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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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Logs rolling down a ramp into a lake from an inland logging camp near Gordon Pasha Lakes. July 1944, Powell River, BC. /
Des bûches roulant le long d'une rampe dans l'eau près d'un camp de bûcherons des lacs de Gordon Pasha. Juillet 1944, Powell River, BC.
Image: Harry Rowed. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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Cadets participate in the barrel pass at the Royal Air Force Cadet Brigade, Hastings, England, May 1918. /
Des cadets participent au passe-tonneau de la brigade des cadets de la « Royal Air Force » (force aérienne royale), Hastings, Angleterre, mai 1918. 
Image: Canada. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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The Capilano suspension bridge, Vancouver, BC. Circa 1920./
Le Pont suspendu de Capilano, Vancouver, BC. Vers 1920.
Image: Canadian National Railways. Canadien National. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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Women and men workers lifting a log at the Pictou shipyard. January, 1943, Pictou, Nova Scotia. /
Au chantier naval de Pictou, des ouvrières et des ouvriers soulèvent un tronc d'arbre. Janvier, 1943, Pictou, Nouvelle-Écosse.
Image: National Film Board of Canada. Office national du film du Canada. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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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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Roch Carrier, author of the Québécois fable The Hockey Sweater, in Montréal in 1974. It looks like he had a pretty cuddly assistant. /
Roch Carrier, l’auteur du conte québécois Une abominable feuille d’érable sur la glace (ou Le chandail de hockey), à Montréal en 1974. Évidemment, son assistant était vraiment câlineux. 
Image: Sam Tata. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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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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Ready for the World Series? There are only two Canadians (John Axford and Ryan Dempster) in this year’s series, so here’s another: a boy holding a baseball bat in Manitoba, 1954. /
Êtes-vous prêts pour la Série mondiale? Seulement deux Canadiens (John Axford et Ryan Dempster) figureront dans la série cette année, donc en voici un autre : un garçon tenant un bâton de base-ball au Manitoba en 1954. 
Image: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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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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Two men loading or unloading a red canoe by the water (possibly Pen Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario), no date. /
Deux hommes chargeant ou déchargeant un canot rouge près de l'eau (possiblement le lac Pen dans le parc Algonquin, Ontario), sans date.
Image: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
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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 […]