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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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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Woman admiring autumn scene, Banff National Park, Alberta, 1951. /
Une femme admirant un paysage d'automne, dans le parc national Banff, en Alberta, 1951.
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Seal hunter Augustin Taqqaugaq and his son Lukie motor through the shifting autumn ice floes of Foxe Basin. At this time of year, seals sink quickly after they are shot, and many are lost before they can be hauled into the boat. Foxe Basin, Nunavut, September, 1979. /
Le chasseur de phoques Augustin Taqqaugaq et son fils Lukie traversent la banquise agitée d’automne du bassin de Foxe. À cette période de l’année, les phoques coulent rapidement après avoir été fusillés. Beaucoup sont perdus avant qu’ils puissent être tirés dans le bateau. Bassin de Foxe, Nunavut, septembre, 1979.
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In honour of another Saturday night of hockey, here’s Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower in 1962. /
En l’honneur d’un autre samedi soir spécial hockey, voici le gardien de but, membre du Temple de la renommée du hockey, Johnny Bower en 1962.
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Women seated at tables boxing trays of maple sugar cookies, March 1961. /
Des femmes attablées pour mettre en boîte des plateaux de biscuits au sucre d'érable, mars 1961.
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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 […]