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Six Books I’m Rereading

First posted on Canadian Bookshelf canadianbookshelf.com/ The Man from the Creeks, Robert Kroetsch, 1998, New Canadian Library Kroetsch’s sudden death in June made me pick up his last novel once again. I came to it for the first time a … Continue reading

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Summer

The other evening we noticed a huge bumblebee take an interest in the underside of the porch railing, in the cavity left open by a missing spindle. We watched it investigate and then make itself at home, curling upside down … Continue reading

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Smart Girl

My daughter sent me back to the drawing board. “Think about what’s driving each character,” she said, after reading my attempt at a play. “What makes this night different from every other night?” The question gets asked every Passover and … Continue reading

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Daughter

I promised my daughter I would write her a play. The promise has been floating in the air for several years already, sincere but vague and open-ended. A few weeks ago I trotted out the promise once again because she’s … Continue reading

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Home

I arrived home several days ago to the old, ongoing question of how to get new writing done when the business of life occupies your mind. My father’s health took a nasty turn in my absence and my sister and … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail review of Alone in the Classroom

“Alone in the Classroom is meant to be read slowly, or even better, read twice. The story that unfolds, replete with poetry and punishment, passionate entanglements and incestuous love, and is even richer and more rewarding the second time around.” … Continue reading

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Notes from a book tour

How do you keep your head on straight during a book tour? Besides having regular little talks with your ego. I brought along the tiny volume of letters between Margaret Laurence and Gabrielle Roy. They wrote to each other starting … Continue reading

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The Pickle Me This review of Alone in the Classroom

Kerry Clare’s Pickle Me This is a highly regarded book blog full of thoughtful reviews and literary insights. A recent review describes Alone in the Classroom as, “An unsettling book, whose story goes where you don’t think it will, and … Continue reading

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Winnipeg Free Press review of Alone in the Classroom

“Like all of Hay’s earlier fiction, Alone in the Classroom is a novel that can be read solely for its language, for the author’s precise choice of words that make every landscape, every emotion and every reflection shimmer in colour … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun review of Alone in the Classroom

Elizabeth Hay, 2007 Giller Prize winner for Late Nights On Air, returns with her fourth novel, a rich story of interweaving human relationships and generations of a family …. If you’re new to Elizabeth Hay, Alone in the Classroom will … Continue reading

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