Friday, March 05, 2010

A Gathering of Links

Just a quick post today to share a few of the interesting and exciting bookish links I've been looking at lately.


First, I am so thrilled that the winner of this year's Kobzar Literary Award is Randall Maggs, for his poetic biography of Terry Sawchuk, Night Work: the Sawchuk Poems. I love this book, and not just because of the Ukrainian connection, even if that is what made it eligible for the Kobzar Award, a function of the Canadian Shevchenko Foundation. I was lucky enough to be able to bring Randall (and his wonderful publisher, Brick Books) to my library in January as a part of Hockey Day in Canada celebrations; the reading was fascinating and Randall Maggs himself an inexhaustible source of great stories, told with humour and a bit of sting. Congratulations to both Randall and Brick Books for their success!


In other bookish news, the Canada Reads debates are set to go as of Monday; you can follow along with the debates on CBC Radio or their youtube channel.

If you are more into Canada Also Reads, well, you can read all the essays defending the book choices and then vote for your pick (you can do that now, and you do not have to be Canadian to participate!) Our own blogging Canadian Book Challenge host, John Mutford, is defending Steve Zipp's Yellowknife which I know many of those participating in the Challenge have read. There are also other blog favourites in the lineup, like Cathy Marie Buchanan's The Day the Falls Stood Still, and Jessica Grant's Come, Thou Tortoise. Take a look, if nothing else you will find fabulous reading suggestions. These are the three titles I've already read, and I am currently approaching Jocelyne Allen's You and the Pirates as well as the online edition of Stacey May Fowles' Fear of Fighting.

* here are my reviews of the ones I have read:

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant


And now, two of my favourites things in one story, Alexander McCall Smith and his tea addiction! He explains in this article why we should drink tea:

A person who is troubled in heart can drink tea and for a moment feel happier about life. A person who is happy with his lot can drink it and perhaps think about those who are not quite so happy. Members of Parliament may drink it – at our expense – and not feel too guilty.

And he points out why it is necessary to carry tea making implements with one when one travels (especially to America). It is a charming and amusing essay, an ode to my favourite beverage by one of my favourite authors.

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