Love and Loss: A review

By |2020-05-24T21:56:22+00:00April 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Thunder Bay reviewer Michael Sobota has written the following review which appeared in the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal. I'm pleased and honoured to reprint it here. Many thanks, Michael! Reflections of a Life Well Lived Love & Loss True Stories that Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience Edited by Renee Hollis Published [...]

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Stronger

By |2020-05-24T21:57:57+00:00November 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Every Wednesday night I attend a writers’ workshop here in Coquitlam, BC. We take turns reading what we’ve written that week, and offer up our feedback on what we hear. It’s a great chance to see what works and what doesn’t, and, for someone who spends most of the day alone with her computer, it’s [...]

Week 99: Death in Venice

By |2019-06-25T14:24:53+00:00June 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Death in Venice book review In 2003 Germaine Greer ignited a furor (as is her wont) with the publication of a book devoted to the youthful male face and form. The Beautiful Boy, which one critic described as a combination of art history and coffee-table erotica, was full of pictures of, in her words, "'ravishing' [...]

Week 97: Love in the Time of Cholera

By |2019-06-11T14:27:21+00:00June 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Love in the Time of Cholera book review Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, has been called the greatest Colombian who ever lived. Affectionately known throughout Latin America as Gabo, or Gabito, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the [...]

Week 96: The Cider House Rules

By |2019-05-28T14:57:54+00:00May 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Cider House Rules book review John Irving has said that he always starts with the last sentence, then works his way backwards through the plot, to the beginning of the story. It's a technique that has served him well; he's written 14 novels and nine of them have been best-sellers. The Cider House Rules [...]

Week 95: The Poisonwood Bible

By |2019-05-14T14:05:58+00:00May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Poisonwood Bible book review There is something refreshingly old-fashioned about this, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling tale of an evangelical minister who takes his family to the Republic of Congo in 1959, just as the country is on the verge of putting an end to colonial rule. The story is told in a series of [...]