Category On Writing

Celebrate Irish writing on St. Patrick’s day

If you don’t fancy drinking green beer, there are lots of other ways to honour Irish culture: there’s plenty in film, art and literature that avoids the pastiche of leprechauns and shamrocks – but have clear Irish voices with universal appeal. Here are three books published in the past year from some of the country’s […]

Pages Fest first night: Telling stories

Heard in the crowd “Susan, I didn’t know you’d be here,” a woman says to writer Susan Swan. Who says “Good to see you! This is my friend, Katherine Govier.” Big names in Canadian culture. Then there was the rest of us at the opening night of the inaugural Pages Festival in Toronto. It’s running […]

Winter break reads: From the literary to the feel-good

The weather’s warming up – but it’s still cold enough outside to spend a weekend curled up with a book. Here are three I’ve read recently – click on the links below for the full reviews: My Life in Middlemarch is one for those who want a literary meal. It’s written by New Yorker writer […]

Giller Prize memories and reviews

A long red rose landed on my desk, along with an embossed invitation. It was one of the most coveted events in the city – and I was on the list. Writers, publicists, book editors, book sellers, publishers – we were excited about a celebration of Canadian books the likes of which this country hadn’t […]

Talking writing with Andrew Taylor

Just had a few tweets with Andrew Taylor – the U.K. crime/historical suspense writer. He came to Canada earlier this year at the behest of his fans – a great reason to come to a place if ever there was one. His new book The Scent of Death was also out – so he managed […]

Transit City: “What is to be done?”

This is the latest in my “subway people” series of posts. We don’t tend to learn the stories of people we run into during our day-to-day lives; but fiction writers usually give chance encounters big import. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could know which of these small encounters will affect our lives, as if […]

Imagine Ireland: Two books for a summer read

If you’ve finished off most of your summer reading list, here are two more that will take your imagination on a figurative holiday to Ireland. It’s been a bumper summer for Irish writing superstars. The legendary Edna O’Brien released her memoir Country Girl at the beginning of the summer. Her writing is beautiful – as […]

Thank goodness, I’ll never know Dorothy Parker

While there are artists I admire – writers, songwriters, singers, essayists – there are few I would want to meet. I imagine the magic they exert on my life would change. Do I want to know anything about them personally? Not particularly. They’re entitled to their privacy; I’m entitled to my fantasy. There a few […]

Bloggers: A lesson from Roddy Doyle and Stompin’ Tom Connors

Books really can cause a stir. Particularly when the authors are Roddy Doyle and Stompin’ Tom Connors – you know, rock star, party-worthy types. Both came to mind this week – Stompin’ Tom because he passed away on Wednesday; Roddy Doyle because I came upon an article he wrote about writing. They’re both cultural giants, […]

Two books, two reviews

  If you need something to read this weekend and you’re willing to spend sometime with a literary writer, I’ve read and reviewed both these books and think they’re worth the time spent:   In this era of in-your-face erotic fiction epitomized by Fifty Shades of Grey, Australia’s Chloe Hooper gives us an erotic psychological thriller […]

Finding my lost Kobo – and inspiration

Since writing this blog entry in October I’ve found my Kobo – and a renewed appreciation for my wall of bookshelves. My bookshelves are, once again, spilling over. *** I can’t find my Kobo. It’s not the end of the world – the dozens of books I’ve got stored on it are also stored on my computer. But […]

Liebster Award nomination – woo hoo

Thank you leftofplumb for nominating me for a Liebster Award! The Liebster Award It’s apparently for “up and coming” blogs – so I’ll take that as a nod of approval. It also means I get to return the compliment to other blogs that I read – networking with nice words. As with anything, certain conditions apply, including stating: […]

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