Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, in French: L'Élégance du hérisson, is written by the French novelist and professor of philosophy Muriel Barbery. The book follows the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose hidden intelligence is discovered by no one save a precocious twelve year-old girl named Paloma Josse who lives in the same building.... Continue Reading →

Interview with Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill is the author of the story collection Sleeping Funny, which won the City of Hamilton Award for Fiction, and of the story “Petitions to Saint Chronic,” which won the McClelland & Stewart/Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Hill is the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, the organization building Canada’s literary... Continue Reading →

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

Grief is a difficult subject matter, even though we all experience it at one time or another. I wasn’t really expecting to see it being dealt with so prominently in Sharon Shinn’s Troubled Waters. Zoe Arderlay has lived in exile with her father for ten years. After he passes away, she is whisked away to... Continue Reading →

Interview with Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change. In 2002, she received the... Continue Reading →

Interview with Alexander MacLeod

Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame and McGill, and currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University. MacLeod presents a reading from his celebrated first collection of stories, Light Lifting, which offers a suite of darkly urban... Continue Reading →

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