Tag Archive for short stories

Saleema Nawaz Updates Us on Fire Damage—And Her Books

To all who’ve read and so generously responded to my previous blog post Help Canadian Author Saleema Nawaz Rebuild Her Book Collection After Fire: THANK YOU. Your responses showed kindness, understanding, empathy, and also a kindred love of literature. I feel certain that your comments have buoyed Saleema’s spirits even while she’s faced with the destruction of her home. As…

Short Stories for Breakfast Weekly Recap

Another week of good stories. Some better than others, but I remain convinced that I don’t have a shitty book in this whole house. April 15: #shortstoriesforbreakfast: “Of God and Cod,” by Anthony De Sa, from BARNACLE LOVE. So much richness in one little story. A man leaves his family behind for a voyage from Portugal and Newfoundland. The beginning…

Writers’ Trust Identifies Literary Stars of Tomorrow

This is a Writers’ Trust press release Finalists Announced for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Toronto – April 18, 2013 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada is delighted to announce finalists for a literary award that plays an instrumental role in discovering and promoting the next stars of Canadian literature. The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers…

Short Stories for Breakfast Weekly Recap

The short stories I read this weekend were a nice mix, by women and men, contemporary and older, even different in format, since one I read, today, was from a pdf. Here are the breakfasts I enjoyed this week: April 1: #shortstoriesforbreakfast: “The Many Faces of Montgomery Clift,” by Grace O’Connell, author of the novel Magnified World. This story, which…

Short Stories for Breakfast

As much as the magazines and websites and professionals stress that you must eat breakfast every morning, I just can’t. I’m not ready, I don’t want it. It takes me a while to ease into my day. But everyone argues that you must have nourishment to start your day properly, to jumpstart your metabolism, blahblahblah. Sorry. No can do. More…

“Give Canadian” and “Defying Convention: Reading Short Stories”

On the #CanLit chat today on Twitter with @CBC books, a couple of us were talking about the impressions people have of Canadian literature. Usually, these are unfortunate and misguided impressions, caused inadvertently by school teachers or others who define CanLit as only from a few major authors like Atwood, Ondaatje, Shields, etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with these…

LitBits 27

Lately I’ve been finding it hard to keep up with all the fantastic book stuff! Here’s another LitBit post of some things I’ve collected since LitBits 26. 1. I want this very badly. It’s a tent that looks like a book! My husband and I take Lucy camping every year — have done since 2000 (well, we’ve been camping that…

Mad Hope, by Heather Birrell: A Review

I’ve always read good books. Because of the way I choose a book, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ever regretted a purchase. But I think, during my whole long reading life, never have I read such great books in succession since publishers found this blog a couple of years ago and began offering me…

Whirl Away, by Russell Wangersky: A Review

One of the very best things about my reading experience with short stories lately is that they keep getting better, just when I don’t think it’s possible. I don’t know if I can say that about the novels I’ve checked out lately. Certainly there are very good ones, but nothing has been so original and skilfully written in my reading…

Stopping for Strangers, by Daniel Griffin: A Review

Daniel Griffin is all over the place right now. Just google him. His name’s been frequently popping up in newspapers, journals, magazines, and on blogs. Not long ago, he released Stopping for Strangers: ten polished stories that took him just as many years to write. It’s a slim collection, just shy of 150 pages, but that in no way leaves you feeling…

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…