Tuesday, September 30 2014
Stapled onto an ephemeral present shaped by Lexus cars, Twitter, and transformational training, Murakami engages with timeless themes in his latest colourful tale.
Jam Gallahue and her English classmates are given journals to keep. But when they begin writing, something strange happens.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
The YA crowd is full of articulate, well-read, hungry hyenas. They'll rip my lungs out for this. They'll crucify me. They'll leave my corpse in a ditch.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction.
Monday, March 17 2014
Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.
Friday, September 13 2013
The documentary Salinger does a decent job of filling in the blanks of the writer's already examined life. What it doesn't do is answer the most important question surrounding the scribe's life. Why?
Monday, May 30 2011
Ours (Canadians) is not an in-your-face passion-filled ‘clutch your breast in pride’ existence. We are but a country of high hopes and slow lopes, of lofty dreams and starry visions, of mighty pragmatism and irreproachable logic.
Thursday, June 17 2010
We've all done it -- bought a book based on a good review, passed over another because of a bad review. But why do reviews affect us? And how do they do it?
Tuesday, June 15 2010
Is the internet killing book reviews? Will blog reviews soon replace the long lengthy columns we've come to love in the New York Times? As a reviewer, will I no longer find neat, book-shaped packages in my mailbox?
Wednesday, April 14 2010
Do pop culture references in contemporary YA and literary fiction hinder the longevity and relevance of modern writing?