Poet Irving Layton dies in Montreal at 93

January 4, 2006 at 8:14 pm (Books, Misc)


Canadian Press

Published: January 4, 2006

MONTREAL (CP) – Irving Layton, whose gritty, satiric and erotic poems left an indelible mark on Canada’s literary landscape, died Wednesday. He was 93.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Layton died in a long-term care facility surrounded by caregivers and long-time friend Musia Schwartz, said Lisa Blobstein, spokeswoman for the Maimonides Geriatric Centre.



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Hatrack River – The Official Web Site of Orson Scott Card

December 30, 2005 at 10:00 am (Books, Sci-Fi)

Orson Scott Cardhttp://www.hatrack.com/

This is the website of one of my favorite authors, Orson Scott Card. His best known book is Ender’s Game, about a battle school of children training to save the world from an alien race they call “buggers.” It has spawned many sequels and even some “shadow” or parralel books that take place at the same time Ender’s Game and its sequels. I can’t wait for the movie to come out.

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Chef at Home

December 29, 2005 at 7:06 am (Books, Cooking)

My favorite TV chef has a new book out. His name is Michael Smith. I can’t find a website for him, but he’s got a page and two shows on FOODTV.ca. Not sure if he’s on the US food channel. He should be, though, he’s great. Although that would mean his Chef at Large show would have to go to US locations and there would be fewer Canadian ones. He’s also got a show called Chef at Home where he cooks for his wife and young son, in his own kitchen. Very cool. Can’t wait to buy this book. I’ve got $12 left on my Chapters gift card… so it’ll cost only $8 or so.

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Tears of the Giraffe & The Sunday Philosophy Club

December 27, 2005 at 9:09 pm (Books)

delicious is back up.

I just bought two new books. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith and The Sunday Philosophy Club : An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery, also by AMS. Can’t wait to start reading them.

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The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency & Portuguese Irregular Verbs

December 24, 2005 at 11:30 pm (Books)

Alexander McCALL Smith

I just read two books by the same author: Alexander McCall Smith. He’s got several series of books and I read one book in his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series (Precious Ramotswe) and one in his Professor Igelfeld series. The first books in each one.

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
RATING: ****
Precious Ramotswe is a woman in Botswana who decides to use her inheritance from her father to start a detective agency. She figures women should be much better at detective work, because they are much more intuitive. Rather than really solving mysteries, she really just solves problems for people. For example, her first client is Happy Bapetsi. Happy has a visitor who claims to be her long lost father, but she’s suspicious. She doesn’t really believe him and so she hires Mma Ramotswe to find out if he really is her father. She ends up solving another, more important mystery, when a young boy is kidnapped. That “mystery” really bothers her throughout the second half of the novel.

Portuguese Irregular Verbs
RATING: ****
This book introduces us to Professor Maria-Moritz Von Igelfeld. Igel means hedgehog and so Igelfeld is hedgehogfield, and the professor is very proud of that. He wrote the definitive work on portuguese irregular verbs called “Portuguese Irregular Verbs.” Igelfeld is a professor of Romance Philology. Igelfeld is well respected in his field. The problem is, his field is very small and so there are very few people who know about his book. He is a bit of a bumbler and is never sure of what is the right thing to do or say. Nothing really seems to be going his way in his life. Once you read the final chapter, you may wonder who Thomas Mann is, and what the joke is. Why is Igelfeld laughing. Check out this link… it will help you and perhaps let you in on the joke.

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