From Yan Liang: Q & A with JJ Lee   > read more...

Monday 21 November 2011

JJ Lee is the author of GG-award nominated non-fiction book The Measure of a Man: A Father, A Son, and a Suit.

From Sophie Legrand : Q & A with Katherine Govier   > read more...

Tuesday 15 November 2011

I think landscape forms character. The people I write about are formed by a particular landscape. Maybe it’s harsh, maybe it’s dangerous, it affects what they are and who they are. I like to go and place myself in those landscapes.

            Katherine Govier in Matsumoto, Japan

From Judith Fitzgerald: Winning ReLits & Righteous Fitz Bitz   > read more...

Friday 11 November 2011

L-R:  Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit Founder Kenneth J. Harvery.

ReLit winners show off their rings: (L-R) Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey. (Photograph of ReLit Award recipients © 2011 John W. MacDonald. Used by written permission. All rights reserved. Duplication, reproduction, storage, or transmission of this work in whole or in part in any medium without the express written permission of its copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Just so you know, y'know?)

The Quebec “Nobel” goes to novelist Victor-Lévy Beaulieu   > read more...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Now 67, VLB is in the process of reissuing his complete works. His plan is to publish 666 copies of each work, seeing that as the number of real readers he can count on in Quebec.

From Helen Lyttelton: Film review – Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive   > read more...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Ambiguous, evocative and sometimes terrifyingly violent, Drive is worth the watch.

From Ruth Gruenthal: Emma Bovary, Bourgeois Heroine   >

Wednesday 9 November 2011

It is one of my principles that one must not write about oneself. The artist should be like God in creation, invisible and all-powerful; so that one can feel him everywhere, but see him not at all.  -- Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

Of Shakespeare, Anonymous, and Muriel Spark   >

Friday 4 November 2011

Shakespeare is – let us put it this way – the least English of English writers.
The typical quality of the English is understatement, saying a little less than what you see. In contrast, Shakespeare tended toward the hyperbolic metaphor, and it would come to us as no surprise to learn that Shakespeare had been Italian, or Jewish, for instance.

                                                                                                       -- Jorge Luis Borges 1979

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London.



From Yoko Morgenstern: A Blue Fish   >

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Literary non-fiction from Yoko Morgenstern.

Photo: Danny Stoecker

Poet and psychiatrist Joël des Rosiers wins Quebec’s national literary prize   > read more...

Tuesday 1 November 2011

In addition to being a gifted poet and a practicing psychiatrist, Des Rosiers is a courageous and open-minded gentleman for whom I have great respect. This, as we all know, has nothing much to do with literary merit, most of the time. I mention it because it gives me even more reason to rejoice that Quebec has chosen to celebrate Joël des Rosiers and his work with its highest literary honour.

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