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I’ve made no secret of the immense joy I have always found journeying within the worlds of films and books. So I hope you will join the excursions I’ve decided to helm on a monthly basis. I’ll give you my thoughts about movies and books – and, if you have a chance to view and read them – I’d love to chat with you about them. Be warned that many of the items I’ll be talking about may not be new. We are so lucky now that films, like books, have a long shelf life. It’s never been much of a problem finding a good book that was written 50 or 100 years ago but only recently has it been possible to easily access films from this time span. I love the fact that we have these entire libraries of treasures to explore. You may need to head over to a specialty DVD store to find some of the film items – but they’re definitely available.

Oh, yes…I should tell you – this is about as bloggy as I get.

  • 4 August 2016 : Book and Movie Picks for August 2016
    Gilead, Home and Lila I have spent the last couple of weeks with Marilynne Robinson. Her Gilead trilogy seems to me to be well-suited to lazy summer afternoons and evenings, where I can bask in the southern sun from the deck of our second-story apartment, sometimes nodding off—as the preacher-narrator often does in the first book—but never really minding, quite happy to backtrack over a few paragraphs to pick up a strand. These are thoughtful, slow-paced narratives that dig into character but also chronicle in exacting detail the times and places that shape and often amplify character. In Gilead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [More...]

  • 27 September 2012 : Glen Huser’s Book and Movie Picks for September, 2012
    My Book Pick: A Year Down Yonder About a year ago I read Richard Peck’s The Teacher’s Funeral and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Young Adult Book Club I belong to chose to read another of his novels for our September meeting – A Year Down Yonder (Dial, 2000). In many ways it was similar, examining shenanigans in a small rural community many decades back, and I think most of our reading group wished we had chosen something different. But I have to say I absolutely fell in love with A Year Down Yonder. Peck is a master storyteller and here he [More...]

  • 20 May 2012 : My Movie Pick: Stars in My Crown
    Is it really January since I posted!? Good intentions… The last few months have been particularly busy with writing projects and travel and I now realize that a book and a movie a month may be unrealistic so I’ll amend my statement of intention to posting these items when I have a chance. I’ve been taping films from the Turner Classic Movies channel–again, to catch up with when I have a chance—and it was a special pleasure to watch a couple featuring Joel McCrae. I own DVDs of Sullivan’s Travels and The Palm Beach Story, possibly McCrae’s finest comedic turns, and [More...]

  • 19 January 2012 : Glen Huser’s Movie and Book Picks for January, 2012
    My Book Pick: The Biograph Girl My book pick for January is William J. Mann’s The Biograph Girl (Kensington Books, 2000). A pen-friend (or should I say a computer-keyboard friend) from Australia, Peter Bastian – knowing my fascination with Hollywood film history – recommended this to me. Already a fan of William Mann’s movie star biographies (Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn), I fell into this heady mixture of fact and fiction and barely came up for air before finishing its 457 pages. The core of Mann’s novel is the real-life saga of Florence [More...]

  • 16 December 2011 : Glen Huser’s Movie and Book Picks for December, 2011
    My Book Pick: Star Mother's Youngest Child My book pick for this December is my favourite Christmas book – one I have read regularly over the years at Christmas to school children and members of my own family. It is Star Mother’s Youngest Child (Houghton Mifflin, 1975) with text by Louise Moeri and illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. I first came across the book when I was reviewing children’s literature for the Learning Resources department of Edmonton Public Schools – and I immediately bought a copy for myself as well as ordering it for the school libraries where I was working. [More...]