The Magical Realism of Life of Pi

The Magical Realism of Life of Pi
Review by Margie Taylor

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Short Story writers take Literary Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay's Marion Agnew hits the jackpot with a sizzling and provocative short story published in the latest edition of Prairie Fire. Cass is a member of AA, a street smart woman with a big heart. We walk with her as she tries to make sense of her life.  A tough, interesting story.  Agnew writes swift, strong prose that captures the reader.  Available at Chapters and Northern Women's Bookstore.

Colette Maitland sends us a note.   Hi Joan and Lit Thunder Bayers
Here's a link for y'all where you can find one of my stories from the linked collection of stories called SNAFU -- http://prairiejournal.org/stories.html This story was a finalist for hard-copy version of The Prairie Journal, but then they found they didn't have enough room for it. FYI: The Prairie Journal has just begun to publish content on its website, both poetry and fiction. They are particularly interested in publishing longer bits of fiction on their website. Enjoy.

Colette Maitland, one of Canada's premier writers of short fiction, tells the story of a little boy in the 1960's who has his own concerns at school while the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King create a disconcerting back drop to his life.  Colette's  story is called The Changing of the Guard, an apt title.  Available on line at Prairie Journal.

The Prisoners of War, written by Joan Baril, is based on a true event.  In World War II, German prisoners of war were allowed to work on local farms around Thunder Bay.  Martin Mueller (fictional character) is sent from Neys POW Camp to a local dairy farm and his life becomes entangled with the two women who run the farm and a young POW farm hand.  The conflict overseas suddenly destroys their quiet rural lives, making them all prisoners of  the war.
The story will be published in the spring edition of The New Orphic Review published in Nelson BC.

The magazine NorthWord declared "Sin" to be the theme of an upcoming editionJoan Baril's short comic story, If I Had a Hammer, will introduce readers to two larcenous Sunday School girls. Sin means nothing to them.

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