Four Books on Dementia and Aging

The Unravelling by Clem and Olivier Martini is among the four new books on dementia and aging discussed in Dementia Connections magazine, along with Our Time to Say Goodbye by Ron E Freckleton, Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden, and The Unseen World by Liz Moore. You can have a look at the article and books here.


The Unravelling reviewed in Alberta Views

The March issue of Alberta Views includes a review of Clem and Olivier Martini’s The Unravelling. Barbara Schneider says:

“Again they are speaking directly to people like me—those struggling to deal with the dementia of an elderly parent and worrying what will happen to their own children with mental illnesses when they are no longer able to care for them . . . Most of all, their book is a devastating critique of the mental health and dementia care systems. They describe an arcane, convoluted, almost incomprehensible system for assigning elderly people in need of care to appropriate facilities . . . The Unravelling is their invitation to all of us to be through with waiting.”


Searching for Petronius Totem reviewed in Existere

Peter Unwin’s novel Searching for Petronius Totem is reviewed in the upcoming issue of Existere magazine, 37.1, out of York University:

“A satirical post-postmodern novel, Unwin’s latest creation is reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49; however, whereas Pynchon’s novel seems to resist any meaningful interpretation of its symbols and themes, Unwin has skillfully crafted unfathomable scenarios embedded with meaning relevant to the world we live in today. He reveals ironies in modern systems of government, in how we create and value art, in how we show and experience love, and in how we trust and rely on technology.”


Story Circle reviews Dazzle Patterns

Today, Story Circle, which highlights books written by women, takes a look at Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt:

“Various settings are described in the novel, following the shattering effects of the explosion, and all are done so well: from the fictionalized Halifax glass factory where Fred and Clare are employed; the Annapolis Valley where Clare and her fiancé Leo are from; the art studio; to the trenches in France where Leo is a soldier.”

Thank you to Mary Ann Moore for writing a review, which you can read in full here.


Clem Martini interview on CJSW 90.9 FM

Clem Martini chats about family caregiving and how quickly things can go south on The Almanacs on CJSW 90.9 FM, as well as his new book The Unravelling. There is a podcast recording of the interview here.


Two Roads Home in the Kingston Whig-Standard

Wayne Grady writes about Daniel Griffin’s Two Roads Home, and its Kingston connections, in the Kingston Whig-Standard. You can read the article here.


Article about family caregiving by Clem Martini in AlbertaViews

Clem Martini’s article “When Things Fall Apart: How Quickly Family Caregiving Can Go South” appears in the latest issue of Alberta Views magazine and online:


Winter Child review in What’s Up Yukon

Another new review of Winter Child by Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau this week, this time from What’s Up Yukon:

“Gripping memories of love and betrayal show how a history of residential schools and wartime conscription became a familial wound, deepening as the trauma of one generation gets inherited by the next. There is no doubt that Winter Child is a heavy read, but it is also a story of resilience… an amazing work of art.”

You can read the full review here.


CBC Books chats with Alison Watt

On the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, CBC Books chats with Alison Watt about why she wrote a novel inspired by the Halifax Explosion, glasswork, and finding the good in unbearable circumstances. You can read the interview here.


Quill and Quire reviews Two Roads Home

Amanda Leduc reviews Daniel Griffin’s debut novel Two Roads Home for Quill and Quire:

“Two Roads Home effectively pulls together a ragtag cast of characters. These figures appear like a single entity from afar, but upon closer inspection, they splinter into nuanced individuals the way the forest splits into separate trees when seen up close. Activists, squatters, and parents are all united by a desire to keep the things they love untouched and pristine – a desire that grows unwieldy and complex as the repercussions of the explosion ricochet out into the world and illuminate hopes and values that reside well beyond the land being fought over.”

You can read the full review online here.