Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean (2019) #ReadtheChange


The library classification data for The Outlaw Ocean suggests categories like Fisheries-Corrupt practices, Travel, Special interest, Adventure, True Crime. All of these seem correct and yet none of them seems right. This is just over 400 pages long – with another hundred pages of notes (sources, readings, digressions)

Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean (2019) #ReadtheChange2020-02-05T17:30:42-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 2016


Only ten this year, so far. Without my Alice Munro project to steer me, I am not reading as many short story collections now. Over the summer, I read Cherie Dimaline's A Gentle Habit (2015) as part of All Lit Up's summer bookclub. Dimaline is a member of the Georgian

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 20162020-12-18T15:59:31-05:00

December 2014: In My Reading Log


Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods (2014) Comprised of five long and two short works, these tales are peopled with losses and lonelinesses. Hues of red, black and white dominate the volume, with other colours used sparingly for contrast. Panel use is unpredictable, with images sometimes boxed but often sprawling and

December 2014: In My Reading Log2021-02-01T10:44:38-05:00

Annabel Lyon’s The Sweet Girl (2012)


Annabel Lyon says that she knew, almost immediately upon beginning to write The Golden Mean, that she would be writing the other half of its story. That was "a very male book...all male characters...about warfare and public life and politics and rationality [and] science, all the things that Aristotle represented".*

Annabel Lyon’s The Sweet Girl (2012)2021-02-01T10:46:38-05:00

The Tea Lords: A Novel of Java


Reading The Tea Lords in close proximity to Lawrence Hill's novel The Book of Negroes raises the question of what stories one prefers to hear told. The Tea Lords chronicles life on an Dutch colonial tea plantation in Java in the 1870s, from the plantation owner's perspective. The Book of

The Tea Lords: A Novel of Java2021-02-01T10:49:50-05:00
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