Category: Reading

Read my review of The Rules of the Kingdom

Happy to see my review of The Rules of the Kingdom by award-winning Canadian writer Julie Paul up on the Prairie Fire website.

Have you read this? Joyce Zonana’s Brilliant analysis of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In her 1975 manifesto, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” French feminist Hélène Cixous urges women to write: “Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. . . . Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the…

Hear, hear: Check out Halli Casser-Jayne’s podcast for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Halli Casser-Jayne is an engaging and insightful interviewer. In honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day last week she interviewed two talented authors of historical fiction about their most recent books: New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff (The Orphan’s Tale) and Jessica Shattuck (The Women…

Reading New Boy? Check out the soundtrack.

New Boy, the soundtrack: Let Roberta Flack, The Jackson Five and Three Dog Night transport you to 1974. Tracy Chevalier, author of nine brilliant novels, has created a soulful playlist to accompany New Boy, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. Check out other playlists, including one for Chevalier’s novel At…

Must-read books (from the TED Blog)

TED2017 begins on Monday in Vancouver, Canada, and will explore the theme “The Future You.” If the future you is anything like the future us, you are likely curled up in a big cushy chair right now, devouring the contents of a book that…

Tracy Chevalier, Shakespeare and the merits of historical fiction

Chevalier, like me, never set out to write historical fiction. In her talk, however, she shared some of the reasons why she was (and is) drawn to write about the past.

Not your typical book club

Over the Christmas holidays, while lounging at my in-laws’ home in Northern California, I saw a Facebook post about the Amnesty International Book Club. Intrigued, I clicked on the link and quickly signed up to go “beyond the book.”

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