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  • Book reviews: Anxiety explored in two new novels for teens

    Book reviews: Anxiety explored in two new novels for teens

    The Goat by Anne Fleming (Groundwood Books) For the residents, the rumour of a goat living atop their New York apartment building is merely a fanciful urban legend. Not so, though, to the mountain goat who is among the cast of narrators in Vancouver author Anne Fleming’s wistful, whimsical debut middle grade novel, The Goat. […]
  • Ackerman's Holy Fools is a wild ride

    Ackerman's Holy Fools is a wild ride

    Francis Peter Wright — he goes by his middle name — is a troubled young man. When we first meet the unsympathetic yet somehow likeable hero of the title novella of Marianne Ackerman’s new collection Holy Fools + 2 Stories (Guernica Editions, 183 pp, $20), Peter is alone in his gloomy ground-floor Plateau apartment, where […]
  • In Appreciation: Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014

    In Appreciation: Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014

    I first met Mavis Gallant in February 1988 when I was sent to Paris by the Citizen for the Degas exhibition, curated by Jean Sutherland Boggs, which would open the new National Gallery building on Sussex Drive. I had read and re-read Mavis Gallant’s stories and hoped she would agree to an interview. She suggested we meet for lunch at Chez Josephine on rue Cherche Midi, close to her apartment.
  • Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story diminished by wishy-washiness

    Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story diminished by wishy-washiness

    I met Rob Ford once, if you can even call it that. I spotted the licence plate first: “ROB FORD,” in blue block letters, and “YOURS TO DISCOVER” below it, on a dull minivan turning onto a side street a few blocks from my apartment in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood.

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