Florence, Dante and Me

In the early 1960s, when all things European were hip, a UBC student went to Italy for a year to study Dante. His letters home are the subject of a new book. Review by Beverly Cramp. FULL STORY

Flood’s new collection

August 14th, 2017

Cynthia Flood’s new collection, What Can You Do: Stories (Biblioasis $19.95) contains 12 short stories featuring couples negotiating new terms for connection, travelers revealing old habits in new landscapes, lonely political lefties wondering why they just can’t win, and child-truths colliding with what the grown-ups – for selfish reasons – want to be the facts. These are uneasy but unflinching examinations of the ways adults deceive themselves and why: greed, desire for control, jealousy, fear, and ambition. Flood’s characters portray failures of the human heart with, as the book’s blurb describes, “a marvellous unsentimental brutality” that leaves “many a character unredeemed”. Flood was born and raised in Toronto. She came to British Columbia in 1969 (“one of my best life decisions”). She has been involved in the women’s movement, left-wing organizations, the anti-war movement, environmental projects and writers’ groups. For many years she taught literature and composition at Langara College, where she was also involved with union activity and women’s studies. 978-1-77196-176-9

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