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Patrick Blennerhassett - Monument -  Interview

Patrick Blennerhassett – Monument – Interview

LP: Monument’s characters are heavy drinking, drug abusing, amoral, racist, violent, misogynist young men yet somehow the reader remains interested rather than simply repelled by the characters. Was this a challenge when writing the book? PB: Definitely, I wanted people to be torn about cheering for Seth in particular. I wanted him to be an [...]

Miriam Toews - The Flying Troutmans and Dede Crane - The Cult of Quick Repair

Miriam Toews – The Flying Troutmans and Dede Crane – The Cult of Quick Repair

A double bill at Victoria’s Alix Goolden Hall had Victoria writer Dede Crane leading off with a reading from her new short story collection The Cult Of Quick Repair followed by award winning Winnipeg novelist Miriam Toews reading from her new novel The Flying Troutmans. Toews last novel A Complicated Kindness won the Governor-General’s Award. [...]

Interview: Ken McGoogan - Race To The Polar Sea

Interview: Ken McGoogan – Race To The Polar Sea

LP: You have a new book coming out any day now called Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures and Romantic Obsessions of Elisha Kent Kane. What can you tell us about this book? KM: Race to the Polar Sea tells the story of Elisha Kent Kane, a nineteenth-century explorer who sailed north in [...]

Top 10 Canadian Novels For Canada Day

Thirty years after the National Conference on the Canadian Novel in Calgary picked the 100 most important works of fiction in Canada, the Globe and Mail has five experts pick their top ten Canadian novels. The 1978 Calgary conference also picked their top ten. They were: The Stone Angel (1964) Margaret Laurence. Fifth Business (1970) [...]