From the Library: Finding Edward, Quiet Time, and Ducks

Finding Edward by Sheila Murray (Cormorant Books) Finding Edward is a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. The two main characters in this book are Jamaican-Canadian with a 70 year age difference. Cyril grew up in Jamaica and--having just lost his mother--has recently come to Toronto to attend university. Edward was given … Continue reading From the Library: Finding Edward, Quiet Time, and Ducks

Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart, a journalist with a doctorate in folklore, prefers the term "Wonder Tales" to "Fairy Tales". It suggests a sense of wonder while reading, rather than just the expectation of fairies or other fantastical creatures. I think we should call all stories "Wonder Tales". While reading these essays, I let Emily stoke a sense … Continue reading Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart

QC Fiction: Eric Dupont and Vincent Brault

Rosa's Very Own Personal Revolution by Eric Dupont, translated by Peter McCambridge Eric Dupont seems to have his own distinct writing style. Like Songs for the Cold of Heart, Rosa--while not quite as epic--is whimsical and entertaining. Rosa grows up in a small village on the Gaspe Peninsula - isolated enough to have developed their … Continue reading QC Fiction: Eric Dupont and Vincent Brault

Dundurn Press: David Whitton, Victoria Hetherington, and K.S. Covert

The first two of these books are published by Rare Machines, an imprint of Dundurn Press. All three feature provocative ideas such as an invisible "spy" organization, artificial intelligence, and institutions where the touch-starved can go to touch and be touched. The characters in these books--despite the books being so wildly different from each other--are … Continue reading Dundurn Press: David Whitton, Victoria Hetherington, and K.S. Covert

Steven Laffoley: irreverent histories of food and drink in Nova Scotia

Unfiltered: An Irreverent History of Beer in Nova Scotia Despite the fact that most of Laffoley's books are nonfiction, until now, I have only read his novels. (The Blue Tattoo, A Halifax Christmas Carol, and Halifax Nocturne) Because I liked them so much, I was happy to give his nonfiction a try. Beer isn't really … Continue reading Steven Laffoley: irreverent histories of food and drink in Nova Scotia

Highlights of 2022

As always, the best thing about book blogging is the bookish community, online and in "real" life. I have loved getting to know so many passionate readers and bloggers and writers and reviewers and publishers. Thank you for reading and commenting and visiting and chatting and writing and publishing! 🙂 ATLANTIC CANADA Seven years ago … Continue reading Highlights of 2022

‘The Wards’ by Terry Doyle and ‘Birth Road’ by Michelle Wamboldt

Contemporary fiction set in Newfoundland and historical fiction set in Nova Scotia. What more could you want? The Wards by Terry Doyle (Breakwater Books) This is my type of book. An ordinary family, characters you get to know so well that you're never surprised by their actions, even when their actions surprise you. The Wards … Continue reading ‘The Wards’ by Terry Doyle and ‘Birth Road’ by Michelle Wamboldt

What I’ve Been Listening To: Life is short so ignore your email, fight for yourself and others, and be still

This was an exceptional batch of audio books. These Precious Days by Ann Patchett I loved these essays. Ann had me crying several times, and it would be no hardship to listen to them all again. This book would make a lovely gift. At the heart of Patchett's essays is her friendship with Sooki, a … Continue reading What I’ve Been Listening To: Life is short so ignore your email, fight for yourself and others, and be still

#LiteraryWives: State of the Union by Nick Hornby

Literary Wives is an on-line book group that examines the meaning and role of wife in different books. Four times a year, we post and discuss a book with this question in mind: What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a wife? Don’t forget to check out the other members … Continue reading #LiteraryWives: State of the Union by Nick Hornby