Archive for July, 2010

Newfound Hound


Hound of the Baskervilles remains my favourite Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story, so I was interested to read a recent graphic novel adaptation from UK publisher Self Made Hero, which is adapting various classic books. A part of me was a little tempted to scoff at easier translations of classic works, but they’re simply adaptations, […]

Myna Wallin is a Toronto-based author and editor who published three chapbooks of poems before the full-length collection A Thousand Profane Pieces (2006).  Her novel Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar is new this year. How did the plot develop, and is there an advantage to telling a novel in stories? Confessions began as a collection […]

I’ve finally caught up with Yesterday’s People, short stories by Goran Simic, and think it’s a remarkable, heart-wrenchingly good set of eight stories. The book is only 125 pages, but this is quality not quantity, and it’s a very potent collection. A survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, Simic uses plain, unadorned language to communicate […]

Shane Neilson is a family physician who has published Exterminate My Heart (Frog Hollow Press, 2008), Meniscus (Biblioasis, 2009) and most recently Complete Physical. Have you had feedback from other doctors about the book? I haven’t recieved any feedback from other doctors because the book is so new. It was mentioned in the summer reading […]

Originally published in The Danforth Review, 2004. A butcher pulls himself from the grave every night, habitually serving the village he knows. A hanged man describes the moments after the event, not the moments leading up to it. A man separated from his wife becomes a crow and sits on a nearby tree watching her. […]

A new review of The Widow, a book of prose poems by Suzanne Burns doesn’t manage to be critical, but it does make me want to check out the book. And I have to admit to liking any review that begins with something like “I have a giant brain-crush on Suzanne Burns.” At the same […]