Archive | December, 2012

Holiday Greetings & Best Wishes for 2013

23 Dec

For my 40th post, I wanted to thank my readers for following me on my literary + life journey this past year, as well as send out some holiday cheer!

So, I am sending out some warm wishes to everyone over this holiday season. This will be my last post until next year. 2013 looks as though it is going to be a very exciting year for me, with many work + personal changes on the horizon. I can only hope the same is true for our Canadian publishing industry, and I will do my best to keep you updated on the highs and lows of publishing, and what our publishing friends are up to across the pond. As well as all the other literary goodies I stumble across in the new year!

Here is a lovely photo I snagged from the Shakespeare & Co. page, depicting a Christmas tree made out of books! I rather like the idea of keeping up this tradition in my own home. Might as well throw some lights on all the stacked books that are cluttering my floor.

See you in 2013,




“I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.”

20 Dec

And because I am in a sharing mood, here is a list of the 50 best literary insults via


Joy by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

20 Dec

I read this wonderfully intimate and beautifully introspective take on the subject of joy vs. pleasure by the renowned author Zadie Smith, and I felt the need to share it with you.

The closing paragraph definitely struck a chord with me, especially in relation to the topic of mourning. One particular sentence has stayed with me since reading the article.

“It hurts just as much as it is worth.”

Whether we are mourning for a deceased loved one, or a lost lover, nothing rings truer than these nine words in relation to the impact of joy on our lives. Even when a person is plagued with a broken heart, not for one instance will they regret loving the person they have just lost. Because they recognize how fortunate they were to ever experience the joy that came from their shared love. The rarity of such a joy confounds us all and keeps us on our toes. We are forever searching it out, in hopes that we will encounter it again.

I do agree with the author when she refers to joy as being dangerous for its recipient, and that there is a certain madness to readily embracing and welcoming this emotion into our lives. We actually strive to achieve it, and are often envious of others whose lives appear to be brimming over with it. But with anything we cherish to this degree, there is always that risk of complete annihilation when we lose it. And yet we are continuously seeking it out. We’ll jump out of our safety nets, and wager away our sanity on high risk odds. All in the pursuit of joy.

Joy: It is madness. It is dangerous. And it is stunningly beautiful when we are lucky enough to rub elbows with it. Even if its effects are fleeting, and the end result is a lingering sadness; on retrospection we will always say that it was worthwhile.

Joy by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books.

Excerpt: February by Lisa Moore

17 Dec

The fifth, and final excerpt posted from CBC Books for Canada Reads 2013. As far as Canadian writers go, Lisa Moore is a personal favourite of mine. I adored this book, and am impatiently waiting for the publication of her next book. It is a must read!


Excerpt: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

14 Dec


Excerpt from Away by Jane Urquhart

12 Dec

This is the third excerpt of the week posted by CBC Books. For all of my Ontario based readers, this was the book selected to best represent literature from our province. Even if you are not following Canada Reads, make sure to add this title to your holiday reading list!

Canda Reads excerpt from The Age of Hope by David Bergen

12 Dec