Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

For a long while, if ever someone forced me to pick a favourite author, I would say J. D. Salinger. I love the simplicity of his sentences. I love the way he conveys annoyance and miscommunication within scenes. I love that he hates phoneys. Franny and Zooey was always my least-favourite Salinger, but I thought […]

Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel

This book is a gift. The more I read, the more I wondered why Chelsea Vowel was giving it to us ignoramus colonizers. We clearly don’t deserve it. We’ve been taught these lessons a million times over the last 150 years and we continue to be racist assholes, and yet Indigenous people continue to patiently […]

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Birdie tells the story of a young Cree woman from her childhood on reserve in Northern Alberta, through foster care and street life in Edmonton, to young adulthood in coastal BC where years of piled-up trauma force her into a near-coma. It also tells the story of “Canada 150” with the band-aid pulled off, all […]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed is Margaret Atwood’s modern re-telling of The Tempest, part of a series of Shakespeare reinterpretations by best-selling authors. Atwood sets hers in a prison theater program, with a disgraced director who used to run a Stratford-like festival. The novel is faithful and creative in its interpretation of Shakespeare, giving laymen an appreciation for The […]