Two Books that Slipped Through the Cracks: Elizabeth Hay and Ernest Buckler

The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (1952) It's been a long time coming, but I've finally read this book. Everyone else around me has read it, being a Canadian classic set in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. The author lived in the valley himself, and so I imagine this novel is partly autobiographical, although, … Continue reading Two Books that Slipped Through the Cracks: Elizabeth Hay and Ernest Buckler

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Giller Shortlist: Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin

The title for Minds of Winter comes from The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens, which I thought was fitting. Most of the characters in this book are drawn to the polar regions of the world. No sooner have they gotten back from an expedition and they're off again, despite the very real dangers. Many press … Continue reading Giller Shortlist: Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin