Have you #Read My Two favorite #Books from 2015?

I haven’t read as many books as I’d like this year, but there are two that clearly stand out for me as memorable reads of 2015. Fittingly for the 100th anniversary, they are both set in and around WWI. #Book 1: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain This book is strictly speaking a memoir, but it […]

Muse Media: Change and Junot Diaz

 Muse Media: Change and Junot Diaz #Muse Media is a series of  simple posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment,  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors. “She would be a new person, she […]

10 Ways to Be Creative in the Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so while I’ll be posting all through the summer, I’m taking a break from blog commenting until after Labor Day. Some of you may remember this post from last […]

Barbara Kingsolver: What is the Heart of a Novel?

  Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. The novel which earned her a pulitzer prize nomination and an Oprah endorsement, was “The Poisonwood Bible”  published in 1998, and follows a missionary family in the colonial Congo.  She […]

Do You Shop at Independent #Bookstores?

Saturday May 2nd is Independent Bookstore Day, so I’ve written a short, tongue in cheek piece of fiction, in honour of the experience of small bookstores and keeping them alive. Enjoy! I’ve been going to the By the Book since I was a child. It’s still run by the Greene twins – two sisters, now in […]

Do You Want A Little Free Library in Your Neighbourhood?

Have you seen the Little Free Libraries that keep springing up everywhere? If not then you’re in for a real treat. Although I’d seen a couple, I’d no idea they were so widespread until I read an article by Margaret Aldrich in The Atlantic . What Are They? A Little Free library is essentially a small […]

Author in Focus: How to #Write #War like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Author in Focus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (born 15 September 1977) is a writer from Nigeria. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) […]

5 Books made into Films – Which Version is a Modern Classic?

A book or film created in the 20th or 21st Century is considered a Modern Classic if it has a quality likely to have enduring significance or popularity. When a book is made into a film, which version is the modern classic or can it be both? The novel I’m currently working on, Under The […]

3 Memorable Reads of 2012

Happy New Year Everyone! Over the past year, I’ve read more than thirty five books, but as you’ve doubtless read a plethora of  year end book lists, I’ll keep mine simple.  Here are three of my Memorable Reads of 2012  The Long Song    by  Andrea Levy                   […]

Muse Media: Books and David Mitchell

 #Muse Media:Books and David Mitchell #Muse Media is a series of  short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors. * “Books don’t offer real escape, but […]