Connections: ‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ and ‘The Lost Sister’

The Lost Sister by Andrea Gunraj A book about sisters is always appealing, but what made this one even more so for me is that part of the story is inspired by Garnet Smith's childhood experiences while living at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. A book about this Home came out not long … Continue reading Connections: ‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ and ‘The Lost Sister’

Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake

We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek After loving Vryenhoek's first novel, I was looking forward to this one - and, once again (as I suspected), I was wholly enthralled by the lives of her characters. Disappearing would be as simple as sliding off the edge, as stretching one leg forward and following it … Continue reading Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake

Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction: Little Fortress by Laisha Rosnau and A Roll of the Bones by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

Little Fortress by Laisha Rosnau Little Fortress is based on the true story of the Caetanis, a family of Italian nobility that came to the west coast of Canada as a result of the rise of fascism. After the death of the Duke in 1934, his wife Ofelia went into seclusion and took their daughter … Continue reading Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction: Little Fortress by Laisha Rosnau and A Roll of the Bones by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes

Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady I have loved Lynn Coady's short stories, but had yet to read one of her novels. As is often the case, I am starting from most recent and will be working my way back. Watching You Without Me is narrated by Karen, who is telling her own story … Continue reading Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes

Highlights of 2019 Part 1: Atlantic Canada

Four years ago I decided to challenge myself to read more books from Atlantic Canada. As a result, I have read 100 books from Atlantic Canada in the last four years. You can check out results of previous years here: 2018, 2017, 2016. #of Atlantic Canadian books read: 25 (last year, 23) % of books … Continue reading Highlights of 2019 Part 1: Atlantic Canada

Giller Shortlist: Small Game Hunting At the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

This is a humdinger of a book. Not so much the length, rather what's found between the covers. Megan Gail Coles gives us warning before the narrative begins: "This might hurt a little. Be brave." It will storm again today as surely as the nearly forty will go out again in four days' time. The … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: Small Game Hunting At the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

What I’ve Been Reading: Shalan Joudry, Brian Francis, and Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Elapultiek (We Are Looking Towards) by shalan joudry (Pottersfield Press, 2019) Elapultiek is a play written by shalan joudry that was first produced by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre in Canning, Nova Scotia, Mi'kma'ki. Using her theatre background as well as her story-telling and ecology experience, joudry's play is about two cultures learning how … Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading: Shalan Joudry, Brian Francis, and Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

After coming out with two remarkable novels - Heave and The Memento -¬†Watermark is Christy Ann Conlin's first book of short stories. Watermark has already garnished a lot of praise from some well-known Atlantic Canadian authors. Lynn Coady remarks that Conlin's stories "achieve a dizzying balance of light and dark"; Lisa Moore calls the stories … Continue reading Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin