The Facts About Writing Fiction

August 10, 2012 4:05 pm
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A good writer creates a short story or novel based on what he knows – what he has experienced. Something in his past or present state of affairs affects him deeply. The story he writes may be about a person that has made some kind of impact on him – not just a family member or friend but a stranger, as well.

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To the Sea, a Book Review

August 8, 2012 5:54 pm
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Newfoundland and Labrador 1700: in the morning dawn, boat crews are setting off the southeastern coast for another day of cod fishing. The water is calm, the skies clear. The fishermen travel steadily out to sea before bringing their vessels to rest. Hand lines are tossed into the water, the tips covered with squid or capelin, the favorite bait used to draw cod close to their boats.

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Living In the Past: Review of The Chemistry of Tears By Peter Carey

July 4, 2012 9:00 am
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The climate crisis is among the themes in Carey’s latest novel, The Chemistry of Tears. The peril in which the planet finds itself serves as a backdrop to the story of the novel’s two main characters, one from the 19th century and the other living in the present.

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Covering Humanity at War

May 15, 2012 9:05 am
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Nahlah Ayed will never forget the day she looked into the eyes of death. She stood still, the gun pointed at her. The man was ready to shoot her. She stood on a street in Iraq and kept repeating that she was just a journalist, she was just doing her job. A foreign correspondent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Manitoba-born Ayed says if journalists claim they are not scared to report from war zones – they are lying.

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Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age

May 3, 2012 5:40 pm
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Today Vincent Van Gogh is everywhere. Prints of the Dutch master’s most famous paintings adorn student dormitories, living rooms and cafes. Why then did a painter exert such a profound influence on our understanding of the 20th century? What accounts for the enormous appeal of his work? These are among the questions that run through Modris Eksteins’s new book, Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age.

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Book Review: Behind The Bank Counter

May 2, 2012 8:55 am
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Brian L. Coventry’s You Can Bank on That: The Early Years, a second sequel to the author’s first book Adopted at Age Four, will give its readers a perspective on how the credit business operates inside and out.

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Sin: The Russia You Never Knew

April 24, 2012 9:17 am
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Sin, has already shaken the Russian literary world with a bold and honest description of post-communist Russia’s past, becoming a national bestseller and earning multiple literary awards.Critics in Russia dubbed Zahar Prilepin as a ‘new Dostoevsky’; in the West, he is compared to Hemingway.

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A True Story of Marriage Fraud and Justice Found

April 6, 2012 8:35 am
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Lainie Towell’s new book How to Catch an African Chicken – A Canadian Woman’s Outrageous but True Story of Marriage Fraud could be making history. Towell’s ordeal prompted Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to get cracking with new marriage fraud laws.

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Book Review – Civilization: The West and the Rest

February 10, 2012 9:23 am
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The combination of economic stagnation and political paralysis in both America and among European Union member countries makes any book about the fate of the West timely reading. The potential for western civilization’s slow demise is one of the themes of Niall Ferguson’s latest book, Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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A Dragon’s Persuasion: Book Review

January 25, 2012 4:30 pm
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Back in November, Arlene Dickinson was in Ottawa to launch her new book, Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds. OLM’s Jennifer Chauhan discusses Dickinson’s new book and provides some perspectives on ‘Persuasion’.

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Adrienne Clarkson: Room for All of Us

January 10, 2012 9:29 am
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In her latest book, Room for all of Us, Canada’s former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, shares her poignant views on immigration, displacement and belonging. Recently, our web editor, Katarina, had the chance to sit down with Ms. Clarkson and discuss the motivation behind her work.

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Book Review: Winter ~ Five Windows on the Season

November 24, 2011 4:35 pm
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As Adam Gopnik’s book Winter (and this year’s CBC/Massey Lectures) makes clear, winter is at once a season of struggle and joy. Yes winter is a period of sustained darkness and biting cold. But for Gopnik, who was born in Philadelphia but raised in Montreal, few images resonate more strongly than of kids playing hockey on frozen ponds as dusk falls on a cold December day or of scenes of families huddling by the fire, while frost builds on the windows.

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Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth By Edmund Russell

September 13, 2011 11:09 am
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Edmund Russell’s book, Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth explores virtually every large scale human endeavour, and the evolutionary impacts not only on humans but on the natural world.

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Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind

July 13, 2011 10:20 am
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by Brian Fagan • Bloomsbury Press, 2011, 384 pp. This spring’s flooding of the Assiniboine River in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Richelieu River in Quebec has thrust surrounding communities into crisis.

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Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

May 30, 2011 10:06 am
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After a night spent alone in mid-May 1885, Louis Riel emerged from the wilderness and surrendered to Canadian military. He was the leader of the Métis rebellion that the government of Sir John A. McDonald was intent on crushing.

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

March 6, 2011 1:39 am

John Vaillant, Knopf Canada, 2010 • 329pp. The region is Primorye, located in Russia’s Far East. On a frigid day in the dead of winter, a man is returning to his cabin in the remote wilderness with his dog. The region is populated with Amur tigers, which have an awesome […]

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

January 6, 2011 4:13 am

Siddhartha Mukherjee • Scribner, Toronto, 2010, 571pp. In 1961, the multi-drug therapy referred to as VAMP initially showed impressive signs of success in treating childhood leukemia. When given to patients, tumours receded, leukemia cells were reduced in the bone marrow and white blood cell counts returned to normal. Within months […]

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