Monthly Archives: November 2013

LSD experiment sought to understand schizophrenia: Reporter recalled his experience in Maclean’s magazine

Bob Dylan released “Like A Rolling Stone” in 1965, but it still resonates; the tune was back in the news this month when the musician released an interactive video – a stunning multi-version lipsynced by various folk on television show … Continue reading

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The newest Canada Reads

This year’s CBC Canada Reads program is based on the question, What is the one novel that could change Canada? Here are the chosen books and their champions: Stephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood; Wab Kinew defends The … Continue reading

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QWF winners for 2013

Here are the 2013 winners of the Quebec Writers Federation awards: Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs for Translation – French to English; Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees for Poetry; Saleema Nawaz, Bone and Bread for Fiction; Paul Blackwell, Undercurrent … Continue reading

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Digital guru seeks a new world order: Cory Doctorow wants to give you his book, free

Cory Doctorow is a digital guru living in a world that’s still largely stuck in the analog. He does things many people consider to be bananas. “I’ve been giving away my books ever since my first novel came out, and … Continue reading

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Doris Lessing

Writer Doris Lessing — born in Iran, brought up in Zimbabwe, later residing in Britain — died this month at 94. When she found out a few years ago, from a reporter, that she’d won the Nobel Prize for Literature, … Continue reading

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What’s new? Cats, a guy in super underpants, and a teeny tiny giant: Plus freak show exhibits who have each others’ backs

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… Captain Underpants! The caped crusader has returned, again, to save the world, again. Even if he doesn’t know it. Fans will recall that Captain Underpants is actually the dyspeptic school principal Mr. Krupp, … Continue reading

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Governor-General’s awards

This year’s Governor-General’s literary award winners have been announced. They include Eleanor Cattan’s The Luminaries for English fiction; and Stéphanie Pelletier’s short-story collection Quand les Guêpes se Taisent for French fiction;  in non-fiction, Sandra Djwa for Journey with No Maps: A Life … Continue reading

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