September 3, 2018

I told myself that this would be the summer where I stopped binge-watching terrible television shows and started working my way through the big stack of unread books in my living room.

I used to consider myself an avid reader. I remember telling my mum that reading was my hobby (she told me that reading couldn't be a hobby, but that's beside the point). In the summer, I'd spend long, long hours in the Edmonton Public Library be...

August 29, 2018

Fret not, we haven’t died or fell into a deep ocean trench. Let’s just call it what it was, a hibernation. If you’re still here and reading this, thank you. If you’re not, well then it doesn’t matter because you’re probably doing something else. We hope it’s eating a cheese-centric snack.

The past few months have been hectic for the Saltern team. Having multiple jobs and being humans that need to sleep has left us a little, sha...

April 19, 2018

I tend to get nervous when presented with long-form literary fiction. Is it going to be so complex and unconventional that I lose confidence in my ability as a reader? While The Shipping News was assigned as a reading for one of my classes, I found myself obsessing over Proulx’s unique knack to take an ordinary description and flip it around. More than once I stopped and read a passage to my roommate. 

The Shipping News fo...

March 14, 2018

I read most of this book the first day I cracked it open. I like to write in the books I read--make notes in the margin or mark passages that resonate with me with a thin line of graphite. I started doing that with Hunger but if I'd continued I would've underlined the whole damn book. Roxane Gay articulated things that I'd felt but never known how to put into words myself. She writes about her own trauma in a way that is raw a...

December 1, 2017

It's been too long since I've been able to dedicate my time and my brain to a book-length work, but I haven't let that stop me from devouring bite-sized bits of prose. Lately, I've been obsessed with the personal essay--it's a form I think I've always loved, but am just now fully letting my obsession reign free. I try to read a personal essay a day. It's hard but not hard, really, when you do all your reading online and are tr...

November 9, 2017

I just finished Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, and wow, I wish it took me longer. Although this isn’t one of Atkinson’s most recent novels (I highly recommend checking out Life After Life—it will blow your mind), I don’t find myself bogged down with 90s colloquialisms. The novel follows Ruby Lennox, beginning with the day she is conceived, as she struggles to fit in with her family. From the first sentence,...

November 2, 2017

I just (minutes ago) finished Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel Next Year, For Sure. Holy moly. Read it. Do it. It’s been a while since I’ve read such a lively yet delicate novel-length piece of fiction. Does this mean I’ve been reading the wrong books? Maybe. Thankfully, this book dissolved some of my ennui. The novel follows Chris and Kathryn who drift into a status of polyamory after Kathryn encourages her long-time boyfrie...

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