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babble book club reading every single Alice Munro book (no, not really!)

| November 21, 2013
Kaitlin McNabb

Congratulations love: Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

| October 11, 2013

'Hellgoing' piles on life's uncertainties and allows characters to crawl through


by Lynn Coady
(House of Anansi,

Congratulations to Lynn Coady for being shortlisted for the Giller Prize for this collection of short stories.

The short stories in Lynn Coady’s new collection Hellgoing scratch beneath the surface of everyday life, revealing the inner lives of characters who find themselves at odds with the social roles they inhabit. This struggle between public appearance and private life is everywhere in Hellgoing.

Among the uncomfortable people who populate these stories are an ambivalent nun, a high-functioning alcoholic, a conflicted landlord and an ageing ukulele player.



Book: Red Girl Rat Boy

September 24, 2013
| Author Cynthia Flood has just come out with a new collection of short stories. The stories range from left-wing life in Vancouver in the 1970s to the personal politics that exist within families.
Length: 16:33 minutes (15.16 MB)

'Everything Is So Political' interprets 'What is political?' into a diverse and memorable marriage of art and politics

Everything Is So Political: A Collection of Short Fiction by Canadian Writers

by Sandra McIntyre (editor)
(Roseway Publishing,

In a 2005 interview with Salman Rushdie, interviewer Jack Livings of The Paris Review asked a seemingly simple question of the author: "Could you possibly write an apolitical book?" Rushdie, known for his novels with overtly political themes, replied that he had "great interest in it," using the example of Jane Austen, whom he said could "explain the lives of her characters without a reference to the public sphere."


Kaitlin McNabb

New Babble Book Club selection: 'Godless but Loyal to Heaven' by Richard Van Camp

| May 21, 2013

Review: Power grab: Examining gender dynamics through prose and allegory

How To Get Along With Women

by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
(Invisible Publishing,

The 11 stories in Elisabeth de Mariaffi's debut story collection, How to Get Along With Women, take place in locales as diverse as Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Marseille, France. The stories are intimately linked to their particular settings; in each, de Mariaffi explores how the characters' actions are shaped by their geographical, historical or political place in the world.


Kaitlin McNabb

Reminder: November 6, 7:30 p.m. EST Babble Book Club final discussion of Canadian short stories

| October 30, 2012

On Lee Maracle’s 'Yin Chin'

| October 16, 2012
Michael Stewart

How to read a short story

| October 15, 2012
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