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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
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Speculative Fiction in Audiobooks
Hiromi Goto spoke at the University of Alberta yesterday, as part of the Canadian Literature Centre's Brown Bag Lunch Reading series. Her talk reminded me why I love speculative fiction."the best of speculative fiction is not bound by the mechanics of the systems we’ve developed to date, nor conf...
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
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Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
These are powerful personal essays about living through pain and surviving loss of all kinds, and violence, and injustice. Beautiful, cathartic and bleak, like the remote British Columbia settings where author Sarah de Leeuw has lived."It is the early summer of 1989. For the two of us it is the e...
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
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Tim Hortons References in Canadian Fiction
   "Darwin came home before the children went to bed, Lorraine asleep already. He had brought Timbits, assorted. The jelly ones, the tiny perfect jelly doughnuts, made Clara cry. Because they were so perfect and Lorraine was dying. She had salt in her mouth and powdery, dissolving sweet...
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Indigenous Picture Books and Residential School Ramifications
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Indigenous Picture Books and Residential School Ramifications
These three recent picture books by Indigenous authors make the Canadian residential school experience and its continuing ramifications easier for children to understand.When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie FlettStunning, powerful, sensitive and poetic. Nehiyawak (Cree) vocab...
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A Year of Literary Trepanations
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In 2016, I read six different books that mentioned trepanation. So far in 2017, I have read none. So, I am looking back on 2016 as my Year of Literary Trepanations.Venomous by Christie WilcoxFascinating information about deadly poisons and how people can benefit from them. Did you know that ...
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Best of September Reading 2017
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Out of 30 books that I read in September, there are a handful that really stand out, and half of them happen to be by Indigenous authors.Best Indigenous Short Stories: Annie Muktuk and Other Stories by Norma DunningA brilliant collection by an Edmonton author of Inuit heritage. Tragedy and j...
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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Fiction is a great vehicle for probing the big questions. In the case of The Marrow Thieves by Metis author Cherie Dimaline, those questions are:A. What does it mean to be human? andB. What does it mean to be Indigenous?These questions are packaged in a gripping survival story set in the near-fut...
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Reading Envy Podcast
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Do you love book podcasts as much as I do? If so, you can understand how excited I was to be a recent guest on Reading Envy.Jenny Colvin is a warm host and we enjoy similar kinds of books, so I felt quite relaxed during our conversation. I took advantage of the opportunity to draw attention to th...
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The Heavy Bear by Tim Bowling
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"After making a press of dark roast, I slipped in the DVD and watched The Railrodder. Then I watched Buster Keaton Rides Again, the documentary shot simultaneously with the filming of The Railroader, which is even more haunting in its depiction of a dying legend and a vanishing nation. And I step...
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Best of August 2017: Reading Wrap-Up
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Best of August 2017: Reading Wrap-Up
Above, my Goodreads page of books I've read in August. Let me tell you about some of them:Most Outstanding Graphic Novel: My Favourite Thing Is Monsters by Emil FerrisI have been telling everyone about this gorgeous, hefty, moving graphic novel whenever the subject of books comes up. (It com...
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