Homecoming: The Road Less Travelled by Wayne Curtis

Prolific Miramichi author Wayne Curtis, whose most recent collection of fictional short stories was In the Country (2016, Pottersfield Press), has just released a new collection entitled Homecoming: A Road Less Travelled (2017, Pottersfield Press). The book’s thirteen stories, many interrelated, contain the idea of returning to a place either one has escaped from or returning to in order to make amends with those from the past:

“it is like I have to return to that place to see how much of my past was real and how much was an illusion, and if either is still there.” (from “At Mount St.… Continue reading

For All of the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known by Danila Botha

I became an instant fan of Toronto author Danila Botha after reading her first full-length novel, Too Much on the Inside (2015, Quattro Books) last year, concluding: “This is an impressive first novel from this young, energetic author and it is my hope that more titles will be forthcoming.” I didn’t have too long of a wait, for Ms Botha has just released a collection of new short stories entitled For All of the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known (2016, Tightrope Books).… Continue reading

Weather Permitting & Other Stories by Pratap Reddy

I find it not only broadening, but refreshing to read stories written by authors from other cultures, in this case South Asian. Weather Permitting & Other Stories (2016 Guernica Editions) is Pratap Reddy’s first collection of stories. He moved to Canada from India in 2002 and works as an underwriter by day and an author by night.… Continue reading

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

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