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Start Where You Are: How to get into new authors, feat. the Man Booker International Prize shortlist
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I picked up Book Riot’s “Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors” as a free Kobo download a while back, and gave it a skim: each entry offers a short introduction to an author, and a suggested reading list to ease your way into their work. I thought this would be light...
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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi: Man Booker International Prize Review
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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi: Man Booker International Prize Review
  I picked up Frankenstein in Baghdad because it was the most accessible book on the longlist (in stock at Chapters!), not because I was excited to read about war. My last war book, Canada Reads contender American War, didn’t go so well, and right off the bat, I noticed similarities. F...
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The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi – #MBI2018 Review
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The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi – #MBI2018 Review
If you have pivoted to video, check out my rambling on this book here. Those who have followed me for a long time know that I’m an ebook (and audio book) advocate. While I acknowledge that the brain processes words differently depending on the source, I maintain that it’s the words, n...
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The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet – #MBI2018 Review
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The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet – #MBI2018 Review
The Seventh Function of Language is often described as “The Da Vinci Code Meets _________” (fill in the blank with something higher brow than The Da Vinci Code). I have one too: The Seventh Function of Language is what would happen if David Foster Wallace wrote The Da Vinci Code. Goog...
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Canada Reads: Who should win, who could win
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It’s that time of year again! No, not spring. This is Canada. It’s beautiful in Edmonton today, but the forecast for later this week includes a low of -18 (that’s about zero degrees for you Americans) and snow. No, friends, it is time for Canada Reads. The drama! The bickering! ...
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The Man Booker International Prize 2018: Readers to watch
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The Man Booker International Prize is a slightly more obscure prize than, say, The Women’s Prize, The Giller Prize, or the plain ol’ Man Booker Prize. That’s partly why I am keen to follow it – it’s not as overwhelming. There are plenty of other #mbi2018 readers, tho...
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How to follow a UK Prize from Canada or my foray into the Man Booker International Prize
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How to follow a UK Prize from Canada or my foray into the Man Booker International Prize
I made a snap decision today: I’ve decided to follow the Man Booker International Prize. I came to my decision, oh, about a half hour before the longlist was announced this morning. In my excitement, I filmed two videos before work: one about why I’m following the prize, and one react...
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Jonathan Franzen’s Away Message
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This time of year, I’d usually be kicking off another round of Franzen in February, but due to my unplanned, two-month blogging hiatus, I don’t have my shit together. So, sadly, this year I will not be bringing you any new Franzen conspiracy theories, nor will I be peer pressuring any...
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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
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Much as I relish a negative book review, negative reviews of memoirs can be cringe-inducing. What should be a critique of a book too often becomes a critique of a life, of choices made or flaws revealed. This kind of criticism confuses me. Should the writer lie about their own lives (more than th...
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Three ways to get into poetry
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Three ways to get into poetry
I’m a fairly well read person. No, this post isn’t about what it means to be well read. Just take my word for it. I’ve read across many formats and genres, and many traditions and eras. I do have a weak spot though: poetry. I remember learning exactly two poems in school. One wa...
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