Chris Simpson

Semper letteris mandate

Arts & Entertainment

Gaff Topsails

Patrick Kavanagh’s fascinating tale of a small Newfoundland town in1948 on the day an iceberg lands on their shore.

Greg Gatenby’s new book reveals I’m being stalked by Barbara Gowdy

After realising how many literary figures had lived in or visited Toronto, Greg Gatenby set about finding them all — or at least one hell of a lot of them. Considering its nature, the book is remarkably compelling.

Timothy Findley’s Pilgrim makes death look good

Perhaps if I’d known this was to be Timothy Findley’s second-to-last book I would have been kinder in my review of his story about an immortal who attempts suicide, only to end up in Dr. Carl Jung’s clinic. On second thought — nah!

Missing the point at Planet Indie

More accessible than the Toronto International Film Festival, Planet Indie’s movies are also surprisingly good. Well, some. Others, not so much.

Notable Interviews

To the right are a few of the noteworthy interviews I've conducted.

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy

Astronaut James Lovell

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