Joy Kogawa

  I have chosen Joy Kogawa's Obasan to be the 'K' book for my A-Z Canlit challenge. I can't believe I have waited so long to read this book, but I was helped along by the book fairy when I recently came across a copy of it at a book sale. I snatched it up just in time to … Continue reading Joy Kogawa

Baltimore’s Mansion: A Memoir by Wayne Johnston

Baltimore's Mansion is Wayne Johnston's memoir of growing up in Newfoundland. Not just growing up in Newfoundland, but growing up there in an anti-Confederate family not long after Newfoundland became the tenth province of Canada. The book is full of anecdotes about his family, mostly his father and grandfather. In fact, Johnston manages to hold … Continue reading Baltimore’s Mansion: A Memoir by Wayne Johnston

Wayne Johnston

The next book in my A-Z CanLit Project is Baltimore's Mansion by Wayne Johnston. A couple of years ago I read and enjoyed both The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Custodian of Paradise, and have been wanting to read more since. Baltimore's Mansion is Johnston's memoir about growing up in Newfoundland. Wayne Johnston was … Continue reading Wayne Johnston

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Exquisite and profoundly moving, The Cellist of Sarajevo shows how life under siege creates impossible moral choices.  It is a story about survival, about the temptation to hate and refusal to do so, about the persistence of the human spirit in a time of fear and suffering. Sometimes the blurb on the inside flap or … Continue reading The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway