Mavis Gallant, Home Truths & the Anglo Literary Revival   > read more...

Saturday 12 March 2011

The best stories I have ever read about Montreal are the Linnet Muir stories that appeared in The New Yorker in 1978 and 1979. Set mostly in wartime Montreal, the stories dip back into the more distant past of Linnet Muir’s—and Mavis Gallant’s own—childhood memories of Montreal in the 1920s.

From Margaret O'Brien: John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival   > read more...

Saturday 2 April 2011

The Tiger is a Poe-like thriller, an analysis of post-perestroika economic disintegration (with plenty of black humour included), a treatise on biodiversity, an overview of paleoanthropology, and a completely absorbing read. But its essence is an intricate and measured plea for humans to understand and value our co-existence with the natural world.

From Judith Fitzgerald: April Is the Coolest Month, or, GO HABS GO!!!™   > read more...

Saturday 16 April 2011

The real poetry happening on this continent? The playoffs.

From Kenneth Radu: Comment on Writing in the Time of Nationalism   > read more...

Tuesday 10 May 2011

"Written in a gracefully accessible prose and enlivened by a wry wit, unaffectedly modest but confident in tone, alert to resentments and undercurrents, on this subject which she knows so intimately and thoroughly, Leith’s book is a necessary read. Besides, I am indexed. And one feels one has arrived when one has been indexed." -- Kenneth Radu

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.

From Kenneth Radu: The Sculptures of John Félice Ceprano   > read more...

Wednesday 24 August 2011

These works fall to the force of nature every year and are rebuilt in new formations in late spring and summer when the river releases itself from winter’s grip. The rock remains, the art vanishes, only to reappear, because the artist is moved to do so, change and transformation being essential to his aesthetic. And that’s a rather exciting concept. Ceprano’s purpose is not to create a never changing artifact, but to celebrate the phenomenon of change itself

Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table, reviewed by Linda Leith   > read more...

Friday 2 September 2011

My review of Michael Ondaatje's great new novel, The Cat's Table, is now online and will appear in print in The Gazette [Montreal] tomorrow, Saturday, September 3, 2011.


From Kenneth Radu: Reading Kathleen Winter’s Annabel   >

Wednesday 7 September 2011

The heart of the novel is the brilliant and painful, detailed and multi-layered depiction of Annabel herself from his earliest years as the boy Wayne to the excruciatingly awkward and sometimes devastating experiences of the young woman Annabel in St. John’s. In scene after scene Winter wonderfully conveys a child’s literal-mindedness and imagination, a child’s consciousness of physiological transformations and emotional changes, an adolescent’s conflicts and yearnings, tensions within the family, all complicated by the salient fact of his/her gender.


                                                    Cover, Annabel (Anansi)                                               

Doug Gibson's Stories about Storytellers, reviewed by Linda Leith   > read more...

Friday 28 October 2011

My review of Doug Gibson's Stories about Storytellers has just appeared on the Globe Books site and no doubt in the paper tomorrow.

From Judith Fitzgerald: Winning ReLits & Righteous Fitz Bitz   > read more...

Friday 11 November 2011

L-R:  Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit Founder Kenneth J. Harvery.

ReLit winners show off their rings: (L-R) Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey. (Photograph of ReLit Award recipients © 2011 John W. MacDonald. Used by written permission. All rights reserved. Duplication, reproduction, storage, or transmission of this work in whole or in part in any medium without the express written permission of its copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Just so you know, y'know?)

From Sophie Legrand : Q & A with Katherine Govier   > read more...

Tuesday 15 November 2011

I think landscape forms character. The people I write about are formed by a particular landscape. Maybe it’s harsh, maybe it’s dangerous, it affects what they are and who they are. I like to go and place myself in those landscapes.

            Katherine Govier in Matsumoto, Japan

And now a message for all the writers who did not win awards this fall   > read more...

Thursday 1 December 2011

"If only I had won the Giller I would be irresistible.”

No. That’s where you’re wrong. You’ve got it backwards. You have to be irresistible in order to win the Giller.

2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Egugyan www.

Literary Awards and the Spurned Writer   >

Monday 9 January 2012

Writers love literary awards when they win them, and they hate them when they don’t.

Van Gogh and Maggs: A Visit to the National Gallery   > read more...

Saturday 14 July 2012

Van Gogh's “starry, starry night” is the night of mega-stardom. Our view of his art is inevitably coloured by his celebrity.

Vincent van Gogh Almond Blossom, 1890 
Oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92 cm
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)


The Goodtime Girl, by Tess Fragoulis   >

Tuesday 7 August 2012

The sights and sounds of Smyrna, Piraeus and Athens are brought to life by Fragoulis’s finely crafted prose. The cast of characters – manghas, manghissas, and the girls in Kyria Effie’s brothel, are fully realized. The result is a novel which is as tough and intelligent as Kivelli herself.

Review by Margaret Goldik

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step One, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...

Saturday 18 August 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step One

Arrival  Save your pennies

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Two, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...

Thursday 30 August 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step Two


[See Step One: Arrival  Save Your Pennies here]

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Three, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...

Saturday 15 September 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step Three

Friends and Companions

No matter how poor you are, you should not hesitate to invite people over for a meal. Coming to a poor man’s table is an act of goodwill. Your new companions will be proud to spend time with people of such humble means. It will make them feel like Jesus.

[See Step One: Arrival  Save Your Pennies here]


Auction of original illustrations from Canadian pIcture books   > read more...

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Le Funambule  © Marie-Danielle Croteau, Josée Bisaillon et les éditions Les400 coups, 2010

Works by Stéphane Poulin, Marie-Louise Gay, Stéphane Jorisch, Janice Nadeau, Michael Martchenko, Barbara Reid, Philippe Béha, and others on the block at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

Movement, migration, and an inhospitable corner of Montreal, by Linda Leith   > read more...

Saturday 6 October 2012

These Filipinos and Guatamalans and Nigerians live in poverty and in fear and, unlike the immigrants of earlier days, they have little hope, ever, of becoming Canadian citizens. In comparison, the Alis were fortunate, for they could stay here and build a new life for themselves.

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