Giller Shortlist: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Anyone who has read this book will understand when I say that I don't know where to start with this, and I don't know where it's going to go. Let's start with structure. Reproduction is a literary structural feat. I didn't even realize the extent of it until I did some homework. Part 1 of … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2019 #MARM

Margaret Atwood Reading Month is hosted by Marcie at BuriedInPrint and myself, and inspired by decades of reading Margaret Atwood’s words: journalism and fiction, poetry and comics. From November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019 we’ll be reading Margaret Atwood, and we invite you to join. (On the 18th, Margaret Atwood celebrates her 80th birthday … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: November 2019 #MARM

Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2019

The Giller Prize shortlist is out! The Shadow Jury will be reading and reviewing these books over the next 6 weeks, and will be choosing a shadow winner a few days before the official Giller Prize announcement on November 18th. Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis, published by HarperCollins Jury's Thoughts: "Bezmozgis has reimagined immigrant lives not simply … Continue reading Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2019

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