Monthly Archives: May 2016

Women in pain, women in revolt: Anne Hébert’s poetic, gothic novels are also filled with tragedy

Anne Hébert’s complex and poetic novels feature women who love too much. They are at the edge of madness and nightmare, their memories of the past suffocating the present. And yet they are also women in revolt. Anne Hébert was … Continue reading

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Expecting a land of milk and honey, three Indians risk it all to get into England, seeking to make their fortunes

The story of the Komagata Maru is an infamous chapter in our history, “a stain on Canada’s past,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week as he formally apologized in the House of Commons for the treatment of the 376 … Continue reading

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Searching for the perfect spot to pitch a tent: The Great Field is big enough for everyone, unless people get greedy

Soon, very soon, it will be warm enough to go camping. We’ll pitch our canvas lean-tos and split our time between reading, lying in the sun, and cooking, cooking, cooking. Every so often, it will rain and we’ll pull the … Continue reading

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Pilgrim is a retired spy, pulled back into the game: Creepy murders and a terrorist connection draw in a reader who follows the news

Sometimes it’s just too much. Muriel Fitzsimmons connects so closely to characters in the novels she reads that she must, at times, set a book aside. “I find that tragic, heart-wrenching stories are the most difficult for me to read. … Continue reading

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This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, and this tiniest piggy walked up and gave the wolf a great big hug

What’s a bully made of? You’d think snips and snails and puppy dog tails, and no sugar and spice, and certainly nothing nice. But of course girls and women can be bullies as well – making up stories, spreading vicious … Continue reading

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