Guest Post: The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

The Miramichi Reader is an excellent site that champions Canadian Literature and small publishers, with a focus on Atlantic Canada. For the third time, James Fisher and I are doing a book review swap for which James has chosen to read and review The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino.  First guest post: Mountain by Ursula Pflug … Continue reading Guest Post: The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

Bina by Anakana Schofield

It's hardly surprising that I would snatch up a copy of Bina as soon as possible after loving both Malarky and Martin John. And if I were to describe Bina to someone who had read both of her others, I would say it feels like a cross between the two of them. Like she did … Continue reading Bina by Anakana Schofield

#LiteraryWives: A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Literary Wives is an on-line book group that examines the meaning and role of wife in different books. Every other month, 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 of Literary Wives … Continue reading #LiteraryWives: A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Missy Marston: ‘Bad Ideas’ and ‘The Love Monster’

This book is delicious - I ate it right up. Twenty-three year old Trudy lives with her mother and her four-year-old niece, Mercy. Mercy's mother Tammy left home long ago and no one has heard from her since. Trudy and her mother Claire both work at the linen factory, working opposite shifts, so there's always … Continue reading Missy Marston: ‘Bad Ideas’ and ‘The Love Monster’

Halifax Explosion: ‘The Blind Mechanic’ and ‘Breaking Disaster’

The Blind Mechanic was already on my list when it was shortlisted for both the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction).  And judging by how long my library copy took to come in, it's been on many others' lists as well. An already well-known survivor of … Continue reading Halifax Explosion: ‘The Blind Mechanic’ and ‘Breaking Disaster’