Awards Prize Pack Contest!

If you guys are following the book world, you’ll know that Thomas Allen’s titles Whirl Away, by Russell Wangersky, Siege 13, by Tamas  Dobozy, and Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan are all noteworthy works of Canadian literature. Whirl Away is currently short-listed for the Giller Prize. I gave it a great review because it absolutely [...]

Into that Darkness, by Steven Price: A Review

It’s not unheard of, but it’s not often you come across a marriage in which both partners are published novelists. Probably even less common is finding them published by the same house. Such is the case, however, with Esi Edugyan and Steven Price, who’s also a critically acclaimed poet. I’ve already reviewed Esi’s Half-Blood Blues, [...]

Esi Edugyan Takes Home 2011 Giller Prize

The CBC invited me to participate in the Giller chat this evening from 7–10 and it was my pleasure, even more fun than I had anticipated. Discussion was mostly focused and everyone remained cool (I’ve seen some heated awards talks!). The shortlisted books on the menu tonight were: David Bezmozgis’s The Free World Lynn Coady’s The [...]

LitBits 22

It’s amazing how fast I’m accumulating these literary tidbits these days. It’s probably an indication I’m spending way too much time not working or being productive but—hell. There are worse ways to procrastinate, I’m certain. Enjoy! 1. Probably I don’t need to tell you that the lovely Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize yesterday [...]

Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan: A Review

I love jazz—classic jazz, that is, the old-school stuff of Louis, Ella, Billie, Sarah, Coltrane. One of the very first CDs I bought, when I’d finally got myself a CD player in university, was Miles Davis’s quintessential, cozy Kind of Blue. It’s been one of my favourite albums since; I’ve never tired of it. Back [...]