Patty Osborne

Patty Osborne is a frequent contributor to “Endnotes” in Geist. She lives in North Vancouver. Follow her blog at

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The Demons of Aquilonia

A review of The Demons of Aquilonia, a novel by Lina Medaglia. more »

Dec 20, 2013 by in Reviews

Barnacle Love

A review of Barnacle Love, a collection of short stories by Anthony De Sa. more »

Dec 20, 2013 by in Reviews

Tale for the Time Being—the way I read it

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Sep 21, 2013 by

Red Scare

Laurie Lewis thinks back to her childhood in Canada, growing up amidst Communist paranoia in the 1940s. more »

Jun 19, 2013 by in Reviews

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Maladjusted: is it them or is it us?

Headline Theatre's new play, Maladjusted, is an intriguing, thought-provoking and interactive event that takes us deep into the mental health system. more »

Mar 15, 2013 by in Patty Osborne's Blog (1 Comments)

Commies in Canada

Laurie Lewis has written a smart, concise and humourous memoir about being a "little comrade" in Canada during the McCarthy era. more »

Jan 8, 2013 by in Patty Osborne's Blog

Greatest Dreams

The new chapbook from the Writer's Exchange promises to reveal it's contributors' (elementary school kids) greatest dreams. more »

Dec 21, 2012 by in Patty Osborne's Blog (1 Comments)

From the Geist kitchen: AnnMarie's Shortbread Cookies

A delicious recipe from the Geist kitchen—just in time for the holidays. more »

Dec 18, 2012 by in Patty Osborne's Blog

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The Sisters Brothers

Review of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. deWitt's novel has won the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Giller and the Man Booker Prize. more »

Feb 9, 2012 by in Reviews

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

What if you lived in a country where no matter who was in power, citizens were tortured and executed, and even though you’re only a teenager you became an enemy of the state because you spoke out in math class, but you were rescued from the firing squad by a jailer who falls in love with you and compels you to marry him and become part of his family, a family who is much kinder to you than your own family, even though their son routinely tortures people? more »

Apr 19, 2011 by in Reviews


The best book I’ve read between chapters of The Polished Hoe is Jane Eaton Hamilton’s latest book, Hunger (Oberon), a collection of ten short stories, including the best story about breast cancer that I have ever read. more »

Apr 19, 2011 by in Reviews

Women of the World: Women Travelers and Explorers

Another book in which women get to climb mountains is Women of the World: Women Travelers and Explorers by Rebecca Stefoff (Oxford University Press). I found this big green book while browsing in the Young Adult section of the library (my son needed more »

Mar 7, 2011 by in Reviews