The Ghost of a Place — The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood

Toronto is a city I know well. As a child and teenager growing up a couple of hours west of this metropolis, it was the go-to "big city," the place where you could shop for fancy things, eat special food, go to galleries, museums, concerts, clubs. As an adult, I lived in Toronto for a … Continue reading The Ghost of a Place — The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood

“There is always another side, always”: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

On the heels of my Brontë reading extravaganza, I finally picked up Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and pushed through the sad animal deaths in the beginning chapters. And am I ever glad that I did. The book is a beautiful, complicated wonder. It tells the story of Mr. Rochester's first wife (Bertha Mason in … Continue reading “There is always another side, always”: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Mixed Feelings about Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A little cozy noir for your autumn reading pleasure, anyone? I feel like fall is the perfect time for this particular genre, with its leanings towards the shadowy, the subversive, the underworld. Even the name noir feels like it pairs well with shorter days and the smell of woodsmoke and decaying leaves. With that in … Continue reading Mixed Feelings about Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Storytelling, Magic, and a Whole Lotta Heart: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

There's nothing like some good fantasy and some deeply engaging storytelling for the depths of the summer, in my humble opinion. And my latest good read not only combines both of those things, but also has a true heart of gold. The book I'm talking about is Elatsoe, by Darcie Little Badger. Hot Tip: Always … Continue reading Storytelling, Magic, and a Whole Lotta Heart: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Bandits, Votaries, and Found Family: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

I have a real THING about book titles. If I love it, I love it. If I hate it, well...I just might not read the book. There is no rhyme or reason to my whims about book titles. Some of my favourites are short, some are long, some are metaphorical or allegorical, some are literal. … Continue reading Bandits, Votaries, and Found Family: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollée (plus a bit of a rant)

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollée is a book with a solid premise at its core. It explores the history of women who have been (at times literally) demonized and persecuted, and draws parallels between the medieval and puritanical witch hunts; the women who in the early 20th century fought … Continue reading Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollée (plus a bit of a rant)