The Textbook of the Rose is a group of stories and a novella that I describe as “a tale” but in effect add up to a novel. The book was shortlisted for the Alberta Book Award, and it won the WO Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. It tells the story of a professor of medieval literature who has a fleeting but life-giving romance with a much younger man.

It was published in 2000 by Cormorant.

Available at Shelf Life Books.

This review of the book appeared recently on a website called The Indextrious Reader.