Not-so-pretty haiku

“Lots of people think of cherry blossoms when they think of haiku,” Isabella Mori says in a recent post. “I do, too, of course — but so much so that I’ve lost my taste for pretty cherry blossom haiku.” FULL STORY

Big reader

March 23rd, 2021

A lifelong reader of books, always with a book on the go, Victoria-based Susan Olding has written a collection of essays, Big Reader (Freehand $22.95) due out in May. From the dissolution of her marriage to the forging of a tentative relationship with her new partner’s daughter, from discovering Toronto as a young undergrad to, years later, watching her mother slowly go blind: through every experience, Olding crafts  essays about what it means to be human, to be a woman — and to be a reader. Her debut collection Pathologies: A Life in Essays (UTP, 2008) was selected by 49th Shelf and Amazon.ca as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. 9781988298818

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