The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning

Imagine you performed an unintentional heroic act that was caught on video and shared with the world. What would you do? How would you react? This is the premise of Bridget Canning's debut, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes. It's fun, smart, thought-provoking, and very relevant to the world we live in right now. Wanda … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning

Four-Letter Words by Chad Pelley

I've had a hankering for more Chad Pelley since reading his two novels last year, Away From Everywhere and Every Little Thing. His short story collection, Four-Letter Words has been shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction for the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards. It's up against two other collections I've read this year; Bad … Continue reading Four-Letter Words by Chad Pelley

‘Glass Voices’ by Carol Bruneau and ‘The Memento’ by Christy Ann Conlin

Glass Voices by Carol Bruneau (2007) I read this book as part of my little unofficial Halifax Explosion fiction project, which includes other books, such as Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan, Black Snow by Jon Tattrie, and The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley. This book made a nice compliment to the others in that it's … Continue reading ‘Glass Voices’ by Carol Bruneau and ‘The Memento’ by Christy Ann Conlin

Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet

This book is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the road with Lansing Meadows and Evan Cornfield as they made their way across Canada en route to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Lansing is to receive a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Canadian folk music. (The title of Fallsy Downsies comes from the conditions of employment … Continue reading Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet

Two More Books About the Halifax Explosion: Tides of Honour and The Blue Tattoo

A few months ago, I read a book called Black Snow, a love story set during WWI and the Halifax Explosion. At around the same time, I heard about a new book coming out set during the same time and place, The Blue Tattoo. I even listed it in my Hopeful Reading List for 2015, … Continue reading Two More Books About the Halifax Explosion: Tides of Honour and The Blue Tattoo