A Few of My Favourite Things

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The first snowfall came a couple of weeks ago and with it, enough ice and wind to bring Nova Scotia Power to its knees. As busy as keeping the fire in the woodstove going, and scooping up buckets of snow to melt for flushing the toilet kept me, there was a blissful quiet that fell over my home, my little …

Fiction. I get it!

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I got pencils. I got paper. I got fiction. Who could ask for anything more? Not Alice Munro. Beaming, with yet another story to tell, she accepted her second Giller Prize– this time for her short story collection, Runaway. Pregnant with floating rose petals and Mary Walsh’s crimson, cinched-nine-ways-to-Christmas-bustier, this year’s gala was more glitzy and glammed-up then ever. Aside …

Who Only Stand and Wait

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On the eve of the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair, writers here and there around the world are steeling themselves for the wait. (They whisper soft wishes to themselves as they clean closets, lift jar after jar after jar of homemade preserves and pickles out of a boiling pot of water, or make strained attempts to begin the next …