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By Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer prefaces her third novel by noting that some of its more putatively dubious plot points are in fact true. Namely, until the late 1970s, Ontario had a bear-wrestling circuit, the Canadian National...

January 28, 2014 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Alison MacLeod

In Unexploded, which was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, life in 1940 Brighton is tense and terrifying. Following the German invasion of France, the English city becomes focused on a potential incursion from...

November 13, 2013 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Suzanne Sutherland

Binge-eating, suicidal thoughts, sexual frustration, alienated parents, best-friend-turned-mean-girl – in short, a good wallow in what one character calls a “drama pit” – are the components aut...

August 1, 2013 | Filed under: Book news

By Loretta Seto; Renné Benoit, illus

Vancouver screenwriter and playwright Loretta Seto’s debut picture book is a lovely, touching story that functions well as both entertainment and an introduction to a snippet of Chinese culture. A young girl is ...

March 19, 2013 | Filed under: Picture Books

By Safia Fazlul

Farina is the deeply cynical and unhappy daughter of Bangladeshi parents. Living in a Muslim ghetto in a large Canadian city, she eschews university and instead gets a full-time deli job to fund her independence.…

January 3, 2013 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Rick Mercer

In the latest issue of the recently reanimated magazine The Baffler, Steve Almond takes aim at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for, among other things, being “parasites of the dysfunction they mock” and &l...

December 10, 2012 | Filed under: Reference