What I Read – February 2021

How to Pronounce Knife - Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)On Reading Well - Karen Swallow Prior (Brazos Press, 2018)Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà (Roseway Publishing, 2020)Eggshells - Caitriona Lally (Melville House, 2017)Indians on Vacation - Thomas King (Harper Collins Publishers, 2020)Salt Houses - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) Currently Reading: Tom Jones - Henry Fielding A… Continue reading What I Read – February 2021

Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Indians on Vacation - Thomas King (Harper Collins Publisher, 2020) Blackbird Mavrias, better known as Bird, and his wife Mimi Bull Shield are on vacation. Residents of Guelph (it's in Ontario, Canada), they have spent recent years travelling through Europe, sightseeing and exploring as tourists. They are ostensibly tracing the path of Mimi's Uncle, who… Continue reading Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

How to Pronounce Knife - Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) How to Pronounce Knife is the most recent winner of the Giller Prize, probably Canada's most prestigious literary award. It is a collection of short stories, a common thread running through of The Outsider. More specifically, these are stories that detail elements of the… Continue reading Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

A History of My Brief Body - Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton, 2020) It's clear from the beginning that this is not going to be a gentle book. Right away in his Preface: A Letter to Nôhkom, Belcourt says, "Nôhkom, I'm not safe. Canada is still in the business of gunning down NDNs...Despite the stories of… Continue reading Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

The First Annual Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge

There always seem to be a myriad of reading challenges to participate in in the book blogging and reading world. And while I often enjoy following along with the journeys of other book bloggers as they seek to fulfill these reading challenges, I'm not often drawn to participate in them myself. Primarily because I feel… Continue reading The First Annual Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge

Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Halfbreed - Maria Campbell (McClelland & Stewart, 2019) I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Halfbreed is a memoir by Maria Campbell, the story of her life from childhood into early adulthood. Originally published in 1973 this edition was re-released in 2019 with a new introduction and some… Continue reading Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Book Review: Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny - Mona Awad (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) What even is this book? I didn’t get it at all. And part me is a little embarassed to admit that because this is so clearly a book that's trying to say something and, yes, I get that it’s all a metaphor and kill your darlings and what… Continue reading Book Review: Bunny by Mona Awad

Book Review: Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Anansi, 2020 I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. It is on sale September 1, 2020 I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and have been sitting on it since then, attempting to formulate my thoughts… Continue reading Book Review: Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Book Review: Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote

Rebent Sinner - Ivan Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019) I first heard of Ivan Coyote when they did a reading on my university campus near the beginning of my first year. Since then Coyote's is a name that seems to come up frequently in CanLit circles. Rebent Sinner fits in well with the style and… Continue reading Book Review: Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote

Book Review: They Said This Would be Fun by Eternity Martis

They Said This Would Be Fun - Eternity Martis (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) I received an uncorrected proof of this book. All opinions are my own. It is available for purchase now. Eternity Martis moves from the large and culturally diverse city of Toronto to attend Western University in London, Ontario. What she finds there… Continue reading Book Review: They Said This Would be Fun by Eternity Martis