Giller Shortlist: I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

Trucks play a big part in this story of a rural Acadian couple who have been together for almost 20 years. The only thing Réjean seems to love more than his wife, Agathe, is his black Chevy Silverado. The Silverado was reported sitting next to the highway with the driver-side door open just eight hours … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

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Canadian Books On the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2018

This year there are 16 Canadian books on the International Dublin Literary Award longlist. 8 Canadian books on the list that I've read and reviewed (Click on the book titles to see my reviews.) Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien - winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and 2016 Governor General's … Continue reading Canadian Books On the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2018

Giller Shortlist: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

What I love so much about readng the Giller books is that there are always surprises. I'm often reading books I hadn't heard of before, books from authors I've never read before, and books I know very little about. Add the fact that the books have been carefully chosen by a handful of smart and … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Giller Shortlist: Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin

The title for Minds of Winter comes from The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens, which I thought was fitting. Most of the characters in this book are drawn to the polar regions of the world. No sooner have they gotten back from an expedition and they're off again, despite the very real dangers. Many press … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin

5 Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Like The Blue Castle #ReadingValancy

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote The Blue Castle in 1924, at the same time as she was attempting to write Emily's Quest. Unlike the last Emily book, LMM enjoyed writing The Blue Castle. In The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Volume III: 1921-1929, she writes "I have enjoyed writing it very much. It seemed a refuge … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Like The Blue Castle #ReadingValancy

Giller Longlist: Brother by David Chariandy

If you're looking for that one beautiful gem, David Chariandy's Brother just might be it. It's raw and honest, and the writing is as smooth as silk. Michael and his older brother Francis are close as they grow up in 1980s Scarborough, the sons of a single hard-working mother from Trinidad. Francis was my older … Continue reading Giller Longlist: Brother by David Chariandy

The Boat: A Short Story by Alistair MacLeod #1968Club

Joining in on the 1968 Club this week seemed like a long shot for me until I came across this short story by Alistair MacLeod, published in 1968 and the first story in the collection Island. The Boat A Midwestern University professor looks back at his childhood in 1930s Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He grew … Continue reading The Boat: A Short Story by Alistair MacLeod #1968Club