How about a little applause?

For the bloggers out there in Canada who keep posting, often to a very limited audience…who are sometimes the only ones to pay attention to a book that falls through the formidable mainstream cracks. These are blogs that focus on content. Not comment. They are about the books, fancy that, not the posturing in the comment stream, not careerist tools for positioning the author as authority. Big round of applause.

Rob McLennan is there day after day. You kind of want him to be more discriminating. You tell him, take more time, be more thorough, but that’s not his gig, his gig is touching lightly and often, and pretty much everything. So here’s to Rob. Steadfastly who he is.

Vicki Ziegler on 49th book shelf. Come on? Tireless blogger of books.

I’m not sure who David Godkin is, but occasionally there is something insightful here, and whoever the author is, he crafts his posts well, and thoroughly. Agree or not, he makes his points.

Kerry Clare has been reviewing fiction for some time. Smart. Funny reviews. Actual thinking content.  And interviews including Zoe Whittal, Jennica Harper, Heather Birrel, Alison Pick…oh wait, no men! Is that why we don’t hear about her blog in the national media?

Michael Bryson has been reviewing fiction in Canada for years. Lots and lots of interviews and reviews. Tireless. Insights. I would love to see this site working with a constraint though: say everything you want to say in 500 words. Boil it down, but bravo.

Mr. Beattie I presume? We don’t always agree, and sometimes his flash of rage puts his readers on the defensive, but it’s worthwhile. He is a man who knows his positions and I respect that. He makes statements, backs them up. Third year of daily posts offering readings of a short story for the month of May.

Paul Vermeersch!

Stephen Rowe.

Chris Banks keeps at it. He is largely interested in the quietest strands of the quiet, and many American poets that are not my cup of tea. But again, sometimes there is a point to his appreciation of a poet that illuminates me. I would love to see a larger arc in these posts (I mean overall in the blog, not the individual posts). Some frame, or constraint. This is my preference for writing that is attempting to achieve multiple goals…and who is really, really thinking about the notion of consciousness in lyric poetry? The problem I find in discussions of lyric is it quickly falls into sentiment.

Just discovered this one. Well thought-out response to recent Lilburn review in the post.

Oh and then there’s Vehicule Books Blog. Mostly to promote it’s own authors, which makes sense, and hard to find a post about a woman (even their own authors), but it’s there and keeps posting.

Natalize Zed! Bookmark her.

Upstarts such as Rover are worth a bookmark too…and I will add for free if you post links in the comments etc.

GARY BARWIN! I’m not going to get them all…but we all love Gary.

Pearl (adding this one too): Ottawa has to represent.

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