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Nascent Poet or Hotheaded Murderer?

Review of Big Ledge by Brian D’Eon Big Ledge by Brian D’Eon is that rarity in historical fiction—a story that combines historical veracity with narrative fluency and a deep poetic sensibility. D’Eon starts the tale from its endpoint, with its … Continue reading

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Joyce to tour new novel Mountain Blues

You are invited to join author Sean Arthur Joyce on tour for a reading from his new novel, Mountain Blues. The novel has been compared to Stephen Leacock’s classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Joyce will do a spring … Continue reading

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Margoshes’ Wager a Novel Leap of Imagination

INTRODUCTION: This week I’m featuring an interview with novelist Dave Margoshes, whose earlier novel Drowning Man I reviewed favourably in this blog on November 17, 2014 as The Lost Kootenay Novel. (See Book Reviews thread.) This year the prolific Margoshes … Continue reading

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The Lost Kootenay Novel

“…a man in deep waters, just about to go over his head.” —Dave Margoshes, Drowning Man I believe I’ve found the ‘lost’ Kootenay novel—Dave Margoshes’ 2003 book Drowning Man. This superbly crafted work of literary fiction continually astonishes the reader with … Continue reading

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Twilight of the Renaissance Man? Pt.1

Part 1: The Novel of Ideas vs. Action, Action, Action! I once heard a writing instructor at a major international writers festival tell his audience: “If Dostoyevsky were alive today, he wouldn’t be able to get published.” I took immediate … Continue reading

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Literary Gift Boxes—Kootenay Style

“…as she lies there, / the way the fire waits inside the match.” —Daniel Langton, The Woman I Bed, from the New Orphic Review, Spring 2012 If the current issues of two Nelson-based literary magazines are anything to go by, literary … Continue reading

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The Hidden Mountain of Art

“It is through art and art only that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we an shield ourselves from the sordid perils of existence.” —Oscar Wilde Why are artists driven to create? It’s a question … Continue reading

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