Rants, raves and faves

David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories By D.D Miller A Buckrider Book 246 pages, $20 Reviewed by Adam Hayman Here is the easiest way I can summarize this book: if someone made a collection of short films out of D.D Miller’s stories, the director would have to be Louis C.K. However, if […]

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Poet Chris Hutchinson’s new book, Jonas in Frames: An Epic (Goose Lane), is brilliant, funny, challenging, a hybrid form for our times.  Born in Montreal in 1972, Hutchinson has published three books of poetry: Unfamiliar Weather, Other Peoples’ Lives and A Brief History of the Short Lived. He has a BFA from the University of […]

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Jeff Andrew, Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke Produced by Jeff Andrew, Tyrone Shoe and Corwin Fox http://jeffandrew.bandcamp.com/ ($7 Digital) Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak  Jeff Andrew’s sandpaper drawl is the first thing that draws the ear on his newest release, Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke. He really doesn’t sound like many other singers, but he isn’t really singing […]

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Michelle Mulder’s new book Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home, was recently published by Orca Books of Victoria, which creates a variety of top-notch books for young readers.  Mulder grew up in Port Moody, B.C.,  and can be seen pedalling her bicycle around Victoria, where she now lives with her husband and child. She’s […]

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By Joy Fisher The Playwrights Guild of Canada at its annual general meeting in Montreal recently turned its focus to redressing the chronic underrepresentation of women in key creative positions in Canadian theatre. The Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative will call on the theatre community as a whole to respond to gender inequities in the […]

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The forward-thinking proposition of restoring our planet to its more natural state– of “rewilding” it– lies at the heart of J.B. MacKinnon’s latest book, The Once and Future World.  His first work of creative nonfiction, Dead Man in Paradise won the RBC Taylor Prize. His second book, The 100-Mile Diet, co-authored with Alisa Smith, became […]

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Andrea Routley, an alumna of the University of Victoria, has recently published her debut short story collection, Jane and the Whales through Caitlin Press. The collection is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an international English-language award for LGBT literature. Previously, Routley’s work  has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including the Malahat Review and Room Magazine. In 2008, she […]

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The Fleece Era Joanna Lilley Brick Books 105 pages, $20 Reviewed by Julian Gunn Joanna Lilley’s The Fleece Era is the discovery of Brick Books’ spring season, a first poetry collection with a subtle, shifting vision of ecological and human connection. Lilley is a transplant, raised in England and now living in the Yukon. Because […]

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The World Afloat By M.A.C. Farrant Talonbooks 96 pages, $12.95  Reviewed by Marjorie Doyle I’ve been taken on a wild ride, with reflective stops along the way.  I wasn’t scared.  I trusted the driver. Reading through M.A.C. Farrant’s stories is like taking a tour through the psychedelic album covers of the 1970s – simultaneously laughing […]

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Real Ponchos, Since I Let You Go (May 6th, 2014) Produced by Jesse Gander and Real Ponchos Catch Real Ponchos at Logan’s Pub on June 13th. Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak Real Ponchos’ debut full-length, Since I Let You Go, is refreshingly honest, optimistic and devoid of the clichés that often muddle country and roots music. […]

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