Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Peter Robinson. CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION. Hodder, 2013.

I think my favourite D.C.I. Banks story yet. The body of a disgraced university professor is found on the tracks beneath a bridge, with an envelope containing 5K pounds in its pocket. Banks is warned off pursuing a line of inquiry which involves a local lady. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Michael Ondaatje. The CAT's TABLE. Vintage, 2011.

Inspired by re-reading ANIL'S GHOST, I wanted to read this story of 11-year-old Michael's 21-day voyage on the Oronsay from Ceylon to London to reunite with his mother. It reads like memoir with subtle shifts into the future and how it was/is informed by the past. Also wanted to read this, waiting in a pile for several months, so that I am ready to read WARLIGHT which sounds so good. 


Michael Ondaatje. HANDWRITING. McClelland & Stewart, 1998.

Re-reading a favourite. Now I see how it is such a source for Anil's Ghost.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Michael Ondaatje. ANIL'S GHOST. Vintage, 2000.

You know how you wake from a dream and you don't remember the details but you remember how you enjoyed being in it? That's what I felt about my first reading of Anil's Ghost. I enjoyed it, but could not remember any details (except it was about a female forensic anthropologist working in Sri Lanka during internal political strife). After re-reading this novel for book club, I still like it. Enjoyed a vicarious trip to Sri Lanka. Enjoyed a female protagonist who has a work and family and love history not dependent on some man. Enjoyed the importance of art and spirituality to the plot. And am reminded again of how lucky we are here in Canada where opposing factions as of yet are not going at each other with grenades, machetes, and guns. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Rita Moir. BUFFALO JUMP: A Woman's Travels. Coteau 1999. 

Love this Canadian non-fiction about writing, women's stories, and travelling territory so familiar to me--#3 highway past Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to Medicine Hat, driving side roads to Winnipeg and beyond. Love the image of her writing meandering like the old Assiniboine River with its braids, oxbows, and wide deep valleys. Love the motif of the buffalo and putting on the skin, the robes, the clothes of the past. Love the truth that "the voices won't come to you unless you sleep alone." Sigh. 

Friday, June 15, 2018


Donna Gannon. CONVICTIONS: Journey Beyond Innocence. 

Hearing the writer read from her novel CONVICTION at the Chilliwack Book Man Local Writers Festival inspired me to order the book and read it on Kindle. So convenient, and fast. The story follows Shelley as her common-law husband is investigated, tried, convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison. Shelley's job as a social worker / counsellor, along with the tribulations of the step-children, and the traumas of her own family including her younger brother, occupy her emotional energy. It does seem to me that professionals with this type of training must struggle to separate private and professional boundaries, always shouldering the burden of being the one with the answers who is expected to "fix" things for everyone else. Or, at least, to help them fix things for themselves. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Harry Rasky. The Song of Leonard Cohen. Mosaic, 2001.

An account of interactions between filmmaker Rasky and singer songwriter Cohen while making a film of a concert tour. Some insights in the poet's answers to probing questions. Additional information about an aborted film of Dylan in the early '70s. This slim volume will take its place along my 'sacred texts' shelf. 


Peter Robinson. CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION . Hodder, 2013. I think my favourite D.C.I. Banks story yet. The body of a disgraced university...