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My Literary Must-Be-Read List

I feel there are some pretty big literary classics out there that I really must get round to reading. I always feel a bit guilty when they are brought up in conversation and I have to mumble that I haven’t read them even though I’m a literature graduate! 494 more words


Literary Canon

As authors, we always feel secure in the power we have in creating canon.  I’m a member of a RL literary group.  We meet on Tuesday nights. 326 more words

the pile is always bottomless

There will always be books to read. When I was younger there was a thrill in entering Waldenbooks. For hours, I’d get lost in the stacks or find a place in which to hide with my pile of books that I was already in the thick of reading. 1,259 more words


Another Year in the Afterlife of Naguib Mahfouz

Although the great Egyptian novelist and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz left us in 2006, his birthday continues to be marked every December 11. And his star has certainly not dimmed: 527 more words


World Fantasy Convention 2015, Part III: Challenging the Canon

Last week I wrote about my interview with Charles de Lint at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs. Today, I wrap up my discussion of the conference with some comments on the fantasy canon and the awards ceremony, which have of late been the subject of some controversy. 2,383 more words


Books: The Epic of Gilgamesh

 What another world this ancient text is. Found on tablets dating back 4000 years, this ancient epic takes its reader back to the dawn of recorded history and mythology. 628 more words