Belles Lettres

Articles, essays, literary essays, and book reviews long and short.

Selected Essays and Articles

  • Routine.My (Small Press) Writing Day,
    9 September 2019.
  • ” A Canadian Author in Chelsea: Sara Jeannette Duncan.” The Chelsea Society Report 2013: 33-41.
  • “Beauty in the Complexity of the Brain.” A review of the Wellcome Collection exhibition, “Brains, the Mind as Matter.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 15 May 2012: 925.
  • “Keeping Body and Soul Together.” Descant 132 Entering the Other: the World of Barbara Gowdy (Spring 2006): 59-63.
  • “Unfit to Live.” The Left Atrium, Canadian Medical Association Journal 14 September 2004; 171 (6): 619-620.
  • “Promotion and Paradox: On Literary Interviews.” Paragraph (Summer 1998): 11-14.
  • “Pushkar’s Camel Bazaar.” The Toronto Star 30 August 1997: G1, G12.
  • “Laurence of Africa.” Paragraph (Summer 1994): 9-13.
  • “Cultural Representations.” Field Notes. Books in Canada (March 1993): 6-7.
  • “Air of Oppression in Kenya.” The Gazette [Montreal] 24 August 1991: J3, J5.
  • “Kenyan Writing Goes Far Beyond Out of Africa.” The Gazette [Montreal] 9 Feb. 1991: I4.
  • Interview with Mavis Gallant. Rubicon 4 (1984-85): 150-182.
    Rpt. So to Speak: Interviews with Contemporary Canadian Writers, ed. Peter O’Brien. Montréal: Véhicule Press, 1987: 250-282.

Selected Reviews

  • “Everybody Knows.” Review of Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Canadian Writers Abroad 26 November 2021.
  • “Mary Lawson’s Solace.” Review of Solace by Mary Lawson.
    Canadian Writers Abroad 13 May 2021.
  • “More Terrifying to Stay: A Review of D.W. Wilson’s Ballistics.
    Numéro Cinq Magazine 4.10 (October 2013).
  • Review of Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa.
    Canadian Writers Abroad 4 June 2013.
  • “Tragically Disproportionate: A Review of Jon McGregor’s This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You.” Numéro Cinq Magazine 3.26 (September 2012).
  • “A Patient and her Snail.” Rev. of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Canadian Medical Association Journal 16 October 2012: 1719.
  • Rev. of The Chrome Suite by Sandra Birdsell.
    Paragraph 15.1 (Summer 1993): 30-31.
  • “Bad Guys Wear White in Nigerian Novel.”  Rev. of The Famished Road by Ben Okri. The Gazette [Montreal] 23 Nov. 1991: J6.
  • Rev. of  Stories by Canadian Women.  Edited by Rosemary Sullivan.  
    Room of One’s Own 10.2 (1985): 98-101.
  • “The Elusive Ideal.”  Rev. of The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan. Brick 24 (1985): 24-26.
  • Rev. of The Salvation of Yasch Siemens by Armin Wiebe. Turnstone Press. Rubicon 4 (1984-85): 213-15.
  •  Rev. of Death Suite by Leon Rooke. Quill & Quire (November 1981): 24.


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