Dreams of the Moon virtual book launch

I’m having a party! Where: Zoom When: Thursday, June 3, 2021, 7:30PM to 9:30PM EDT Price: Free Who can attend? Anyone, as long as you’re not a bomber. So, looks like I’m having a virtual book launch for my new collection of short fiction, Dreams of the Moon. Joe Mahoney, author of A Time and a Place, is master of ceremony during this entertaining evening in which I will read from Dreams of the Moon, talk…

Review: Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good My rating: 3 of 5 stars It is important to begin this review with the fact I’m Caucasian, first generation Italian, third generation Irish, born in Canada, live a life which many would call privileged, but would do so without understanding of family background, struggle, trauma. I do understand being a victim. But I do not have an understanding of residential school trauma. Having said all that, I do…

Reviewed in Ottawa Review of Books

I am just thrilled to learn my recent novel, The Rose Guardian, has been reviewed by Robert Runté in The Ottawa Review of Books. How amazing is that? The full review is here: It starts with a funeral. Una Cotter is dead, and her sixty-something daughter, Vi, is left to sort out her feelings about her mother, her family, her childhood, and her ambiguous inheritance. One cannot but grieve the passing of one’s mother, but when Una…

Review: Barkskins, by Annie Proulx

Barkskins by Annie Proulx My rating: 1 of 5 stars Apparently I really am not a fan of anything Annie Proulx writes. I found The Shipping News lacking in real understanding of, and research into, life in Newfoundland, Brokeback Mountain infuriatingly misrepresentative of gay life and understanding, and I’ve found the same true in Barkskins. However, at least with the former novels there was a clear end in sight. The novels did tie up all…

Review: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee My rating: 5 of 5 stars If a person were to write only two books in their lifetime of the calibre of Harper Lee’s small canon, then they would have achieved something very great indeed. While I realize there was much controversy surrounding Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, which I first discovered and loved in English literature class in secondary school, for this devotee of literature…