Arts & Culture

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Review: Minister Without Porfolio by Michael Winter

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jul 17, 2016 09:35 AM
As some of you may know, the Canada Reads book challenge is on in March. The short list has been out since the end of January, which gives avid readers a couple of months to get through five books. My first pick was Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio, a story set in Renews, Newfoundland.

Critique: Nikolski de Nicolas Dickner

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jul 22, 2016 09:18 AM
J'ai récemment eu envie de lire le dernier livre de Nicolas Dickner (Six degrés de liberté) qui semble être bien reçu, mais je ne m'étais jamais donné la chance de lire son premier roman: Nikolski. Il avait, lui aussi, causé beaucoup d'émoi dans les années suivant sa parution en 2005. Je me suis donc procuré les deux livres (à partir de la collection de la bibliothèque publique de Toronto, bien-sûr).

Review: Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jul 17, 2016 09:24 AM
If you, like myself, hadn’t heard much about the intriguing instrument called the theremin, then you’re in for a treat. The winner of the 2014 Giller prize is Sean Michaels’ Us Conductors, a tale about Lev Theremin and the instrument he invented in the 1920′s.

Review: February by Lisa Moore

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jul 17, 2016 09:21 AM
In 2013, February by Lisa Moore was the winner of Canada Reads. I only just caught up and had the chance to read it recently. It reminds us of an important part of Canadian labour history: the story of the Ocean Ranger, an oil drilling unit off the coast of Newfoundland that sank in 1982, killing the 84 men on board.

Book review: 44 Hours or Strike! | R. Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 10, 2016 09:58 AM
Rarely do you come across fiction for young readers where the backdrop is a labour dispute, let alone one as harsh and violent as the 1931 dressmakers’ strike in Toronto. In 44 hours or strike! (Second Story Press, 2015), Anne Dublin has us follow two young Jewish sisters whose struggle ends up taking place as much within themselves as it does in the cold streets of Hogtown.
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