Reviews of the written word

A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia By Andrew MacLeod Harbour Publishing 256 pages; $22.95 Reviewed by Erin Anderson In A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia, journalist Andrew MacLeod presents a case for our province as one with the greatest […]

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Do you think this is strange? By Aaron Cully Drake Brindle & Glass Publishing Ltd. 272pp; $17.95 Reviewed by Chris Ho Told from the perspective of Freddy, a 17-year-old boy who struggles with autism, Aaron Cully Drake’s debut novel offers a unique narrative collage. Vancouver-based writer/editor Drake has written for newspapers and magazines. He has […]

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Hastings-Sunrise By Bren Simmers Nightwood Editions 96 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Cole Mash East Vancouver, like the rest of the capitalist world, is an area in a state of constant decay and repair. Parking lots are paved for the condos beside them, followed by people and their cars to fill those parking lots. Hastings- Sunrise, the […]

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What Can’t Be Undone By dee Hobsbawn-Smith Thistledown Press 200 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Traci Skuce The cover picture on dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s new collection of stories, What Can’t Be Undone, is of a rope pulled taut. The plies of the rope are severed and frayed, and only a single strand holds it together. And this […]

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Vancouver Blue By Wayne Cope Harbour Publishing 223 pages, $22.95 Reviewed by Adam Hayman If you like crime procedurals on TV, Vancouver Blue will entertain you. If you are like me, with a case of police phobia, it helps reveal cops as real humans. Wayne Cope’s stories sound like he’s sharing them over a beer, […]

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Me Artsy Edited by Drew Hayden Taylor Douglas & McIntyre 266 pages, $22.95 Reviewed by Annabel Howard                                                                      Me Artsy, the third […]

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undercurrent By Rita Wong Nightwood Editions 96 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Cole Mash In her poem “The Wonders of Being Several,” Rita Wong quotes Louis Pasteur, writing, “the role of the infinitely small, is infinitely large.” This quotation rings especially true of Wong’s new collection undercurrent. Though it spans only 96 pages, make no mistake—the […]

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Theatre of the Unimpressed:  In Search of Vital Drama By Jordan Tannahill Coach House Books 160 pages, $14.95 Reviewed by Joy Fisher At 26, Jordan Tannahill was one of the youngest Governor General’s Award recipients ever when he won in the drama category in 2014 for Age of Minority, a collection of plays for young […]

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Tonight is the Vancouver book launch for Elise Partridge’s The Exiles’ Gallery, published by the House of Anansi. The launch will take place at 7 p.m. (Thursday, May 21), at the Heartwood Café. Rob Taylor will be among writers reading Elise Partridge’s work. Here he shares a personal tribute to the late, and beloved, Vancouver-based poet. […]

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Specimen By Irina Kovalyova House of Anansi 256 pages; $19.95 Reviewed by Traci Skuce Not long ago, I met a surgeon at a friend’s wedding. I asked him if, in opening the human body, he was ever inspired to write down insights about such revealed mystery. Not everyone, after all, gets to examine the dark […]

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