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.
Winner of the 2014 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, Sina Queyras’ MxT is a meditation on the themes of grief and loss.
Legendary portrait artist Don Bachardy is interviewed by Matthew Hays on his latest book, Hollywood, his collected renderings of Tinseltown filmmakers and actors.
Em is a big personality, wild and complex. Her wit is the bright spot in this contemporary tale of a Mumbai family coping with Em’s illness.
Sensual and fun, Lois Leveen’s novel Juliet’s Nurse is a bold reimagining of an iconic love story.
Writing about a city which has been the subject of not just modern literary narratives but of the subcontinent’s centuries-old erudite Urdu and Persian poets such as Ghalib, Mir and Amir Khusrow, could not have been easy. With diverse characters — from rich businessmen to aspirational, middle-class youth working and call-centre agents, Dasgupta manages to foreground, in original ways, Delhi’s transformational and often contradictory modernity.
Almost an unknown in the English speaking world, Patrick Modiano recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work which is inspired by disappearance, memory, and the German occupation of Paris. Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier, his most recent book, is an enigmatic, puzzling look at childhood memories with a surprising ending.
A review of Celia’s Song, by Lee Maracle (Cormorant Books)
In Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland, the crusty hero clings to the old Rock with an irrational tenacity. Sweetland is populated with vivid, distinctly drawn characters: Queenie Coffin, a chain-smoking agoraphobic who sits by the window of her house reading romance novels, the wild Priddle brothers, Irish twins who make piles of money in Fort Mac and then come home to drink it all away and the aptly named Loveless and his unfortunate cow.
Cult actress and writer Cookie Mueller is celebrated in Chloe Griffin’s book Edgewise
The juror of a book prize loved Kathleen Winter’s previous work so much that he commissioned this book.