Category Archives: Musings

The Progeria Connection

One of the characters in Brent van Staalduinen’s novel SAINTS, UNEXPECTED has progeria, a rare disease that drastically affects the body’s aging process. For another take on progeria (and a really cool writer’s career), check out this super-excellent episode of the Longform podcast, which features an interview with Robin Marantz Henig. She’s the author of […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 5

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Brent’s final suggestion is John Terpstra’s Under the Parapet Wall: John knows Hamilton to an unmatched depth and breadth, and writes about it with power and grace (I mean, he knows this city, right down […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 4

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Here are Brent’s thoughts on Rachael Preston’s The Fishers of Paradise: A historical novel about a long-gone aspect of our beloved city, the boathouses on the Cootes Paradise marsh. The marsh is still there—and less […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 3

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Next up is David Lee’s The Midnight Games: A dystopian novel about the late Ivor Wynne Stadium being used to host kill-or-be-killed survival games. What’s not to love? He’ll be on the April 10 Writing […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 2

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Here’s Brent on Kim Echlin’s Under the Visible Life: Not only is part of her most recent novel set in Hamilton, she is also writer-in-residence for the Hamilton Public Library, my other employer and a […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 1

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. First on the list, to celebrate National Poetry Month, is Chris Pannell’s A Nervous City: Chris’s poems reveal a creative intimacy in Hamilton’s streets that somehow moves effortlessly with its gritty, sooty heritage. He lent […]

Books that knock it out of the park

Check out NPR’s story on these three excellent baseball books recommended by Alan Schwarz, which all look to be solid shelf companions to Andrew Forbes’s The Utility of Boredom. Just in case you’re into expanding your baseball library this season.