Monthly Archives: November 2014

But what does it mean to be human? Is a talking block of wood human? What about a teenaged boy?

There was once upon a time a piece of wood. Pinocchio was made of wood, but he wanted to be a real boy. Many good-hearted folk (and even a fairy!) tried to help him, but Pinocchio was insolent, derisive, and … Continue reading

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Reading aloud

Do you enjoy reading aloud to others? The Lennoxville Library is looking for new volunteers for our monthly reading afternoons at the Grace Christian Home in Huntingville. They’re scheduled for the second Tuesday afternoon of each month, and run for … Continue reading

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Did I promise I’d be by for supper? Sorry but I need a rain-check, there’s an ancient killer on the loose

The fat Scotch slug scorches a trail from tonsils to stomach. – Hugo Long has a drink, in The Bone Clocks There’s something to be said for books that focus on the every day, on human habits and mistakes, on … Continue reading

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The 2014 Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala

The Quebec Writers’ Federation holds its annual awards gala on November 18, in Montreal (tickets for the cocktail and awards show are $50; it’s $20 for just the ceremony; check the website for details at qwf.org). Here’s the shortlist. – … Continue reading

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The 2014 Giller Prize

Montreal resident Sean Michaels won this year’s Giller Prize Award, and the astonishing $100,000 that goes with it. The book is Us Conductors. The jury describes it as “based on the life of Lev Thermen, the Russian-born inventor of the … Continue reading

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A bear, and Remembrance Day

The story of Winnie The Pooh began 100 years ago. And that’s all anyone needs as an excuse to go and re/read the stories and poems of A.A. Milne and glory in the gorgeous drawings of EH Shepard. As noted … Continue reading

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He was a musical genius and a tyrant. All the musicians in the orchestra wanted him dead…

You make me happy When skies are gray You’ll never know dear How much I love you Please don’t take my sunshine away There are a lot of musicians out there who want to murder the conductor. Maestros are notorious … Continue reading

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