Reading for #WomenInTranslation Month

2018-08-09T11:49:31+00:00

What a fine author with whom to launch Women in Translation month (hosted by Biblibio) one of the few contemporary authors whose work I have followed from the beginning in Sheila Fischman’s translations: Ru (2009; 2012) and Mãn (2013; 2014). Themes from both of her previous novels resurface in Vi, and

Reading for #WomenInTranslation Month 2018-08-09T11:49:31+00:00

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017) 2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections

2017-01-18T10:28:59+00:00

In Susan Hill's Howard's End Is on the Landing, she quotes a friend who says "We read Margaret Drabble to feel the zeitgeist, our daughters read Helen Simpson." (Their daughters' daughters might be reading Janine Alyson Young or Alex Leslie or Rivka Galchen or Eufemia Fantetti.) In the first story

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections 2017-01-18T10:28:59+00:00

Kingdoms of the Dead

2016-06-10T08:40:34+00:00

Lynda Barry says a “happy ending is hardly important, though we may be glad it’s there”. But there’s more to it, she says: “The real joy is knowing that if you felt the trouble in the story, your kingdom isn’t dead.”* Doubleday Canada, 2015 If one reads a

Kingdoms of the Dead 2016-06-10T08:40:34+00:00

Confined: Margaret Atwood and Claudine Dumont

2015-12-17T12:10:19+00:00

“If prison isn’t prison, the outside world has no meaning!” So says Aurora to Charmaine in Margaret Atwood's new novel, The Heart Goes Last. McClelland & Stewart, 2015 (Penguin Random House) It dates back, the CanLit icon's interest in imprisonment, a preoccupation with the idea of lives which

Confined: Margaret Atwood and Claudine Dumont 2015-12-17T12:10:19+00:00