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Ottawa, Oberon Press,cl984. 139pp, paper,ISBN 0-88750-540-6 (cloth) $19.95, 0-88750-541-4 (paper) $9.95.

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by Margaret MacLean

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Coming A ttractions is second in a series originally called Impressions. It is designed to give scope to writers that Best Canadian Stories cannot provide. This volume includes three prose poems by Diane Schoemperlen, three Joan Fern Shaw stories from her Toronto childhood, and three stories by Michael Rawdon.

Rawdon writes two stories that include both a Canadian and a Spanish setting and a third that could be anywhere in the land of hi-tech. They are well-presented. The author cares about his characters and about what happens to them.

Shaw's stories are what I would call traditional. They are written in the first person and give an autobiographical background. The stories are interesting and hold attention.

Schoemperlen writes about very ordinary lives in an unusual format and from an unusual point of view. The pieces are short but intriguing. Recommended for senior students and public library collections.

Margaret MacLean, Central Technical School, Toronto, Ont.
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