Jane Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

Category: reviews

Review of Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes

Love will Burst

Esther Griffin, a student in the optional residency MFA at UBC and an English teacher in ON, has generously reviewed the book for Prism where, as she notes, I twice won the fiction prize. Someone was just asking me with what stories:  Sperm King and Goombay Smash.

Prism review


It’s time for queer Canadian poetry


sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton 2015

Yay, Canadian poetry!

From Scott Dagostino of Glad Day Books in Toronto comes a round-up of Canada’s queer poetry scene.  Besides me, Canadians mentioned are Amber Dawn, John Barton, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Horlick, , Ben Ladouceur, Jeffrey Round, Marcus McCann and Shannon Webb-Campbell.


Xtra, Xtra, read all about it


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Daily Xtra, Canada’s gay rag, has a look-see at three current lesbian books:

Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes, poems

100 Days of Rain, by Carellin Brooks, novel

For Your Own Good, by Leah Horlick, poems

Yummy.  I knew about Leah’s book and have been looking forward to it, but I didn’t realize Carellin had a novel.  Can’t wait to read them.

Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 4.57.25 AMDr. Barbara N. Horowitz and Kathyrn Bowers

Just a terrific book. Talks about animals and disease, moves to roargasms, into zoophoria and the drugs behind it, why animals are getting fat, animal self-injury, eating disorders, infections, adolescent parting.  A book about the intersection of human and animal medicine which could not be better done.  If you ever wanted to know more about animals, choose this as your next read.

Pg 91, on addiction: “A friendly cocker spaniel in TX once sent her owners’ lives into a tailsprin when she turned her attention to toad licking.  Lady had been the perfect pet, until one day she got a taste of the hallucinogenic toxin on the skin of a cane toad.  Soon she was obsessed with the back door, always begging to get out.  She’d beeline to the pond in the backyard and sniff out the toads.  Once she found them, she mouthed them so vigorously she sucked the pigment right out of their skin.  According to her owners, after these amphibian benders Lady would be “disoriented and withdrawn, soporifice and glassy-eyed.”  So the neighbours’ dogs weren’t allowed to come over to play, for fear that they’d pick up Lady’s habit.  As amusingly recounted in a story on NPR, one night the dog’s human mistress found herself in the backyard at four in the morning, desperately searching for a toad to give to Lady–literally enabling the addiction so the dog would finally come inside and the family could get some sleep.”

Against Enthusiasm in Book Reviewing


Review of story “Wart’s Ugly”

“And don’t miss Jane Eaton Hamilton’s “Wart’s Ugly.” It’s a delightful story with a cast of whacky family members, including a mentally-ill mother and Wart, a tomboy daughter losing her hair. The story whirls around the friendship of Wendy and Wart in a skilled manner suggesting Hamilton is familiar with the gospel-according-to-Norman-Levine: The less said the better. So, like Wart, we’re never 100 per cent certain what’s what, but we sense the unease and suffering of both parents and the pain of kids blundering their way through love and lust. While there’s an inevitability to the conclusion, and the details remain elusive (like what happened to both mom and dad?), we do know that Wart digs a deep moat around herself, ending a brilliant and satisfying look at a girl’s first broken heart. For [Hamilton and two others] alone No Margins is worth buying.”

No Margins
writing canadian fiction in lesbian
Edited by Catherine Lake, Nairne Holtz & Nairne Holtz


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