Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair

2014-11-23 15:53:27

The first-ever Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair took place last week, November 13-16, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, eliciting mixed reactions. Linda Leith Publishing was there, in the Discovery Pavillion pod P5, and we enjoyed ourselves.



Titans in the Lagoon, part II, by Marco LoVerso

2014-07-23 12:22:02

"Let’s remember that Venice is a fish, after all. She sprang from the lagoon like a miraculous birth. If she is to swim freely, her waters must be respected and protected. How can we allow these titans of steel and smoke to threaten the vitality of the most original city in the world?”

My Life Among the Ruins, III, by Kenneth Radu

2014-07-11 11:16:15

All along I have been led to believe that New York or Toronto or Montreal or Paris is the centre of the known universe, when it is really this egg-shaped boulder on a mountainside in Greece.

The Temple of Apollo, Bassai

My Life Among the Ruins, II, by Kenneth Radu

2014-07-10 10:25:25


Hermes and the Infant Dionysos

One is always tempted to go naked in Greece: heat and history seem to demand it, and Irving Layton probably did, even though in the first Olympic games athletes wore protective jock straps, nudes on vases notwithstanding. 

My Life Among the Ruins, I, by Kenneth Radu

2014-07-09 16:43:32


The Erechtheion 

The Acropolis can lead to poetry or hallucinations of deities. I failed to see divinity, but I absorbed the beauty of the Erechtheion, especially the six caryatids forming the Ionic columns of its so-called Porch of the Maidens. Absorption seems the accurate term. 

Kidnapped Motherhood, by Cristina Montescu

2014-06-27 14:27:49

Marie-Soleil, a woman approaching forty, wants to have a baby. She has no partner and no opportunity of finding a donor whose identity she knows in her host country, Canada. Furthermore, most of her family and friends have stopped understanding her desire to be a mother. Facing the failure of her numerous fertility treatments alone, Marie-Soleil tries anger, humour, and walking. Can she escape her maternal instincts unscathed?

Translation by Jonathan Kaplansky of an excerpt from Cristina Montescu's unpublished novel A Hole in the Belly.


[Illustration: Catalin N. Ruxandu. All rights reserved.]

** La version originale de ce texte se trouve ici. **

John Doyle's A Great Feast of Light, by Denis Sampson

2014-06-17 15:59:31

On the eve of publishing his own new book, A Migrant Heart (LLP 2014), Irish-born Canadian essayist and biographer Denis Sampson rereads John Doyle's memoir A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday, 2005).

Ann Charney's Latest, by Linda Leith

2014-05-28 17:51:42


Photo: Terence Byrnes

Ann Charney is an award-winning writer who was born in Poland and has spent most of her life in Montreal, where she has worked as a columnist for Maclean’s and a feature writer at Saturday Night as well as publishing four novels and a collection of essays entitled Defiance in their Eyes. I will be interviewing her on stage about her latest book, Life Class, as a pre-StoryFest event on Sunday, June 1st, 2 p.m., in St. Mary's Hall, Hudson, Qc.

The event will be followed by a reception and signings at Greenwood, 354 Main Road.  
Tickets $10, availabe at Pure Art, 422, rue Principale, Hudson.

Riding da Riddim: The Culcha Dancehall Clash, II, by Maurie Alioff

2014-04-24 20:59:32

Miley Cyrus’s eyebrow-raising “twerking” is a bland white-bread facsimile of what happens all over Jamaica, every night, when the selectors program hot songs the deejays rap, and partiers dance until dawn.

Rising dancehall queen Tifa at the Montreal Reggae Fest

Riding da Riddim: The Culcha Dancehall Clash I, by Maurie Alioff

2014-04-24 18:19:14

Reggae music linked up to the anti-colonial, back-to Africa, enlightenment-seeking Rastafari movement that originated in the 1930’s. It became the only widely popular recent music to transmit religious and political beliefs, and many other outgoing messages. Jah-struck roots reggae (or “culture,” pronounced “culcha”) works like gospel music.

Like a Beast, by Joy Sorman, I, translation by Lara Vergnaud

2014-04-05 14:14:28

Like a Beast tells the story of a young man, Pim, who loves animals. He loves them so much that he learns to butcher them. Perfectly. The author’s meticulous research helps carry the reader deep into the realm of its subject.

Translated by Ellen Sowchek 

[Photo: C. Hélie. All rights reserved.]

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