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February Reading Round-Up
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Lots of diversity in my reading this month. Here are my top ten:Winter by Ali SmithAli Smith astounds me with each new creation, each unfailingly wise and full of heart. The central story here is about the thawing of frozen relationships, interwoven with current issues - Brexit, Syrian refugees, ...
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January Reading Round-up
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My January was full of poetry and books by New Zealand writers.I wrote about January's poetry highlights in a previous post. Other January highlights include:Electrifying Short Stories: What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. Audiobook [5 h 20 m] narrated by Adjoa...
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Three New Zealand Poets: Dinah Hawken, Sue Wootton and Rhian Gallagher
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I am doing a poetry challenge on Litsy. It involves focusing on a particular poet each month, and I had a hard time choosing among the tempting possibilities recommended by my knowledgeable friend Claire, at whose house I've been staying in Auckland. I ended up choosing Dinah Hawken, and I read o...
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New Year's Reading Goal: More Canadian Please!
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New Year's Reading Goal: More Canadian Please!
Reading Envy podcaster and blogger Jenny, who lives in South Carolina, has set herself a goal to read more Canadian books this year. She asked some Canadian readers for suggestions and shared these on Reading Envy episode 107, linked here.I was one of the people she invited on for this show. It's...
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My 2017 Reading Stats in Pie Charts
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My 2017 Reading Stats in Pie Charts
Goodreads makes the wonderful infographic above possible. I read 345 books in 2017, up from 323 last year.I like to examine my reading stats at the end of each year, to see how well I'm doing in my efforts to read as diversely as possible and to focus on reading books written by women. Looking at...
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Best of December 2017: A Round-up
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Best of December 2017: A Round-up
Highlights of the best books I read this month:The Kappa Child by Hiromi Goto"I just want to have a normal family! But I'm always tossed into this tornado, this Wizard of Oz meets Godzilla at The Little House on the Prairie." A lesbian protagonist + a dysfunctional Japanese immigrant family&...
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Best of November 2017: A Round-up
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Best of November 2017: A Round-up
Another thirty days, another thirty books. Here are the highlights of my November reads:Favourite book of November, and possibly of the entire year:The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneSocial change over a span of 70 years in Ireland, as seen through the lens of a gay man who was born to an ...
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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
Hiromi Goto spoke at the University of Alberta yesterday, as part of the Canadian Literature Centre's Brown Bag Lunch Reading series. Her talk reminded me why I love speculative fiction."the best of speculative fiction is not bound by the mechanics of the systems we’ve developed to date, nor conf...
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
These are powerful personal essays about living through pain and surviving loss of all kinds, and violence, and injustice. Beautiful, cathartic and bleak, like the remote British Columbia settings where author Sarah de Leeuw has lived."It is the early summer of 1989. For the two of us it is the e...
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
   "Darwin came home before the children went to bed, Lorraine asleep already. He had brought Timbits, assorted. The jelly ones, the tiny perfect jelly doughnuts, made Clara cry. Because they were so perfect and Lorraine was dying. She had salt in her mouth and powdery, dissolving sweet...
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Indigenous Picture Books and Residential School Ramifications
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Indigenous Picture Books and Residential School Ramifications
These three recent picture books by Indigenous authors make the Canadian residential school experience and its continuing ramifications easier for children to understand.When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie FlettStunning, powerful, sensitive and poetic. Nehiyawak (Cree) vocab...
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A Year of Literary Trepanations
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In 2016, I read six different books that mentioned trepanation. So far in 2017, I have read none. So, I am looking back on 2016 as my Year of Literary Trepanations.Venomous by Christie WilcoxFascinating information about deadly poisons and how people can benefit from them. Did you know that ...
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Best of September Reading 2017
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Out of 30 books that I read in September, there are a handful that really stand out, and half of them happen to be by Indigenous authors.Best Indigenous Short Stories: Annie Muktuk and Other Stories by Norma DunningA brilliant collection by an Edmonton author of Inuit heritage. Tragedy and j...
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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Fiction is a great vehicle for probing the big questions. In the case of The Marrow Thieves by Metis author Cherie Dimaline, those questions are:A. What does it mean to be human? andB. What does it mean to be Indigenous?These questions are packaged in a gripping survival story set in the near-fut...
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Reading Envy Podcast
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Do you love book podcasts as much as I do? If so, you can understand how excited I was to be a recent guest on Reading Envy.Jenny Colvin is a warm host and we enjoy similar kinds of books, so I felt quite relaxed during our conversation. I took advantage of the opportunity to draw attention to th...
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