Dektet Review in Globe and Mail

Apparently, if you say enough negative things about your local newspaper’s weekend book section, someone from said book section will eventually hire you to write for them. Evidence for this new law of Newtonian physics lies in my review of the ten titles from Calgary-based Frontenac House’s Spring “Dektet” catalogue, which appeared in Saturday’s Globe and Mail.

Admittedly, I don’t read the Globe and Mail’s Books Section, so I missed it. But now here it is, in electronic glory. In brief: 1. There’s not a lot of point to publishing 10 books if you can’t successfully market and distribute your usual four, not that this is necessarily your fault. 2. That being said, the point of being a small press is to foster good books, and there are good books here that deserve the chance Frontenac has given them. 3. To my eye, the good books in Frontenac’s Dektet were: Keith Garebian’s Children of Ararat, Douglas Burnet Smith’s Learning to Count, and especially Nikki Reimer’s [sic]. All come Vox recommended. Here’s the whole review.

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4 Comments on “Dektet Review in Globe and Mail”


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Stephen Rowe, Jacob M. Mooney. Jacob M. Mooney said: In which our hero reviews 10 books of poetry in 1,200 words. Luckily, I practiced for this on Twitter: http://t.co/U2nrjqQ […]


  2. I’ve said negative things about the Globe’s book section in the past and they’ve never asked ME to write for them.

  3. LH Says:

    Nor me.

    Just saying.

  4. voxpopulism Says:

    I think the big lesson for me in this is to take it seriously when editors say they’re going to copyedit for House Style. The globe, apparently, is not into serial commas after an “and”. Which is a bummer, as at least two of said commas were doubling as comparitive/joining commas as well, and the sentences involved suffered a bit.

    The review reads kind of messy to me. And it doesn’t seem fair to blame it on the amount of material needed to be dealt with in 1,100 words. Oh well, one of these days I’ll write a review I actually like.


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