Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Sealed Letter

I just finished reading The Sealed Letter, an absorbing novel based on a real-life divorce case in Victorian England. The author, Emma Donoghue, acknowledges in an afterword that one of her sources was the work of historian Martha Vicinus, who discusses the actual divorce case in her book Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928. Both books are available at Laidlaw Library.

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The Next Chapter

Starting tomorrow there will be a new show about Canadian literature on CBC Radio One, hosted by Shelagh Rogers.  It’s called The Next Chapter and will air Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Canlit controversy

Perhaps you’ve been following the controversy over The Penguin book of Canadian short stories (a couple of literary journal editors have questioned editor Jane Urquhart’s choice of what stories to include). The book is available at Laidlaw Library; to read about the controversy see Paul Wells’s blog.

As I listened to one of the book’s critics being interviewed on the CBC, and mentioning over and over again one particular author who’d been excluded from the anthology, I found myself sympathizing with Urquhart — it can’t be easy putting together an anthology. But then, I might be biased, as I’m a fan of Urquhart’s novels (I especially liked The Whirlpool and Away). In any case, it’s nice to see Canadian literary issues making the news!