To begin at the end, here is a coda to the talk I gave today at the Atwater Library in Montreal on Mavis Gallant.
Mavis Gallant at The Standard, Montreal
Mark Abley's Conversations with a Dead Man is an unorthodox mash-up of sources, but it is this generic variety which allows the text to both entertain and succeed.
Salon .ll. congratulates Dany Laferrière, the first Canadian to join the Immortals
[Photo: Linda Leith]
Part Two: Fameck, May 2003: Waiting for the mailman, and Sylvia
Daewoo, an evocative historical novel by François Bon, gives voice to the (mostly women) workers who were the ultimate victims of this corporate crime.
Based on documentary research and personal interviews with some of the workers, François Bon has created a work that captures the very human and often tragic side of this drama. As he himself describes it, "If these female workers no longer have a place anywhere, let this novel be their memoir."
"I like to hunt down murderers and put them away." -- Luc Vanier and the Vigilantes, by Pamela Davison
Author Connie Guzzo-McParland
Connie Guzzo-McParland is the author of The Girls of Piazza d'Amore, a first novel published by Linda Leith Publishing of September 14th, 2013. Literary critic Linda Morra conducted this interview with her on the eve of publication.
Jennifer Quist is an Alberta writer whose first novel, Love Letters of the Angels of Death, is published today by Linda Leith Publishing. This interview took place on the eve of publication.
This is what makes a culture, this kind of occasion, this play, this green sward, this shared delight, the company of all these friends and strangers. This is Shakespeare in the Park, thanks to Repercussion Theatre.
Julie Tamiko Manning as Titania and Alain Goulem as Bottom [Photo: Repercussion Theatre]
The Tate resurrected my joy. Perhaps a replica or reconstruction may have the tendency to kill the imagination or spirit. Perhaps there is a dark aspect to glorifications and resurrections from cultural graves.
Courtyard of the Tate Modern, London
The Commonwealth Foundation has announced shortlists for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Part of Commonwealth Writers, the prizes unearth, develop and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.
Photo courtesy Davide D'Alessandro
We all must eat to survive, but visitors to Italy are invited to join in a little activity, done three times daily, that is another pillar of the dolce vita, namely eating to have pleasure. And lots of it.
Another excerpt from Davide D'Alessandro's unpublished book The Dolce Vita Code.
A gelato, that most simple, small, and affordable item of gastronomic art, is a fundamental part of the dolce vita. Few things, big or little, so easily inject us with happiness and evoke a smile of satisfaction. Have it often, certainly daily, while in Italy.
More from Davide D'Alessandro's The Dolce Vita Code.
Luca D'Alessandro [Photo courtesy Davide D'Alessandro]
Via Veneto, Rome [Photo: Linda Leith]
Why do so many visitors to the mecca of pleasure fail to experience the wonders of the dolce vita? The answer, I submit, lies in psychological research.
The Foreword to Davide D'Alessandro's The Dolce Vita Code.
It’s worth remembering that the word paradise traces its origins to the word pairidaeza, which in the ancient Iranian language Avestan, means a wall constructed to enclose cultivated grounds or a small grove of fruit trees. There is the wall again. As for Eden, that fabulous paradise lost, one need say no more.
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Aside from necessary funds, restoring a landscape or great garden requires patience, understanding, knowledge, and a good helping of genius. Gardens, unlike pyramids or palaces, can disappear through neglect, financial collapse, or death of original maker. They are often staked to the fortunes of the families.
Eden Project, Cornwall
A garden requires walls, water, and stone.
Xstrata Treetop Walkway, Kew Gardens
Step Six: Buying a Car and a Home
If you insist on buying a house, then at least be smart enough to wait until at least 7-10 years after your arrival. Do the math. You need to spend the first three years on your education, one year getting out of debt, and three years earning enough to put aside a big down payment.
Maybe I will go easier on my sons the next time they can’t find something — but only if it’s something green.