Book Review: ‘The Pain Tree’ By Olive Senior | I’ve Read This

Many authors write short stories sporadically over the years, so sometimes these collections are simply put out once the author has written enough to fill a book. ‘The Pain Tree’ is different because you can tell the stories are carefully curated to evoke particular emotions in the reader; personally, I felt wonderment at reading them.

Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, & What Matters In The End’ By Atul Gawande | Changing Pages

I would say to read this book. It may make you despair, but it may also make you think sensibly about your own future or the future of those you love.

Book Review: ‘The Bees By Laline Paull’ | Changing Pages #WomenWriters

This is one of the most innovative and imaginative novels I have read in a very long time. Abandon yourself to the magic and dive right in. I can fairly confidently say you’ll never look at a bee in quite the same way again.

Book Review: ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ By Katherine Arden | I’ve Read This #WomenWriters

Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters

Book Review: ‘This Sweet Sickness’ By Patricia Highsmith | Changing Pages #WomenWriters

She was known to be keen to show that right does not necessarily prevail and in fact justice is often not done. This book does both of these things cleverly. #WomenWriters

Book Review: ‘Today Will Be Different’ By Maria Semple | I’ve Read This #WomenWriters

“Her snarky attitude is something I really liked as well — and the fact that she does naughty things, like steal a key chain from a young mom that irritates her.” #WomanWriters

Book Review: ‘Perfect World’ By Ian Colford | I’ve Read This #ShiftYourPerspective

This tightly written novel is fiction at its most simple and pure — a look into someone else’s life and the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. #ShiftYourPerspective

I’ve Read This #MondayReads | Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

I recommend the book on the radio to thousands of Calgarians without having read it yet. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE ALAN BRADLEY’S BOOKS.

Submissions: Now Accepting Creative Work For The Wire’s Dream

I believe that creativity will be the glue that binds us together and all of our beautiful differences. For this reason, I’m proud to say that The Wire’s Dream, released yesterday as the Journal’s first ever magazine publication, will uphold strong values for representation — it’s a direct extension of the Journal’s values and mission. | Now Accepting Creative Work For The Wire’s Dream

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy Is Fantasy Like No Other: “Like Lord Of The Rings” But With Cats!

We may call our pets ridiculous things such as “Fluffy” but in this book they have regal names such as “Datura,” “Southpaw,” and “Aconite”. Clearly, we have been getting this naming thing all wrong as humans.

“Badami’s Writing Is So Descriptive And So Beautiful” The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami

I believe this is the true gift of fiction; the ability to understand another person’s perspective by putting us into someone else’s shoes.