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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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Learning about Residential Schools for every level (ft. Benjamin on Booktube)
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Learning about Residential Schools for every level (ft. Benjamin on Booktube)
Many Canadians are disappointed in our slow progress towards the 94 calls to action set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Report. See Ian Mosby’s Twitter feed for updates (and a nonsensical reply from Joseph Boyden, if you dig for it): TRC Calls to Action Status, 16 October 2017: ✔️ Compl...
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Where do my books come from?
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Where do my books come from?
This post is inspired by Kerry at Pickle Me This, and by my own nosiness, because I want to know where your books come from too. Join in! You can either list the last 30 books you read, as Kerry did, or calculate your stats for the whole year. I’ve done both. The last thirty books: [&#...
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Short Story Recommendations from Short Story Lovers – and #SSAC2017 winner announcement
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Short Story Recommendations from Short Story Lovers – and #SSAC2017 winner announcement
I would have announced this sooner, but I took at week-long internet break (inspired by Bookbii) and it was lovely. Meghan has won the Short Story Advent Calendar giveaway! She’s an accomplished short story writer herself. Check out her writing here. Thank you to everyone who entered. I ask...
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The Short Story Advent Calendar 2017: Giveaway open till Oct. 17
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Disclaimer: Giveaway copy is courtesy of the kind people at Hingston & Olsen Publishing, but I bought my own copy. I know one of the creators, Michael Hingston, and reviewed his novel The Dilettantes here. It’s that time of year again: The Short Story Advent Calendar is on sale now, and...
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CanLit for Cynics: Q&A with Peter Unwin
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CanLit for Cynics: Q&A with Peter Unwin
When I wrote about CanLit cynicism for carte blanche, I started with Alex Good’s book of essays, Revolutions (full Q&A here). Then, a very strange novel fell into my hands (actually, it was placed there by Kelsey at Freehand Books) and I knew these books were meant to be together. Searc...
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CanLit for Cynics: Q&A with Alex Good
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CanLit for Cynics: Q&A with Alex Good
I’m pretty cynical about CanLit lately. When I noticed that carte blanche, a Quebec-based literary journal, was running a “Who Needs CanLit” series on their blog, I knew I had to get in on it. One of the books I drew on was Revolutions by Alex Good, a collection of essays that l...
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War and Peace Newbies Read-Along: All’s Well That Ends. (Well…)
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Alternate post title: All’s Well That Ends Well (If You Are A Rich, Titled Male) “All’s Well That Ends Well” was the working title of what eventually became War and Peace. AWTEW was to be set just after the Crimean War, in which Tolstoy fought during the 1850s. But Tolstoy...
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