Monday, January 7, 2019


Katherena Vermette. THE BREAK. Anansi, 2016. 

Book Club selection for our January meeting. Style-wise, a tour de force, telling a story through a variety of POV, over four generations. Set in Winnipeg. Crime as a community wound. Identity. Grief. Heavy but uplifting. 

Monday, December 31, 2018


Ian Rankin. EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD. 2015.

Rebus is retired and consults on a case involving Big Ger and historic crime. Drives to Ullapool & stops to visit daughter and granddaughter. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Tanya Talaga. SEVEN FALLEN FEATHERS: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City. Anansi, 2017.

An incredible account of the loss of seven students from Northern Ontario attending high school in Thunder Bay. Precedes the inquiry about the TB police and police board. 

Monday, December 17, 2018


Helen Humphreys. COVENTRY. HarperCollins, 2008.

A story of Harriet and Maeve who meet at the beginning of WWI and reconnect the night Coventry is bombed. I felt as if I were right there with them. Yeats' "terrible beauty". 

Saturday, December 15, 2018


Wade Davis. The SACRED HEADWATERS: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass. Greystone, 2011.

I cheated a little on this coffee table book, reading only the photographs and captions. I am a great fan of Wade Davis' writing and this is local to British Columbia. 


Terese Marie Mailhot. HEART BERRIES: A Memoir. Doubleday, Canada, 2018.

December 15, 2018. I read this memoir a second time, as the writing is so dense, like poetry, with every word and phrase needing to be attended to. Very brave. And complicated. The dual and triple diagnoses, with mental illness complicated by racism and obsession. Anxiety-producing in that the reader worries/hopes the writer is well now. 

I was watching more closely this time for the subtle cultural references of Little Mountain Woman who goes to the river and the desert. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Richard Wagamese. STARLIGHT. M & S, 2018. 

An unfinished novel by the late Richard Wagamese. This is one of those books that you do not want to end, because you do not want to leave that place, and because you wish to hold off the intrusion of evil for as long as you possibly can. The way the publisher has chosen to finish the story makes it seem very modern, allowing the reader to participate, to choose, using biography and creative non-fiction as source material to add to the existing infrastructure. I also enjoy the poetic musings on nature and on art (Frank Starlight is a photographer.) 


Katherena Vermette. THE BREAK. Anansi, 2016.  Book Club selection for our January meeting. Style-wise, a tour de force , telling a story ...