Going Over the Mountain with Charles Manson OR Why We Love Reading About Evil

April 29, 2014

So, the other morning I was driving over Mont-Royal – going to get my morning coffee – noticing the budding, traumatized leaves trying to push their way through after this difficult winter – and it was beautiful. And I was listening to: Charles Manson. Well, actually, I was listening to Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh… Read More

BD Spotlight: YA Author Monique Polak

April 21, 2014

To know Monnique Polak is to love her. Ask any of her students. Or readers. Or friends. Here, the lively and talented teacher and YA author of the popular book, What World is Left, amongst others, answers the first-ever Book Dumpling Spotlight questionnaire: What is the last, great book that you read and to which type… Read More

On Montreal’s Weather OR A Serious Case of Cultural FOMO

April 20, 2014

The other day, I wandered home in the rain. When I walked into the apartment, I was so tired that I plopped down on the couch for a snooze. Half asleep, I could feel the sun come out and graze my face. Despite my high comfort level and an obvious need for sleep, I got… Read More