Archive for May, 2010

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of the acclaimed book of short stories Once, and has more recently published Road Trips, with Frog Hollow Press. What do you think is the enduring appeal of road trip stories? First the writerly answer — Flannery O’Connor said stories should begin with a knock at the door — sometimes that […]

Originally published in The Danforth Review, 2005. American writer Barry Yourgrau begins his stories as concisely as “I go to sea.  For various reasons, I fall overboard.”  His modern fables are sharp and amusing, but suffer a little from a kind of self-conscious cleverness.  Alayna Munce, in writing When I Was Young and In My […]

Triny Finlay was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Toronto. Her most recent poetry collection is called Histories Haunt Us. The title seems like the love-child of a biography and Poe story.  Do you believe in ghosts, either in the conventional or unconventional sense of the word? Oh, this is a really complex […]

Seems we’re all lurchy. A review of a new title The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, takes time out to consider it from a literary point of view, with some encouraging words for writers: “Failure happens, and doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on the wrong path. The reader is presented with examples of famous […]

Catching up with an original, sincere and acclaimed 1996 Canadian graphic novel in 2010 is better late than never, I guess. Written and illustrated by Seth, It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken takes its title from the old song by Maurice Chevalier(the author comments he often heard his mother repeating the line) though […]

A review of Anthill, by biologist Edward O. Wilson describes an “ant’s-eye-view” of epic battles, and a book that has the potential to relate the need for environmental justice, doing for the environment what To Kill a Mockingbird did for social justice. It’s a noble idea, though to reach the masses these days I’m afraid we’ll […]