An Irish Country Family

Posted on: November 27, 2020 at 10:47 am, in

      By Patrick Taylor With the current pandemic keeping us apart from those we love, I am finding it important to connect in other ways. My reading choices of late seek comfort and escape and this has led me back to old friends, Doctor Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly, and Dr. Barry Laverty, GPs of the […]

Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Posted on: November 16, 2020 at 4:27 pm, in

by Kathleen Rooney New York City, New Year’s Eve, 1984. A woman named Lillian Boxfish, about the same age as the century, has no particular place to be. Dressed in her favourite mink coat, she embarks on a miles-long stroll around lower Manhattan. The novel switches between Lillian’s encounters with ordinary New Yorkers and her […]

The Glass Hotel

Posted on: October 29, 2020 at 9:30 am, in

  The Glass Hotel By Emily St. John Mandel Vincent grows up in the fictional village of Caiette, just across the water from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.  Her tiny town has no road and is accessible only by water taxi. Her unusual name (for a girl) was given to her by her mother, […]

Children of Ash and Elm

Posted on: October 16, 2020 at 9:57 am, in

  by Neil Price I’m a gamer.  I play lots of video games, and one of my favourite series is Assassin’s Creed, a long and convoluted series of stories that are set in various historical time periods and places.  The games are meticulously researched: they go to great lengths to seek out the most recent […]

Migrations

Posted on: October 16, 2020 at 9:48 am, in

  by Charlotte McConaghy In a world robbed of rainforests and birdsong, ornithologist Franny Stone embarks to track the final migration of the Arctic terns, known for their unmatched resilience as the birds with the longest migration period – and also as the last birds on Earth. Prepared for the harsh venture to the northernmost […]

Sunny Days

Posted on: September 21, 2020 at 10:11 am, in

Book Review: Sunny Days by David Kamp Most of us, no matter how old (or young) we are, know about Sesame Street, the Muppets, and Mr. Rogers, among other children’s television staples. But who among us knows the beginnings of these shows that transformed children’s programming in the 1970s? David Kamp’s Sunny Days takes us […]

Moccasin Square Gardens

Posted on: July 13, 2020 at 9:22 am, in

by Richard Van Camp Many authors are known for just one type of fiction, but not Richard Van Camp. The award-winning novelist also pens comics, TV scripts (CBC’s ‘North of 60’), and is an internationally renowned storyteller. Steeped in the oral traditions of his people, the Tlicho (Tłı̨chǫ) of the Dene First Nations, Van Camp’s […]

The Weight of Ink

Posted on: July 2, 2020 at 10:39 am, in

by Rachel Kadish In our increasingly digital age, the value of the tangible written word that one can hold in their hands is often questioned. Yet as is shown in Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink, paper can prove to hold more than just words conveyable on a screen. This historical medley intertwines the lives […]

Humble Pi

Posted on: July 2, 2020 at 10:31 am, in

by Matt Parker I watch math videos on YouTube for fun.  For a lot of people that’s probably a strange concept.  Math has always been considered “hard”, and for the really advanced stuff, it is.  I’m not going to pretend that I understand a lot of it, but the idea that really strange things happen […]

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

Posted on: July 2, 2020 at 10:20 am, in

by Marisa de los Santos Reading a Marisa de los Santos novel is like listening to the most intricate of melodies, layered with exquisite detail that places you in the centre of the story. I have read every one of her novels and pick up each one in both anticipation and unspoken expectation. I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is the third […]