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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 […]

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 […]

Active reading

As my daughter and her friend race down the ski slopes, I stay in the lodge. I look up and out the window. The slopes framed like a postcard. Blurs of colour speed down the hills while the frosty air slips into my comfort zone when the doors open. I look down to my book […]

Saying goodbye to Maeve Binchy

A Week In Winter (click here) Hey all – my latest review is of Maeve Binchy’s last book A Week in Winter, for the Toronto Star. It’s proving very popular so thought I’d share it with you. Thanks again for reading!

Lose a library, find inspiration

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 it is irritating. I can’t haul around an entire library in my bag, as the marketers tout these things, which is something I’ve become used to. […]

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