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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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