Book Publishing, Bookselling, George Bowering, and the new censorship

        I read George Bowering’s latest book, Writing and Reading (New Star, Vancouver, 2019), in a single sitting, which was unique in my experience of reading him. Bowering can be demanding and occasionally hermetic, and therefore requires intense concentration. But Writing and Reading was like having a conversation with George at a…

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Margaret Atwood’s Backyard

While the world spent the week weeping over once-in-500-year floods, possible apocalypses, and the latest barbarisms of Donald Trump (in short it was a typical Book-of-Revelations end-of-August 7-Days-That-Were kind of week), Canada remained focused on author Margaret Atwood’s backyard. According to the nation’s journal of record, Toronto Life, “Margaret Atwood is really mad about some…

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After the Circus

The Paralympic games may be yet to come, but the Olympic circus has already packed up and left town. In its wake, Max Fawcett takes a look at the city it changed, and what those changes mean.

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