I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe & I’m Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas

Rita Joe's wonderful and well-known poem, I Lost My Talk, has been made into a children's book. And it's perfect for a children's book - it's written in clear, simple language that children can understand, and it introduces them to Rita Joe long before most of us were lucky enough to encounter her work. I … Continue reading I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe & I’m Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas

From the Library: some laughs, some crime, a coma, and a narrative meditation

The first thing I have to say about these books is that each one deserves it's own post. So very good in their own unique ways. Three from Atlantic Canada, one from Quebec. Are You Kidding Me?! by Lesley Crewe, Nimbus Publishing Lesley Crewe is wildly popular here in Nova Scotia. Her books at the … Continue reading From the Library: some laughs, some crime, a coma, and a narrative meditation

Giller Longlist: Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough

All of the stories in Dominoes at the Crossroads are written in first person; some have overlapping characters, many feature music in some way, many include historical descriptions or scenarios, and all feature a character or characters from the African Diaspora. Kaie Kellough, himself, is a character in one of his own stories. One of … Continue reading Giller Longlist: Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough

#ShadowGiller: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

I think most of us have heard of The Glass Hotel by now, after the huge success of Mandel's previous novel Station Eleven. That also means readers are expecting a lot from this novel, and I think Mandel was able to deliver. What a joy to experience the story and characters through her intricately woven … Continue reading #ShadowGiller: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

#1956Club: The Wings of Night by Thomas H. Raddall

Imagine my excitement when I saw that October's date for Karen's and Simon's Club series was 1956, and that I was going to be able to check another Thomas Raddall book off my list! And check out this cover! Is it as cheesy as the cover makes it look? Surprisingly, not at all. Yes, the … Continue reading #1956Club: The Wings of Night by Thomas H. Raddall

Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2020

The Giller Prize shortlist was announced this morning. Between now and November 9th, the Shadow Jury will be reading and reviewing these books, as well as picking a winner in advance of the official winner. Will we be any better at predicting the winner than we were at predicting the shortlist? You can find all … Continue reading Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2020

#ShadowGiller: How To Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Every story in this collection is strong. David Chariandy calls it "one of the great short story collections of our time." Madeleine Thien calls it "a major work and a lasting one". And Sharon Bala calls it a "masterful collection." Susan (@ A Life in Books) says all the stories are "remarkable in their eloquent … Continue reading #ShadowGiller: How To Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Announcing Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2020 #MARM

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to fall, the Giller list is out, and it's time to start thinking about what MARM goodies we're going to read this year. Margaret Atwood Reading Month is hosted by Marcie at Buried in Print and Naomi at Consumed by Ink and inspired by decades of … Continue reading Announcing Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2020 #MARM

From the Library: Home Children, A Pandemic, A Cult, and Jane Austen

The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham I had hoped the trunk would outlive me. That once I was gone, someone could dust it off, open the latches, and discover the treasures old Gran had hidden away. Without me to tell the story, no one would be able to figure it out. It would remain … Continue reading From the Library: Home Children, A Pandemic, A Cult, and Jane Austen