Tag Archives: Kerry Riley

Toews, Miriam: All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam All My Puny Sorrows Knopf Canada, 2014 Hardcover, 321 pages Newsflash:  longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Much has already been said about Miriam Toews’ latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows — that it is searingly honest, … Continue reading

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Galloway, Steven: The Confabulist

Galloway, Steven The Confabulist Knopf Canada, 2014 Softcover, 301 pages Martin Strauss’s story does not begin well.  We first meet the protagonist of Steven Galloway‘s splendid new novel, The Confabulist, as he sits listening to his doctor tell him he … Continue reading

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Alexis, André: Pastoral

Pastoral André Alexis Coach House Books, 2014 Softcover, 162 pages Newflash! Pastoral is shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize As befits an homage to its literary namesake, André Alexis’s new novel, Pastoral, is replete with shepherds and … Continue reading

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Nasrallah, Dimitri: Niko

Niko Dimitri Nasrallah Vehicule Press, 2011 Softcover, 235 pages Niko, the second in our Argo Bookstore, Montreal series, could not be more different from Peter Dubé’s The City’s Gates. Whereas Dube’s writing is atmospheric, esoteric, and darkly surreal, Niko is … Continue reading

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Dubé, Peter: The City’s Gates

Dubé, Peter The City’s Gates Cormorant Books, 2012 Paperback, 327 pages Review by:  Kerry Riley The first in a series inspired by a summer pilgrimage to Montreal’s Argo Bookshop to explore new Canadian fiction from a Montreal perspective. It is … Continue reading

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Kowalski, William: The Hundred Hearts

Kowalski, William The Hundred Hearts Thomas Allen, 2013 Softcover, 292 pages Review by: Kerry Riley If it is true, and I think it is, that literature often serves as a sounding board for the collective psychic preoccupations of a particular … Continue reading

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A Pilgrimage to Montreal’s Argo Bookshop

A Pilgrimage to Montreal’s  Argo Bookshop by: Kerry Riley It seems a very Canadian thing that this intrepid lover of Can Lit should find herself, one recent, sweltering but sunny blue July day, caught up in the raucous groove and … Continue reading

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