Giller-nominated English professor, Alexander MacLeod, just landed on himself on Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award shortlist. And he’s the only Canadian on it . It’s the biggest honour for a collection of short fiction out there, in terms of scope and purse, and it’s not even the first bit of international award recognition he’s gotten for Light Lifting. If you’ve read this book, you’re not surprised. The writing in MacLeod’s short fiction is flawless, in terms of “what a short story should be.” It’s actually worth studying in that regard.
Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Re-shaping of Atlantic Canadian Literature
By Herb Wyile
David Adams Richards of the Miramichi: A Biographical Introduction to His Work
By Tony Tremblay
These two recently published volumes of literary criticism may not strike you as standard beach reading material, but I think anybody interested in Atlantic Canadian Writing will appreciate the work of Herb Wyile and Tony Tremblay. Anne of Tim Hortons and DAR of the Miramichi aren’t your standard academic texts. Both are driven by a central, very passionate argument and both are backed up by a tremendous amount research and attention to detail. Wyile and Trembaly are also fine stylists – they care about their sentences – so each book reads like a long conversation with a wise friend rather than a dry lecture. If you care about the writing of this region, and if you would like to learn more about how our literature writes us out into the world and back again, then these two texts offer a perfect accompaniment for that journey from the Miramichi to the global marketplace.