Book Review: Arrival, The Story of CanLit, by Nick Mount

The best books, Somerset Maugham once quite rightly insisted, are enjoyable to read. By this measure, Arrival: The Story of CanLit is a virtuoso performance. It’s fun, not at all academic. It’s informative – many of the most important works in the Canadian canon are … Continue readingBook Review: Arrival, The Story of CanLit, by Nick Mount

Flannery O’Connor, Rebecca Rosenblum, Nam Le and Anne Enright: On the Short Story

First appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal The following is based on a series of separate audio interviews conducted with writers Rebecca Rosenblum, Nam Le and Anne Enright for The Biblio File, a radio program/podcast hosted by Nigel Beale. During each interview three people … Continue readingFlannery O’Connor, Rebecca Rosenblum, Nam Le and Anne Enright: On the Short Story

Collecting Publishers’ Biographies and Publishing Histories

How Neglected Literature can Yield Unexpected Treasures First appeared in LOGOS. ‘Collect what excites you’ is the best piece of wisdom anyone who loves books can ever impart.  I’ve been doling it out for decades;  extraordinary, though, how long it’s taken for me to actually … Continue readingCollecting Publishers’ Biographies and Publishing Histories

Isn’t To Autumn about – Autumn?

Photo Source: National Portrait Gallery, London. Tom Paulin’s minute analysis of Keats’s great poem is so suffused in his own ideology that he completely misses the poem’s very obvious subject Some may contend that Tom Paulin’s recent Marxist reading of To Autumn in the Guardian helped … Continue readingIsn’t To Autumn about – Autumn?