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Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill

This is the most entertaining collection of short stories that I can recall reading: I am not someone who gravitates towards short story collections but once I started this one I actually wanted to continue and that is very unusual. In fact, I don’t think it has ever happened to me.

In The Gypsy and […]

The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta

I sat down just to sample this book because my library copy had 75 holds on it and I thought I should get started if I intended to finish on time. It was a finalist for the 2013 Scotia Bank Giller Prize and I had waited three and a half months to get it from […]

Caught by Lisa Moore

“He lay there, flat on his back, chest hammering, looking at the stars.  It was as far as he had been from the Springhill penitentiary since the doors of that institution admitted him four years before.  It was not far enough.

He’d heaved himself off the ground and started running.

This was Nova Scotia and […]

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Note from Wikipedia: A minister without portfolio is either a government minister with no specific responsibilities or a minister who does not head a particular ministry. The sinecure is particularly common in countries ruled by coalition governments and a cabinet with decision making authority wherein a minister without portfolio, while he or she may not head any particular office or ministry, does have the right to […]

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

“Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. It is also observed in other areas with regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude. ” (All items in quotation marks […]