Week 9: Arvida by Samuel Archibald

20 pages into Arvida–Samuel Archibald’s Giller nominated book of short stories–I knew it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t that Archibald was a bad writer; clearly he’s talented. It wasn’t that his ideas weren’t interesting; one of them was about a group of retired Montreal Canadiens playing against local hockey players who never made it to the NHL. That shit is my jam. […]

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Week 8: Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline is the first of five Giller-nominated books I’m reviewing before the winner is crowned on November 10th. In it, a woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets […]

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Novellas in November

My annual celebration of the publishing industry’s bastard child, the novella. Throughout the month I’ll be reading as many as I can in the hopes of finding a few forgotten gems. Please come along and do the same. Short stories and novels get enough press these days. It’s time to give the middle child some attention. […]

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