From Patrick Coleman: Les Boys of October   > read more...


Tuesday 28 June 2011

Quebec novelist Louis Hamelin is a talented writer with a genuine passion for his cause, but his new book La Constellation du lynx is remarkable as much for what it leaves out as for what it includes.

Q&A with Bharati Mukherjee   > read more...


Tuesday 28 June 2011

LL: You have been writing about the culture shock experienced by immigrants from India in the United States for 40 years or more. Do you see yourself as being a pioneer in this exploration of the immigrant experience?

BM: My short and emphatic answer: Yes.

From Tom Ložar: Trieste and the Meaning of Ignorance   > read more...


Friday 24 June 2011

The assumption in “One Night at the Risiera” that the Risiera killed mainly Jews and the silence about the other victims may just be examples of Morris’s fabled carelessness and the ignorance of her reviewers, in homage to her lyrical cluelessness.

So, do you believe me, or the great Jan Morris? Do you trust me or the woman who says that Toronto is on Lake Superior, that there is a great hatter on a street in Toronto called Spandia, and that Yonge Street runs all the way to the “prairie farmlands”?

From Margaret O'Brien: Madeleine Thien's Dogs at the Perimeter   > read more...


Friday 24 June 2011

Madeleine Thien has, bravely I think, chosen to write about a particular evil reality. Through Janie she unveils a dreadful truth.

In Mukherjee's India, Old Meets New   > read more...


Friday 17 June 2011

Bharati Mukherjee’s territory is cultural shock. Born in Calcutta, she has been chronicling the traumas of displacement for more than four decades. She is a marvellously accomplished writer, and her new novel represents not only a new departure but also the latest instalment in a substantial and satisfying body of work. For readers new to Mukherjee’s fiction, this is a rich vein to mine.


Press release: Montreal writer Linda Leith announces the creation of Linda Leith Publishing Inc.   > read more...


Monday 13 June 2011

With the book industry undergoing a period of unprecedented change, Montreal writer Linda Leith today announces the creation of Linda Leith Publishing Inc., which will publish short works of narrative non-fiction both as electronic and as print books. Books will appear in English from Fall 2011 and in French from Spring 2012.

From Tom Ložar: Doctored !   > read more...


Tuesday 7 June 2011

The translation, from Slovenian, of Tom Ložar's column in the Maribor daily Večer on March 29, 2011, soon after Germany’s Defence Minister Karl-Theodor von und zu Guttenberg resigned when it was discovered he had plagiarized his doctoral thesis.

From Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos: Promoting Microcredit in China   > read more...


Tuesday 7 June 2011

These young people are part of an exciting movement of university students across North America who are using their expertise to help the less advantaged and to promote social entrepreneurship at home and abroad.

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