“Doctors’ Daughters: Helen, Sue and Me,” in Word Carving: The Craft of Literary Journalism, Banff Centre Press, July 2003. About the experience of re-reading a children’s series of books.
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
“Lonely Hearts Club,” Literary Review of Canada, December 2020. An essay about the novels of Helen Humphreys.
“Lesson Plans,” Literary Review of Canada, October 2020. Subtitled “Adventures in rhyme with a boy of nine,” it’s an essay about Katherine and her grandson writing poetry in a pandemic.
“The Long Goodbye,” The Walrus, March 2011. This article about old age won a Gold prize in the National Magazine Awards.
“Bath, Bath and Beyond in Budapest,” New York Times, October 10, 2004. Travel piece about Turkish baths in Budapest.
“2,973 griefs observed,” Globe and Mail, August 28, 2004. Review of Diane Schoemperlen’s Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11.
“Vistas Bleak and Wondrous,” New York Times, August 22, 2004. Travel piece about the Icefields Parkway in Alberta.
“Austenite Novel Persuades,” Globe and Mail, June 12, 2004. Review of The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler.
“In Canada, a Touch of France on the Side,” New York Times, June 13, 2004. Travel piece about St. Pierre and Miquelon.
“Colima’s Quiet Charm,” New York Times, February 8, 2004. Travel piece about Colima, Mexico.
“Plot Twister,” Elm Street, October 2003. Ann-Marie MacDonald and her new novel, The Way the Crow Flies.
“The Dinner Party Miracle,” Globe and Mail, [September 20, 2003]. The etiquette of the dinner party.
“Sue Barton and Me,” The American Scholar, Summer 2003. Re-reading a series of children’s books. Winner, Best Work of Literary Criticism in The American Scholar in 2003.
“In a Tiny Church, Nature’s Cathedral,” New York Times, September 29, 2002. Essay about stained glass in a Banff church.