Alice Munro

A Professor’s Affair With Her Student

In “Hiddensee” by Michelle Hart, a woman and a girl find beauty in misery<p>Issue №291<p>AN INTRODUCTION BY HALIMAH MARCUS<p>Michelle Hart’s “Hiddensee” is …

Canadian Literature

Greta Gerwig’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i></i><i>has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture.</i> …

Entertainment

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, …

Books

Cat Person going viral shows how rare it is to explore women’s interior lives

The New Yorker short story encapsulates the dynamics of the #MeToo discussion, where at last the voices of women’s experiences are being heard<p>It is not every day that a short story goes viral. Indeed, it is not every day that many people pay attention to short stories at all. As a form, in Britain …

Opinion

"Cat Person," the Short Story That Everyone on the Internet Has Been Talking About for the Last 72 Hours

by Christopher FrizzelleIt's called "Cat Person," but it begins with a flirtation over Red Vines, and there are no cats in it. Getty ImagesOver the …

Seattle

'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight

Male authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime of writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …<p>Do you know what the literary tea towel is? It’s an Irish phenomenon that …

Books

What makes a Canadian? Michelle Rempel has no idea

There was a staged Conservative attack on Thursday on whether Canada’s study guide for citizenship exams should retain a warning against female …

Tim Hortons

50 Best Inspirational Quotes About Life, Change and Success

Here are the Best Inspirational Quotes to help you tap into your full potential! We only have one life and at times life can seem short. But let’s be …

Motivation

Getting the book-bee bug creates a lasting inner life

Columnist Uzma Jalaluddin is drawn to a bookcase like a moth to a flame and is hopeful that a love of reading will be passed down to her sons.<p>I love …

Books

The Twenty-five Most-Read New Yorker Archive Stories of 2017

The year 2017 will be remembered for many things; one of them may be the way that, for so many of us, the news cycle seemed to speed up. Even so, readers found their way to <i>The New Yorker’s</i> archive in droves, discovering classic pieces that have remained or even grown more compelling with the …

Culture

The Nobel Prize: Women aren't getting the credit they deserve

When this year’s Nobel prize-winners gather in Stockholm and Oslo on Dec. 10, not one of the 11 laureates will be a woman.The 2017 Peace Prize is …

Literature

WNYC Suspends Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz

Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two of New York’s most popular and longest tenured radio hosts, were placed on leave by New York Public Radio on Wednesday as the company investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct.<p>Mr. Lopate, 77, has been a host on WNYC, which is owned by New York …

New York City

Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity

In July 2010, I travelled to Fernie, British Columbia, for a ten-day stint as a fiction instructor at a summer writing school. On the final evening, …

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg

One thing you could always say for me: I was a finisher. I may not have been a great reader, but by God I was dogged, and if I made it through the …

Books

What’s New on Showtime: December 2017

<i>At the beginning of (and during) every month, Showtime adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for</i> …

Entertainment

Laurie Ann Doyle cultivates her passion for the short story

Everyone in Laurie Ann Doyle’s debut short-story collection is searching for something — a man for his brother, a woman for her son’s birth mother, a …

Authors

COLUMN: Season’s readings at the library

<b>By Frances Thomson, Fraser Valley Regional Library</b><p>Christmas is traditionally a time for families to get together to visit, eat, laugh, celebrate and …

Christmas

A New Story by the Master of Hardboiled Detective Fiction

“About half of the fiction I have written has had to do with crime, though, curiously, I was some time getting the hang of the detective story.”<p>The …

Popular Fiction

Top 10s | Page 5 of 36 | Books | The Guardian

Authors choose their favourite books on their chosen theme<p>Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>Published: 7:15 AM<p>From Moby-Dick to Mr Ripley, the best stories of pursuit provide both …

Books

Take refuge from a house full of holiday cheer in a perfect short story

For the next six weeks, Americans will be stuffing themselves into a stupor, making their lists (then checking them twice) and caving in to consumption. To make it through a season that somehow demands both extreme productivity and wine-soaked lethargy, consider adding one more item to your list: a …

Books

Helen Garner, Peter Carey and Alexis Wright on what they're reading in November

In our monthly round-up of Australian books, Richard Fidler, Alex Miller and Fiona Wright talk up their new releases – and the ones they’re looking forward to<p><b>Helen Garner</b><i><br>Stories and True Stories</i><br>Text Publishing<p><b>Your books in your words:</b> The stories that make up these two books have been spread all …

Books

Biography of a Canadian writer

. About Merilyn Simonds, Briefly .<p>Merilyn Simonds is the author of seventeen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, <i>The Convict Lover</i>, a …

Literature

Tessa Hadley: The Rainbow changed my life – DH Lawrence is a life force

The writer on the brilliance of Colm Tóibín and Alice Munro and why she isn’t ashamed not to have read Brave New World<p><b>The book I am currently reading</b><p>I’m rereading Proust’s <i>Swann’s Way</i>, in the Scott Moncrieff translation; I had a craving for luxuriant digressiveness. I’ve just arrived at the pink …

Books

Alice Munro Country: Madeleine Thien's short story about a young Cambodian refugee’s move to Goderich, Ont.

Sometimes, in the stories, it was called Walley, sometimes Tuppertown or Wawanash. But no matter its fictional name, the towns – Goderich, Wingham, Clinton – could be guessed. The salt mine or lake port or boot factory, some singular detail of the area, and the identity would slip through. Mina …

Canadian Literature

Joan Silber is America’s own Alice Munro — and her new novel shows why

I love Joan Silber’s fiction, and I love “Improvement,” her new novel. Alas, one of the least interesting things a critic can do about a book is like it. People like marmite, and Los Angeles, and the musical “Cats.” People like Donald Trump. <i>De gustibus non est disputandum,</i> the Romans said, in their …

Entertainment

The Pain Woman: A Conversation with Barbara Gowdy

<i>CANADIAN LITERATURE does not have the immediate appeal of the “exotic” that some readers might be searching for when they stray from the comfort of</i> …

Books

Elana Rabinovitch ready to write the Giller Prize’s next chapter: Govani

She’s got the legacy on her shoulders, and the seating charts in her clasp.<p>Set to make her debut on the third Monday of November, at the country’s …

Books

Transit tells the story of a recently divorced woman rebuilding her life

Faye is in the midst of a home renovation—just as she's undergoing a major personal transformation.<p><i>Transit</i> is the second installment of Rachel Cusk’s …

Books

Dee Rees wanted to make ‘an old-fashioned movie’ and ended up with an Oscar contender

At the Middleburg Film Festival in October, the director Dee Rees had tears in her eyes. Her movie “Mudbound” had just brought a packed ballroom to its feet and, even though she had been on tour for several weeks with the film — a sprawling historical drama about two families, one African American, …

Lifestyle

Get To Know Sarah Polley, The Hollywood Outsider Behind ‘Alias Grace’

The writer, director, and actress is a Canadian icon<p>Last Friday, Netflix debuted its latest blockbuster series, an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel <i>Alias Grace</i>. The six-part miniseries follows an Irish immigrant, played by Sarah Gadon, who moves to Canada in 1843, only to be accused of …

TV