Monthly Archives: September 2015

Who’s that? Dr. Who!

Are you a fan of the time travelling extraterrestrial known at The Doctor? The BBC television creation has been on the air, on and off, since 1963. You can get all the deets on the Time Lord from the book … Continue reading

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Al Purdy, poet

In a documentary playing at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival, Margaret Atwood calls poet Al Purdy a drinker who would argue with you and insult you, then stomp off and piddle on your car tire. Purdy was enamoured of … Continue reading

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2015 Massey Lectures

Historian Margaret MacMillan is the choice for the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures. She’s known for her belief that individuals can impact history. This year’s five-part lecture “explores some of the great people — good and bad, dreamers, explorers and adventurers … Continue reading

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A horse of a different colour is still feral; there are only a handful of wild horses left in the world

Barely a ripple was raised earlier this [20th] century when some two million wild horses on the American plains were wiped out – mostly for pet food. – from Lawrence Scanlon’s introduction to The Man Who Listens To Horses How … Continue reading

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The Giller longlist, 2015

This year’s Giller Prize longlist has just been announced: André Alexis for his novel Fifteen Dogs; Samuel Archibald for his story collection Arvida, translated from the French by Donald Winkler; Michael Christie for his novel If I Fall, If I Die; Rachel Cusk for her novel Outline; Patrick … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks

Even as he faced death, Oliver Sacks wrote beautifully: “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something … Continue reading

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So you’re *still* in school? A campus guide…

The campus novel is everywhere. They are literary, often satirical, often featuring older male professors and younger female students. Some of their stories are completely made up. Some are not. The first book to be christened a roman a clef … Continue reading

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