Poet Zachariah Wells isn’t one to shy away from an argument. His collection of critical writing Career Limiting Moves is at once pugnacious, hilarious, and illuminating.
Much news from the book publishing industry is dire. Here’s an exciting exception, and it’s 100 per cent Montreal. Great translation ideas and more fiction.
Whether from Montreal or the world beyond, the spring books lineup features burgeoning stars as well as veterans who’ve kept us waiting for more. Adam Lawrence picks his top 10.
No relation to the infamous title it shares, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle is a humane, beautifully crafted literary meditation on the deeper meaning of ordinary.
Brilliant, Denise Roig’s new collection of short stories, reflects the dazzling, sometimes dark, fascination of Abu Dhabi.
The last part of a trilogy that began with the epic Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie Macdonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, offers an intimate portrait of a troubled past.
Julie Paul’s writing has an edge. Humour, sensuality, and a healthy measure of darkness lend the stories in The Pull of the Moon an emotional veracity.
Hip yet snarkily critical of hipness, Elyse Friedman’s The Answer to Everything is a breathtaking balancing act that’s laced with humour.
To immerse oneself in Haruki Murakami’s latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tamaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage, is to indulge in pure literary luxury. Not so colorless after all.
Limbo offers an unusually frank and unromantic view of life in contemporary Italy and a new perspective of the ongoing military engagement in Afghanistan.
These two small poetry books, both bilingual editions, carry far greater impact than their diminutive size might suggest.
Like the central character in these stories, Mireille Silcoff had to lie in bed with her head lower than her chest, trying to keep her brain from colliding with her skull.
In Palawan Story, a recent finalist for the Concordia University First Book Prize, Caroline Vu chronicles pain, love and loss.
Reviewer John Delacourt spots characters “condemned to the margins” in Marianne Ackerman’s new short fiction. Here’s his review published in the Ottawa Review of Books.
Can one still write without irony about Love, Faith and Destiny in an idyllic southern Ontario? Apparently so, if your name is André Alexis and you wrote a book called Pastoral.