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M.A.C. Farrant’s latest book The Strange Truth About Us: A Novel of Absence was described in The Globe and Mail as
a full-bodied incarnation of the vitality and the gravity of the fragment as literary form. It fairly vibrates with what Paz calls the “contrapuntal unity” of fragments connecting, reflecting and deflecting in variable relation to each other.
Recently on the Lemon Hound blog, Steven W. Beattie of Quill & Quire included the “frank surrealism” of Morse’s Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus among a handful of books that
are not the kinds of books that would appeal to the cozy sensibilities that seem to be driving so much of our literary culture these days.
With ever shrinking space available for book news and reviews, and in the wake of rumours that The National Post is scaling back its arts and books section, Beattie goes on to ask an interesting question that may or may not pertain to both of these books of unconventional fiction.
[If] the major media outlets and award juries tend to focus solely on predictable, easygoing fare, where does that leave writers who have ambitions to do something different or less familiar?
An interesting thought indeed. Discuss.
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Tuesday November 26, 2013 in Meta-Talon
“With this magazine cover, I know it’s only a prototype, but with this cover, we decided to concentrate on the mole. This may look to you and me like an ordinary, and might I add rather famous, mole on a human face. Yet if we were to make that assumption, we would both be making a rather naive supposition.”
Candy blinked and stifled a yawn.
“Because,” roared F with wild eyes, nearly startling Candy out of her seat, “the mole is not a real mole at all!”
“Okay, Doc, I believe you. Just chill, okay.”
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