People//Personnes
The breathtaking view en route to Arviat.

Aboriginal Arts & Stories experienced a whirlwind start to our tenth year. The program has reached hundreds of communities across the country since it began in 2005, and this year we added Arviat, Nunavut, to the list. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to facilitate Aboriginal Arts & Stories’ first writing workshop in the […]

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Things//Choses
A planter works an especially good piece of land and will go on to make over $700 in one day. As the season progresses, planters will push themselves to make as much money as possible before the contract finishes.
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The note on the series proposal was succinct: “Nuts!” BBC television drama head Sydney Newman (1917-1997) wasn’t happy with several ideas outlined for a children’s science fiction show he wanted to run in a late Saturday afternoon ratings dead zone. While Newman approved of a protagonist equipped with a time machine, he rejected the lead […]

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Literature
Things//Choses

David Gilmour, Extraordinary, HarperCollins Publishers (2013) In a by-now-infamous interview with Hazlitt magazine this fall, David Gilmour, 2005 Governor General’s Award winner for A Perfect Night to Go to China and the current Pelham Edgar Professor of Literary Studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, remarked "I’m not interested in teaching books by women… when I […]

Born in North Bay, Ontario, in 1955 and educated at York University, acclaimed Toronto artist Jeannie Thib, known for her delicate and intricately ornamental sculptures, installations, and prints, died on Saturday morning, October 26. She was 58 years old. A prominent and beloved presence on the Toronto art scene since the 1980s, Thib enjoyed dozens […]

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HowtoGetAlongwithWomen

Elisabeth DeMariaffi, How to Get Along with Women, Invisible Publishing (2012) Elisabeth De Mariaffi’s short stories focus on female characters and seemingly innocuous moments in their lives that may or may not be pivotal — the author is never explicit about this. Everything Under Your Feet features Lydia Strunk running up a mountain, every day.  The character […]

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Son-of-a-Certain-Woman

Wayne Johnston, The Son of a Certain Woman, Alfred A. Knopf Canada (2013) Having loved The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, I would be remiss not to warn potential readers that Wayne Johnston’s new novel, The Son of a Certain Woman, is a very different kind of book. In place of the sweeping descriptions of Newfoundland, […]

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Joseph Boyden, The Orenda, Hamish Hamilton (2013)   Orenda is the power in all things, the life force present in humans, animals, plants, and earth. In the context of indigenous and settler-colonial relations, the word represents a fundamental difference in understanding. While Christophe, the Jesuit missionary in Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, sees only the human soul, his […]

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October 1970

Louis Hamelin, October 1970, House of Anansi Press (2013) “October 1970 is a work of fiction,” writes the book’s author, Louis Hamelin. It is “a reconstruction in which imagination took the place of historical investigation. The unofficial history was the novelist’s mortar when faced with the patchy official version, which barely stands up to the slightest prodding.” […]

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caught

Lisa Moore, Caught, House of Anansi Press I have to admit, having never read a Lisa Moore book before, Caught was not what I expected. The jacket cover promised me “undercover agents,” “adventure” and “many, many bales of marijuana.” Conditioned to believe undercover agents lead to high-stakes shoot outs and drugs to battles between good […]

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Hellgoing

Hellgoing, Lynn Coady, House of Anansi Press Well-being is a happy state of contentment and acceptance that the characters in Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing, a finalist for this year’s Giller Prize, would find unfamiliar. As the title of her engaging and highly enjoyable collection of short stories suggests, the fate of these characters — mostly, but […]

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I don’t know whether you know Mariposa. There is a silence that cannot speak. Out of the gravel there are peonies growing. This is a story a young girl gathers in a car during the early hours of the morning. “Oh God. I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel.” These are the […]