Sometimes, Things Are Just Sad

Sometimes, I can wax poetic about the way the landscape of bookstores is always changing, just like everything else in a city. Sometimes, I can look at a dingy old building being torn down and remember how the walls were cracked and the staircases ancient. But sometimes, we can be walking to work and discover […]

The Power of Prequel

Prequels sometimes get a bad rap. It’s not hard to see why, especially for someone in my generation, who may have waited in line for the epic first episode in a beloved series, only to be disappointed. They are often suffused with a sort of nudge-nudge, wink-wink narrative twitch, where everything is a set up […]

Quantifying Enjoyment – My Uneasy Relationship with Counting Stars

I love looking for ideas about what to read online.  I love lists, and Tumblr-created infographics, and websites manned by savvy librarians or passionate booksellers.  I love the rabbit hole of curiosities the Internet can be, and how it can show me things I’d never seen or noticed once and then forgotten.  Good Reads is […]

Toronto’s Bookstore Landscape

Bookstores come and go.  Like with any shop, people retire, sell their business, a neighbourhood changes demographics or a building changes hands.  When I was young, a bookstore closing wouldn’t seem like a dire event, followed as it always was by another bookstore opening.  Every downtown had a bookstore, and nearly every mall did too.  […]

Touchstone Books

“This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit.  Fiction writers, present company included, don’t understand very much about what they do – not why it works when it’s good, not why it doesn’t when it’s bad.  I figured the shorter the book, the less the bullshit.” Stephen King – On […]

A Book is a Present You Can Open Again and Again

I had a poster that said that, when I was a little girl, that was on my wall.  Thanks to the Internet, even though the poster is long gone, the image is easily found – it’s a Mary Engelbreit, and it looks like this: (image via bookweb.org) The Holidays and books just go together.  I […]

Always New Eyes Looking Up

One of the most delightful things about children’s books, which you’ll recognize from all sorts of angles (working in bookstores, being a librarian, or being a parent for that matter), is that good books live a thousand lives.  Every year, just as one group of children leave Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear behind for […]

Books for babies, and teens, and early readers, and holidays…

I’ve shifted spheres within Indigo once again, finally settling down in what is pretty much my ideal place to be – working with inventory for kids books.  My particular responsibilities are making sure books for babies, books for early readers, books for holidays, and books for teens are all on the shelves for the customer […]

Giving Good Reads a Go

As any casual glance at this blog reveals, I’m much better at writing about reading then writing about writing.  My reading life is just as important to me as my writing life, although I think making the distinction is almost silly -what we read shapes who we are, personally and artistically.  I’ve kept a list […]

Ray Bradbury

“First of all, it was October, a rare months for boys.” Something Wicked This Way Comes lands precisely in a mysterious genre that is everything I love about stories and is hard for me to articulate, because I love it so much. This world blending with the mysterious, with a strange mix of matter-of-fact and […]