Are you looking to get into the review game? Are you a seasoned reviewer and want to hone your skills? Wherever you land on the review spectrum, PRISM has put together five simple starting-out steps to make the task of reviewing a book a little less daunting. Additionally, Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings and bad-ass reviewer for The Globe and Mail, shares some insider pro-tips.
“Let the slash pile of anger combust into roaring determination”: A Review of “This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone”
Review by Sarah Richards This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone Edited by Vici Johnstone Caitlin Press, 2015 A formidable collection celebrating diverse voices, themes, and forms, This Place a Stranger includes everything from punchy travelogues to journeys...
Review by Ruth Daniell Glad and Sorry Seasons Catherine Chandler Biblioasis, 2014 Catherine Chandler’s Glad and Sorry Seasons is a successful illustration of the ways in which we as humans search for meaning in the face of passing...
Pilgrimage, by Edmonton author Diana Davidson begins on New Year’s Eve 1891, and spans a little over a year at the Lac Ste. Anne mission in Northern Alberta. It follows the lives of three women: Makhesîs Cardinal, a young Métis woman raised at Lac Ste. Anne; Moira, an Irish lass transplanted to Alberta; and Georgina Barrett, the wife of James Barrett, the Hudson Bay Company store manager.
Makehsîs is tasked with keeping house for Barrett until his wife arrives at the settlement. The job turns sour, though, when Barrett, displaying a ruthless lack of self-control, takes what he wants, when he wants it. Makhesîs becomes pregnant and must leave his employ to save her reputation.
A Grain of Rice by Evelyn Lau Oolichan Books (2012) review by Zach Matteson In a previous editor interview for PRISM, I mentioned Evelyn Lau’s most recent collection of poems, A Grain of Rice (2012 Oolichan Books), as “masterful.” But I...
Review by Melissa Janae
What makes someone part of a place? Must they be born there? Do they have to share the same heritage? Is it a matter of speaking the same language, or passing through the same rituals?
Ayelet Tsabari deftly explores these questions and others in The Best Place on Earth. Set in Israel, Canada, and India, these stories are fraught with conflict. In “Tikkun,” Lior passes by a group of people watching news of a pigua—Hebrew for terror attack—before having coffee with the ex-girlfriend he never truly got over. Teenaged Uri weathers missile attacks in Ramat Gan during Operation Desert Storm in “The Poets in the Kitchen Window.” The poets are Uri and his sister Yasmin, and while he always dazzled his sister during metaphor games at the kitchen table, Uri has “never heard of a Yemeni or Iraqi poet, or any Mizrahi poet for that matter.” During “Invisible,” Rosalynn moves to Israel from the Philippines to find work as a caretaker to the elderly. Rosalynn also finds a home in her new country, even though, as her visa’s expired, she has no legal place there.