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  • Collections of poems, city-life stories offer window to soul-searching

    Collections of poems, city-life stories offer window to soul-searching

    nipe wanin: my way back By Mika Lafond, Thistledown Press, $20 GLASS BEADS By Dawn Dumont, Thistledown Press, $20   Mika Lafond’s first collection of poems, nipe wanin, is the first thesis from the Masters of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Saskatchewan to be turned into a published book. (Disclosure: I read […]
  • Looking to the North: Canmore-based company releases Arctic Comics

    Looking to the North: Canmore-based company releases Arctic Comics

    It was meant to be a window into the world of Arctic life, showcasing all the colour, adventure, humour and myth of the Canadian north for a global audience at Expo 92 in Seville, Spain. But the deadline couldn’t be met. So Arctic Comics, a hardcover collection of stories told mostly by Inuit storytellers and artists, was shelved […]
  • Canmore author and humour expert Michael Kerr says businesses should be laughing all the way to the bank

    Canmore author and humour expert Michael Kerr says businesses should be laughing all the way to the bank

    It may be one of the few business books with a rubber chicken on the cover. It’s certainly one of the few with a foreword dedicated to studying the success of Men in Kilts, a Vancouver-based company that got a bare leg up in a competitive field of window-washing by having its burly employees dress in those traditional skirt-like garments. But […]
  • QC Read My Book featuring Dormer Window by Pat Reddekopp

    QC Read My Book featuring Dormer Window by Pat Reddekopp

    Dormer Window by Pat Reddekopp traces a teenage boy's journey navigating a difficult situation.
  • Calling all angels: Heather O'Neill's new book takes flight

    Calling all angels: Heather O'Neill's new book takes flight

    For Heather O’Neill, the answer often lies very close to home. Asked last week about the inspiration for a theme that runs through her new story collection, she simply pointed out the window of the N.D.G. café where we were sitting, across the street to a venerable and in recent years sadly neglected local landmark […]
  • What they’re reading this fall.

    What they’re reading this fall.

    Brenda Chapman (YA and adult fiction author of Second Chances and Cold Morning (Dundurn) with two new books this fall, My Sister’s Keeper and Hard Fall Grass Roots Press, September) Linwood Barclay’s thriller A Tap on the Window (Random House, out now).
  • John Vigna finds flashes of beauty among poverty and violence in Bull Head

    John Vigna finds flashes of beauty among poverty and violence in Bull Head

    “Brian woke in the back of his battered Monte Carlo to the sound of dogs barking. The car reeked of ground coffee and stale sleep. He cracked the window to let in the chilly smoke of wood stoves from the valley, crawled over into the front seat to check his wallet, and prayed over the gas gauge. Outside of his ex-wife’s double-wide, a dead dog lay eviscerated in the grass, its jaw frozen in a grimace, eye socket hollowed. Two ravens yanked at its innards in quick, vicious tugs. Brian dug in the ashtray, found a roach and lit it, inhaled, and held the smoke before exhaling through the gash in the window.”

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