ImageHalf of voters who did the survey were against, and half minus one were in favour of Catton’s novel being in competition for the GG’s Lit Award. There you go. It you are born in Canada but don’t live here, you are still a citizen. Is that right? And so you can be nominated for a Canadian prize, even if you identify with the other country that you grew up in. It is easier that way. No one has to make eliminating judgements. That said, I don’t see how we can claim to be proud of Catton’s work, as that work took no nourishment from Canada. I say, not having read the novel. I thought I would be deluged by comments hostile to a nationalist question, but I was in no way deluged by comments.

Here’s my Numero Cinq review (click the highlighted words) of a book that should have been on a prize shortlist: “More Terrifying to Stay: A review of D. W. Wilson’s Ballistics.” A story patterned on fire and guns, Ballistics should be nominated for Wilson’s stylistic pyrotechnics. And if you poke around the Numero Cinq site, you’ll see that Douglas Glover’s new book, Savage Love, is getting damn good reviews. [editor: or should that be damned?]

What is wrong with this picture? Debra, Debra, why aren’t you nominating the under-represented women writers? Because I have been reading Sara Jeannette Duncan for weeks, preparing an article for a forthcoming publication. Feeble excuse. To be fixed soon. Ok, I have been reading this serialized story by Barbara Sibbald: Kitchen Chronicles. The link is to the most recent issue but you can scroll down to begin at the beginning. For those of us still able to eat whatever they want, the chronicles come with recipes.

Ottawa Magazine

Kitchen Chronicles can be found online at Ottawa Magazine.


Posted by Debra Martens

author, editor


  1. Catton takes the GG.


  2. Thank you Debra for the gentle prod in the direction of Kitchen Chronicles. It’s my attempt to write for new media and so it’s designed for online, replete with hyperlinks. I think of it as Charles Dickens meeting Coronation Street online. Instead of the Rover’s Return, the action all takes place in a kitchen, with a rotating roster of characters. It’s storytelling, plain and simple. I hope your readers enjoy it.


    1. Also like the serial stories on Wattpad and Byliner.


  3. Working on an article is a noble endeavour. No need to apologize for devoting yourself to that instead of other reviews. We’ll look forward to the reviews when you are able to get to them.


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