Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! Sept.5. Cake, beverages. Launch 7:15 pm. (NOWW AGM 6:30.)

Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! Sept.5. Cake, beverages. Launch 7:15 pm. (NOWW AGM 6:30.)
Prize Winning Stories from NOWW

Friday, November 9, 2007

WHAT ARE WE READING???

Gwen O’Reilly from the Northern Women’s Centre writes: Lullabies for Little Criminals was amazing. A powerful story, not a whiff of sentimentality, still managing to portray both the despair and resiliency of a remarkable, ordinary child. This book is up for the G.G.

Gwen described Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson Dargatz as not bad, a bit of a ghost story. Not as good as Cure for Death by Lightening, but the story of that family is continued in this book.

Glen Ponka, local writer and science fiction buff gave 4 stars to Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border (Bone, Book 5) by Jeff Smith He gave 5 stars to Rose by the same author. Smith seems to be a favoured author. Glen liked both Treasure Hunter and Ghost Circles and several others by the same writer. All are four star books, he says.

Margaret Phillips of The Northern Women’s Bookstore loved the winner of the Giller, Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. "One of my best reads this year." We learn the stories of six people who work at a radio station in the Yellowknife. “Highly recommended.” You can pickup the entire list of Margaret’recommendations at the book store.

Ulrich Wendt, the Winnipeg poet and former Thunder Bay resident, says none of his books are current. “The one I'm reading now is The End of Faith by Sam Harris. It's in the same league as the Hitchens book, (God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens) an attack on organized religion and on irrational belief. I’m also reading "Now You Care" poems by Di Brandt. She's wonderful. If you Google her name, you can hear her reading one of her poems.

I’m finishing up Cheating at Canasta by the great Irish short story writer, William Trevor. Some say Trevor is the best short story writer in English today; others claim the crown for or own great Alice M. Is one better than the other?? Hard to say as they differ stylistically and explore different subject matter. Or do they? The title story reminded me of Alice’s story, “The Bear Went over the Mountain” which was made into a marvellous movie, Away from You.

I lvoe to get posts about what people are reading. Leave a comment.

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