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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 […]

Transit City: An awkward, pregnant pause

I was wondering why she was reading a children’s book. I didn’t see the title page, didn’t catch its name. But I could see, peering down on her as I stood holding on to the pole in the subway, snooping, something in big, kid-friendly type, about frogs. She seemed engrossed; was reading intently. This middle-aged […]

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 […]

Transit City: The lady with the gold ring

Here, the first of the “subway people” I mentioned in my last post: I made it through the subway doors just before they clamped shut behind me and sat down in the first seat I saw – right next to the door, facing the inside of the car. I sat straight, hands folded tightly around […]

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 […]

Slaying ennui with Graham Greene and bored games

“I’m bored.” Those were the first words out of my daughter’s mouth after I picked her up from the babysitter. I can understand the feeling. It’s -25C outside with the wind chill factor. “Everyone else at school was hyper – I was grumpy,” she started off with a grouch. She was on the edge of […]

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 […]

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