Category Archives: Writing Criticism

This category is for book reviews and comments on author readings.

Nancy Huston’s Infrared wins the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Leah McLaren is one of my favourite Globe and Mail columnists. She is currently living in London, England, and in last Saturday’s Globe and Mail she wrote, in her usual barbed witty style, about what it was like to be a … Continue reading

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Fifty reasons not to read Fifty Shades of Grey (and some alternative suggestions)

First things first. This book doesn’t live up to its hype. It’s not very erotic. Also, the domination-submission theme that has been talked about so much is pretty tame, and practically nothing happens in that realm for hundreds of pages. … Continue reading

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Ode to Indian summer: reading John Keats’s “To Autumn”

The extended summer we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver reminded me of my favourite Keats poem, “To Autumn”. He wrote the poem on September 19, 1819, so I’m a few days late posting it here. As I reread the poem, I … Continue reading

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Lovers in a Dangerous Time: On the edge of my seat with writers Esi Edugyan, Gayla Reid and Antanas Sileika

24th Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, Granville Island Revue Stage, 10:30 a.m.  What a privilege it was to listen to Esi Edugyan, Gayla Reid and Antanas Sileika read from their latest work and discuss their writing process! All three … Continue reading

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