Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions

2018-06-21T08:10:25+00:00

This bundle of books, with the Canadian Reading Challenge in mind (this, the eleventh year, hosted by The Indextrious Reader, with sign-ups for the twelfth year now posted), was particularly delectable. I love the idea of telling the story of a life in a way that feels true, whether

Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions 2018-06-21T08:10:25+00:00

Carol Shields’ The Box Garden (1977)

2018-04-18T07:56:10+00:00

Event hosted by Kaggsy's Ramblings Stuck in a Book #1977Club So much good women's fiction from 1977, from Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls to Marilyn French's The Women's Room. But I reread Carol Shields' Unless last year and I wanted to reread another of hers. Enter, The

Carol Shields’ The Box Garden (1977) 2018-04-18T07:56:10+00:00

Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Spiral (2017)

2017-11-09T08:13:20+00:00

Whether or not it's 50%, there is a part of Michael Redhill who is Inger Ash Wolfe; he has published four mysteries using this pseudonym. And, so, there is certainly some Michael Redhill, in Hazel Micallef, too. Hazel being the heroine of that series. But she's a character, you

Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Spiral (2017) 2017-11-09T08:13:20+00:00

Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club

2017-10-30T08:13:14+00:00

If Marian Engel had not died mid-career, her name might have been as well known today as Margaret Atwood's today. Instead her name graces an award granted to a Canadian female writer mid-career by the Writers' Trust. A variety of forms, a strong feminist voice, challenging female characters, a fascination

Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club 2017-10-30T08:13:14+00:00

David Chariandy’s Brother (2017)

2018-08-14T15:23:22+00:00

Though set further north of the bluffs, David Chariandy's follow-up to his debut Soucouyant is every bit as family-soaked, its losses and sorrows cast against a remarkable and enduring landscape. In Brother, Michael introduces readers to the Rouge Valley, to his mother and to the memory of his brother

David Chariandy’s Brother (2017) 2018-08-14T15:23:22+00:00