Mavis Gallant’s Dédé

2020-05-01T10:55:45-05:00

Some of the stories NOT told in Mavis Gallant’s Dédé, a story named for Sylvie’s younger brother, Amedée: We don’t catch even a glimpse of the time in which “the future Mme Brouet was studying to be an analyst of handwriting, with employment to follow – so she [Sylvie]

Mavis Gallant’s Dédé2020-05-01T10:55:45-05:00

An Act of Homage: Rereading Wayson Choy

2020-04-30T09:08:45-05:00

Rereading Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony (1995) is a blatant act of homage. When I first heard Choy read from his work, he was promoting his memoir Paper Shadows (1999) at a Pride event. He was reading with Marnie Woodrow and Sky Gilbert: one, a curly-haired slightly messy young

An Act of Homage: Rereading Wayson Choy2020-04-30T09:08:45-05:00

Shadow Giller: Alix Ohlin’s Dual Citizens (2019)

2019-10-22T14:45:47-05:00

Readers of Alix Ohlin’s fiction will not be surprised to find an introspective narrator in her second novel (following Inside, which was also longlisted for the Giller Prize). But what’s remarkable about Dual Citizens is how simultaneously intimate and distanced the narrative is. Readers feel like they are privy

Shadow Giller: Alix Ohlin’s Dual Citizens (2019)2019-10-22T14:45:47-05:00

Shadow Giller: Michael Crummey’s The Innocents (2019)

2019-10-21T13:49:20-05:00

In the generation before my own, Newfoundland became a province in the nation currently called Canada. It’s about 3,000 km away from me, but it feels like a world apart. For me, as a reader, Michael Crummey’s The Innocents (2019) makes it seem both farther away and closer. Historical

Shadow Giller: Michael Crummey’s The Innocents (2019)2019-10-21T13:49:20-05:00

Québecois Reads: Sealing the Deal

2019-05-27T18:57:14-05:00

The title of Pasha Malla’s 2015 article in The New Yorker’s Page-Turner says it all: “Too Different and Too Familiar: The Challenge of French-Canadian Literature.” Because it is a challenge to locate French-Canadian literature within the landscape of Canadian Literature, even for those of us who devote a significant

Québecois Reads: Sealing the Deal2019-05-27T18:57:14-05:00