Wild Pieces by Catherine Hogan Safer

Aptly named, Wild Pieces (2015, Breakwater Books) is a collection of short stories by Catherine Hogan Safer, author of Bishop’s Road (2004, Killick Press), thus making it her first major release in over 10 years. For her fans, it certainly has been a long wait, and if (like me) you haven’t read Bishop’s road or any of her previous work, then this collection will serve as a good introduction to her writing style, particularly that of her peculiar characters.… Continue reading “Wild Pieces by Catherine Hogan Safer”

Travel Is So Broadening by Wasela Hiyate

Newfoundland author Sharon Bala stated in a recent post at Atlantic Books Today: “Short stories are an endangered species. Valiant publishers still print collections. And those collections punch above their weight when it comes to awards.”

While this particular collection may not be punching above its weight, Wasela Hiyate’s Travel Is So Broadening (2015, Quattro) is a good assemblage of nine short stories, all having something to do with the aspect of travel, and not necessarily travel for tourism’s sake.… Continue reading “Travel Is So Broadening by Wasela Hiyate”

A Certain Grace by Binnie Brennan

Every night before turning out the lights, I do a little reading. Last night I finished A Certain Grace (2012, Quattro) by Halifax author Binnie Brennan. I quickly came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t read short stories before bed, especially the type that Ms. Brennan writes. Oh, not that they are scary in any way. I can sleep quite easily after reading H.P. Lovecraft! No, her short stories are of the type that keep the wheels turning in the mind long after you put the book down.… Continue reading “A Certain Grace by Binnie Brennan”