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REVIEW: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

I loved Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, and went on to devour her Jackson Brodie mystery series and her earlier novels, such as Behind the Scenes at theMuseum.  But I was thrilled to see that with A God In Ruins, she has revisited the characters from the Tod family of Life After Life.  The earlier […]

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Bookish Wisdom

“A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind: they are its necessity.” Toni Morrison PEN Anthology 2009

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Event Overview: WORDTASTING TOUR 2015

On Sunday, May 10th, we hosted the Calgary edition of WordTasting Tour 2015, as presented by Asymmetrical Press, The Minimalists, and Exile Lifestyle. If you missed it, the store was filled to capacity, with a last-minute second show added on for those who didn’t make it in the door the first time. Here’s a recap of […]

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DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher

My travel companions got quite irritated with me – the guffaws, chuckles and giggles — the gasps of amused recognition.  Does one have to be a recovered academic to enjoy Dear Committee Members? Well, I guess it has a particular resonance for those who can appreciate a line like this, in one of the endless […]

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ELLEN IN PIECES by Caroline Adderson

It’s hard not to love Ellen, the central character in Caroline Adderson’s new novel. She’s cranky, 48, not a fashion model. She has problematic kids, a suicidal dad, odd friends, a messily ongoing divorce, tons of regrets and unquenchable hope. She even gets to have a wonderful much younger lover, if only for a while. […]

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