Tag Archive for Quill & Quire

LitBits 25

A sunny but cold day here in Belleville, Ontario, and a quiet day. I’m in need of some picking up, and you  may be too. Here’s a few literary tidbits to add a bit of fun. 1. I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned this magazine before. It’s called Bookmarks: For Everyone Who Hasn’t Read Everything. It’s American with a…

This Ramshackle Tabernacle, by Sam Martin: A Review

I keep reading short story collections that take me by surprise with their intensity and impact. In fact, This Ramshackle Tabernacle, by Samuel Thomas Martin, affected me so deeply that this is my fourth attempt at blogging a review. I’ve deleted countless paragraphs and started over many times, unsatisfied with what I’ve written. And there’s so much to say, to…

On the New Generation of CanLit

Recently, Finnish journalist Verna Kuutti contacted me to ask a few questions for a story she’s doing on “contemporary Canadian literature and the generational shift that seemed to take place this fall.” Her story will appear in Finland’s largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Verna wrote, “Canadian literature, and especially the more recent writers & works are still quite unknown in Scandinavia, so it…

LitBits 19

So much interesting stuff lately that I had to do another LitBit post before my email exploded. Here we go! 1. This site is in Spanish, I know. But you can translate it, and the title then is Splashes in the World: Journal of illustration in books for children and youth. I adore children’s books. I sometimes buy them just…

LitBits 13

There are so many wonderful and interesting things I come across in my Internet travels and much of it I unfortunately forget to tell you. However, here are a few gems for you. My apologies if you’ve already come across them in your own circles. 1. Esquire mag recently compiled a list of 75 books every man should read. Now,…

Amazon Expanion Into Canada

Despite petitions against Amazon’s proposal to physically expand into Canada and fear of how it would affect Canadian bookstores in particular, the Department of Canadian Heritage has approved the move. Amazon will be building a distribution centre here after all. When I first posted about this, the discussion centred on whether or not Canadian heritage and booksellers would suffer. According…