Sept 29 - UVic Bookstore

It's good to supervise an Honours student, because sometimes in desperation you just have to go buy books you've been meaning to pick up for yourself anyway, when you don't get around to the library early enough. This week, it's Laurie Ricou's wonderful volume Salal: Listening for the Northwest Understory ($34.95).

This is one of those rare books that turn out to repay repeated visits better than it does the first browse. No pyrotechnics here, Salal is a quiet book that works hard to inhabit this particular place through every means of knowing that its author can imagine. Hey, if you don't want to take my word for it, check out the reviews in Geist and Canadian Literature. And if you'd rather get his word, you can always listen to him on CBC!


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