Monthly Archives: May 2013

Patisserie Lebeau, Vancouver.

Any time. This is been my favourite bakery for almost as long as I can remember. Olivier and Penny Lebeau feel like old friends, although I know hundreds of their regulars are on a first-name basis. They moved from their … Continue reading

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Olive and Anchor, Horseshoe Bay.

Spring, 2013 When you suffer the small catastrophe of missing a ferry to Langdale or Nanaimo you’ve got time on your hands. And if it’s lunch or dinner time, the choices are few. Anyone who’s tried the formerly reliable Troll’s recently … Continue reading

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Illustrados. Miguel Syjuco.

Syjuco, Miguel. Illustrados. Hamish Hamilton Canada. F; 1/11. This is the only book I can remember starting to read a second time. I stopped the second reading when I read some online reviews and realized that my perplexity was shared … Continue reading

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Sh*t My Dad Says. Justin Halperin.

Halperin, Justin. Sh*t My Dad Says. !t Books (Harper Collins) New York. F; 1/11. A friend gave me this, saying it was terribly funny. It’s very short, and yes, it’s in the comedy genre. But it ends up pulling on … Continue reading

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Fishtailing. Wendy Philips.

Philips, Wendy. Fishtailing. Coteau, Regina F (poetry); 1/11. I swore out loud when I opened this, having bought it thinking it was a novel, and discovering it to be a narrative poem with big print and a lot of blank … Continue reading

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Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada. Alan Casey.

Casey, Alan. Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada. Greystone Vancouver. NF; 1/11. I bought this because the author is a Greystone “colleague”, who however is successful, and won the Governor General’s Literary Award. “He’s a beautiful writer” my editor … Continue reading

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The Sentimentalists. Wendy Skibsrud.

Skibsrud, Wendy. The Sentimentalists. Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver and Toronto. F; 2/11. Once again, I came pretty close to quitting this book halfway through. The problem is a dense, demanding diction. It’s hard to tell whether this is a literary … Continue reading

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