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Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

by Joan Marshall - Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:47am

Sacred Games, by Vikram Chandra is a lush, rich story that spills out of the pages, soaking the reader in the culture of India, its earthy smells, complex tastes, fierce loves, corruption, bribery, murder, blood and death.

Categories: Reviews


Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach

by Joan Marshall - Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:47am

McEwan is the master of the one moment that can change a life utterly. In this short novel, set in July, 1962, Edward and Florence, having just been married, contemplate the consumption of their marriage, she in disgust and both of them in terror.

Categories: Reviews


Ian Rankin on Why Crime Fiction is Compelling

by david pensato - Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:47am

The Times has posted Ian Rankin's forward to the new Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Good stuff.

I continue to find the crime novel the perfect vehicle for an unflinching discussion of contemporary issues. After all, the detective has an “all-areas pass” to every aspect of the contemporary urban scene, and this is a way for the crime writer to take the reader into forbidden territory

Categories: buzz

Griffin '07: Charles Wright's Scar Tissue and Don McKay's Strike/Slip

by david pensato - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:46pm

The Canadian winner, McKay, and the International winner, Wright, have won the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry. The two will share the C$100, 000 prize.

Categories: Awards


An Interview With Michael Van Rooy

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 6:18pm

Van Rooy, a Winnipeg crime novelist, won the 2006 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and has been nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

Categories: Interview


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