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 […]

You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

At first this book falls in easily beside other comedic memoirs by Amy Poehler, Mindy Khaling, and Tina Fey. At first it reads like stream-of-consciousness, or really, like a stand-up routine, and I yearn for a hard edit and a more literary writer. But that’s only at first. You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other […]

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

  This novel feels to me like a poem or a painting. A story told under dim, forgiving lights with a record that never ends, wine that never empties. This novel is more like a feeling than a story; even though it is full of plot points, it rarely pushes with action. It pushes like […]