What strikes her most, though, are the new stories she hears. “One of my aunts lost a baby shortly after birth, the other experienced multiple miscarriages,” Stonehouse writes. “The sister-in-law offering the baby clothes was once a twin but her sister died at birth. Yet my parents-in-law never talked about this, even to her. Such stories surface only when strictly necessary, after the fact, and never before.”
In last week’s column, I interviewed one of the editors of How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, a new anthology of essays about pregnancy, parenthood, and loss. I learned a lot from this book.Feb 18, 2014
And she said, ‘I hope that’s not too mean.’ I remember thinking, ‘Wow. If that’s your idea of mean, I’m home free.’ At least they didn’t tell me it was a total piece of s—- — which was something that I was used to hearing [at Penn State].”
In this week’s column, I got to interview Chip Kidd! The great Chip Kidd, who’s designed more books in your home library than you probably realize. (He’s also written a couple of books about Batman.)
Kidd is in Edmonton next week to deliver a free public talk about book design at MacEwan University. And if you see him around town, be nice: he’s also finishing up the cover for the new Haruki Murakami novel.Jan 17, 2014
Hooray! In this week’s column, let my big dumb face guide you through my ten favourite books of the year. (Only one is a comic book.)Dec 19, 2013
The Lonely End of the Rink is positively saturated with nicknames for the NHL players being discussed, no matter how briefly or tangentially. There’s got to be at least one per page, on average. A sampling, from flipping through the book at random: Andy “The Organ” Moog, Jim “The Thrill” Nill, “Captain” Kirk McLean, Dave “Scrub Brush” Babych, and Mason “Everybody Loves” Raymond.
In this week’s column, CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence and I talk hockey, bullying, and nicknames. So many nicknames.
Lawrence’s new memoir is in stores now.Dec 6, 2013
Space can teach us plenty about the rest of the universe. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth goes into exhaustive detail about how much time is spent on scientific observation and research, sometimes on the astronauts themselves. (Hadfield says he was “peeing for science … about 25 per cent of the time.”)
In this week’s column, I got to interview (and get a shameless photo with) a genuine spaceman.
Plus, as it turns out, Hadfield’s new memoir is good! I learned stuff.Nov 29, 2013
Last week, Marty Chan posted the following message on Twitter: “All the dapper authors wear this at their book launches.” And let me say, right off the bat, that whatever you’re picturing right now, you’re wrong. Attached to Chan’s tweet was an image of a modified bowler hat, complete with miniature clocks, springs, a padlock, and two overlapping pairs of goggles that light up with the flick of a switch.
This week’s column is about Edmonton kids’ author Marty Chan, who’s got two new books out this fall. In one, a young Harry Houdini teams up with Nikola Tesla to fight time-travel crime; in the other, a sasquatch is ridiculed for possessing only normal-sized feet.Nov 22, 2013
For the next two months, Radogoshi was held in isolation in a tiny, windowless cell. There was nothing to do. He didn’t even have anything to sit on, as his bed was folded up into the wall each morning. The only thing he had to look at was a series of 32 optical illusions on one wall of the cell. “They were to make us crazy,” Radogoshi says. “I studied psychology. I know. These were hallucinations.”
By the time he was released from jail, Radogoshi was 30 kilograms lighter than when he’d arrived. “After that,” he says, “I was active in political life.”
This week’s column is about a celebrated Kosovo writer who’s been quietly living in Edmonton for the past three years, trying to escape his past and start over writing in English.Nov 15, 2013
Nearly half of North Americans self-identify as shy. So Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows decided to gather a bunch of those people and make a book about it.
This week’s column is about the fruits of that labour: Shy: An Anthology.Nov 12, 2013
“It occurred to me that the voyage of a detective in noir fiction is very close to the voyage of childhood,” Handler says. “You are increasingly lured into a sinister world, and it turns out everyone who has assigned you your case is unreliable. You slowly have to find your own moral path in a world gone, more or less, wrong. That reminded me of being a child.”
Big column this week. Huge column. I got to interview Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket himself—and he was exactly as erudite and delightful as I’d dared hope. (He’s in Edmonton on Sunday.)Nov 1, 2013
“Had Leonardo died in 1494, he would be virtually unknown today,” King says. “Because most of the things that he is known for today—The Last Supper, the Mona Lisa, the anatomical drawings—all of those things come after the age of 42. We think of him as a genius who could succeed at anything he turned his hand to. But until he was in his 40s he had not really fulfilled all his wants.”
This week’s column is a profile of Ross King, whose new book about Leonardo da Vinci I adore. (The imagine of Da Vinci obsessing—for years—about the perfect painting of a toddler holding a cat will be with me forever.) He’s in town for approximately 40 Last Supper-related events this weekend.Oct 25, 2013