming: Eden Robinson explains that it's a requirement. "It’s also a union regulation as a Native writer that you have to write a Trickster story at least once." (This is from an interview by

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write2017-10-06T09:57:19-05:00

Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Spawning Grounds (2016)

2017-07-20T17:57:31-05:00

The Boston Globe called her fiction "Pacific Northwest Gothic" and her latest novel, The Spawning Grounds, fits that description well. She made a splash on Canadian readers' stacks since The Cure for Death by Lightning was shortlisted for the Giller Prize (A Recipe for Bees was also nominated for the Giller,

Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Spawning Grounds (2016)2017-07-20T17:57:31-05:00

“Wasn’t my life supposed to be rock and roll?”

2016-07-31T12:23:08-05:00

Rockstar or not, Nicola Harwood's Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired is a bold and absorbing memoir. At times her style is plain and functional, at other times it is poetic and intricate - even captivating, her voice consistently displayed centre-stage. Caitlin Press, 2016 "No such thing as one true love,

“Wasn’t my life supposed to be rock and roll?”2016-07-31T12:23:08-05:00

“What Is Remembered” Alice Munro

2015-02-23T10:24:45-05:00

It's inescapable, this sense of "What Is Remembered" being an alternate version of "Tricks". (If you want to avoid general spoilers, best not to click on that link, for you will intuit the sort of ending which that story has and thus the contrasting tone herein.) Once again, our narrator is reflecting upon

“What Is Remembered” Alice Munro2015-02-23T10:24:45-05:00
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