A Monster Calls is a book that should have fallen through the cracks of my life. My children are adults and my grandchildren still too young for this gripping and mournful tale. But that’s the thing about great stories: they’re ageless. Even though you’ll find Patrick Ness’s novel in the Young Adult section of your local library or bookstore, it belongs on everyone’s bookshelf. Ness’s novel called to me. The hardcover edition is a gorgeous object, and I think that matters here, more than in most stories. It may be the perfect union of words and images, because just one … Continue reading A MONSTER CALLS


I was very fortunate to tune into CBC radio’s The Current one morning last November. That’s how I found myself listening to the composed and soft-spoken responses of a man being interviewed by Anna-Maria Tremonti. Beyond the voice, it was the ideas, the values and the vision of this man that enthralled me. I was listening to Payam Akhavan, the author and presenter of the 2017 Massey Lecture series titled: In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey. I’m so grateful for this inspired choice. I’ve since listened to the interview a second time, read its transcript, and … Continue reading IN SEARCH OF A BETTER WORLD