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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Basil Guinane

Basil Guinane enjoys a happy retirement in Creemore, Ontario.

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Basil Guinane

Composite Sketches

Two tales of true crime April 2021
The Biblical tale of Cain and Abel is the original true crime story. Murder ballads were once quite popular throughout Scandinavia and the British Isles. Victorian penny dreadfuls, with their grisly chronicles of wrongdoing, often sold millions of copies. Magazines from The New Yorker and Vanity Fair to True Detective

Between the Cushions

Finding something new in a well-trod genre January | February 2020
About halfway through Wayne Arthurson’s new novella, The Red Chesterfield, the reader learns that the protagonist, M, is Indigenous. The reader then comes to see that this fact is entirely irrelevant to the story. In a way, that’s the whole point: that the protagonist’s race is incidental. It has nothing to do with the actual…

Worthy Backstory

The mystery of Ava Lee’s Uncle Chow April 2019
This is a review of a mystery novel. That’s right, a mystery novel reviewed in the pages of the Literary Review of Canada — even though mixing the words “literary” and “mystery” in the same sentence breaks with a widely held view that genre fiction is artistic slumming and not worthy of serious…