My friend, Bernadette Rule, has achieved more literary success this week. Her story, A Layer of Ghosts, was published in a prestigious Hamilton magazine.
I encourage you to read this story which outlines two summer journeys across Canada and the tragedy that unfolded during one of them. Note her use of dialogue to tell a story.
As well, I encourage feedback. You know where the comment section is located.
I watched the Giller Prize Award Show last night. Lynn Coady took home the prize for her book “Hellgoing”. Even though I enjoyed the hour long show, I have one constant guilty feeling that has been nudging at me all day. I am sadly unfamiliar with some of the current names in Canadian literature!
Now, I recognized Margaret Atwood obviously. I imagined myself sitting at her table, sipping wine with her. I would ask her about her book, she would ask me about mine.
Sexy Michael Ondaatje was there too. I loved The English Patient! Of course, I knew Alice Munro as well, and one shot of Timothy Findley. That was about it, though. I am ashamed at my ignorance, especially since I am Canadian. I must read more Canadian literature! That is my new challenge.
Can you name 5 Canadian novels published in the last 5 years? I mean from memory. Can you do it without turning to Google?
What should I be adding to my Canadian reading list?
It’s perfect casting – Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula.
Meyers has this serious, melodramatic tone to him that is absolutely delightful. I have watched him in interviews as well. He is articulate and very intelligent. Spending time with this man would never be boring, but I imagine he would expect his companions to be just as engaging.
The book, as we know, has been a long time favorite. Think of it what you will, Bram Stoker had a hit that has stood for generations. I have read criticism that argued that the story of Dracula is really about Stoker’s repressed homosexuality.
The show last night had moments when it moved slowly. I think they were also trying to pick up on the success of Meyers previous hit, The Tudors. I am not sure prime time can handle the sexuality of the HBO version of The Tudors. Regardless, any new show takes time to find its footing. I will indeed be watching next week.
I’ve watched you do it.
I’ve heard about your trials and tribulations; I’ve read about your pride, your anger, your sales, your stats, etc.
Now it’s my turn.
I have a book to promote.
“By the Light of a Naked Candle: The Story of Captain Philip Graham” is available through Blurb. You can actually read the introduction on the Blurb site if you hit “Preview”.
Captain Graham was a half pay officer who settled in Beachville, Ontario. He was involved with various historical events: The Rebellion of 1837, the sinking of the Caroline, The Tombstone Affair.
This book actually originated from a posting on this blog. I received a few comments that said I should continue the story….and so I did.
Hayley Cropper needs a once in a lifetime shot, a ring of hope, a shooting star, anything to save her life right now.
During the last episode the doctor announced she has pancreatic cancer. Someone on my street, my real street, died of pancreatic cancer recently. It’s a bad cancer. The writers of Coronation Street are really testing us.
The character of Hayley is an interesting one. She was once “Harold”, apparently; Roy’s love interest is a transgender individual. She’s all goodness on the show, catching herself at times with even the slightest of indiscretions. That ‘s why we love her.
With her diagnosis, I am thinking of Becky. She would want to know. Can’t you see Becky running down the street screaming “Hales” then she would give her a big, bear hug like she use to. That would be an appropriate outcome to this latest story line.
The show is exceptionally well written. The acting on Coronation Street is superb, too. I know you’re thinking, it’s just a soap opera. However, it’s a darn good one. These characters have as much depth as Greek tragedy. There is nothing shallow about this show in the least.
The actor who plays David is like a young Brando or Deniro. There was a moment in the scene when he pushed his mother down the stairs, when the camera turns on his face. He was really playing the moment. We knew for certain that he really did want to push her down the stairs. And now that Nick has been with his woman, we see David Platt planning revenge.
I have issues with Carla, though and Peter too. I think that’s why people are attracted to this show – some of these characters are so incredibly flawed. At one point, Carla asks Peter to make a decision between her or his son.
Of course, I am disgusted with both of them at the time, yelling at the tv that you do not turn your back on your child. Peter’s son, Simon, is sobbing uncontrollably because his father is deserting him. However, at the last moment, Peter makes the right choice and returns to Simon. Carla eventually follows behind him.
The show plays with feelings that affect us all. Could our father one day leave us? That’s every child’s greatest fear, isn’t? And sometimes good people die a painful death. There is no happy ending. I was told that when people visited my neighbor, the one with cancer, he clenched your hand so hard, he refused to let go. He was a good man, as well.
The story will continue though; all stories continue.
Hayley’s husband Roy will suffer, but he and his mother Sylvia will somehow make it through this tragedy.
I think life is really about overcoming great losses. Are you still standing? Are you still breathing? Then, you’re the victor.