Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

God this was a funny book. The Figgs by Ali Bryan is absolutely hilarious, and I knew it would be, based on how much I enjoyed her first novel Roost, which also mines the hilarity of family, child-rearing, and the domestic sphere in general. The Figgs centers on a...
Book Review: The Unravelling by Clem Martini and Olivier Martini

Book Review: The Unravelling by Clem Martini and Olivier Martini

I’ll admit I was dreading reading this book. It’s a memoir based on the lives of Clem Martini, his brother Olivier Martini and their mother Catherine. It includes haunting, beautiful images drawn by Olivier, who suffers from schizophrenia (although based...
Book Review: At This Juncture by Rona Altrows

Book Review: At This Juncture by Rona Altrows

Whenever I personally know the author of a book I’m reviewing, I always like to state that outright. Rona Altrows and I are regular acquaintances in the Calgary literary scene, it’s a small industry here in cowtown so we inevitably run into each other at...
Book Review: The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson

Book Review: The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson

I think Will Ferguson is hilarious, in person and in writing. Full disclosure; he’s a Calgarian, so I get to see him around quite a bit, which is why I know he’s funny on and off and page. We’re not buds or anything, but I would comfortably call us...
Book Review: Jesus on the Dashboard by Lisa Murphy-Lamb

Book Review: Jesus on the Dashboard by Lisa Murphy-Lamb

I’ve got strange reading habits and preferences, I’m totally aware of that fact. One of these unique tendencies is the fact that I love coming-of-age books, but I don’t read a lot of YA (young adult). ‘When else are people coming of age?’...