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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hands-on Research

In preparation for his latest book–Gibbons: The Invisible Apes–author, anthropologist, and professor John Steckley undertook exhaustive research. He wanted to know everything he could about the primates so often forgotten or mistaken for monkeys. Like any good anthropologist who strives to understand his subject … Continue reading

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Pamela Mordecai in the Caribbean Review of Books

To say that poet, author, and playwright Pamela Mordecai has “a way with words” would be putting it mildly. Her cadence is lyrical but precise; her sense of place, impressionistic as it is vivid and true. Proof of these talents: … Continue reading

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Nairne Holtz on Writing and Publishing

The incomparable Nairne Holtz–the Alice B. Award-winning author of The Skin Beneath and This One’s Going to Last Forever (both published by Insomniac Press)–is profiled at Chazz Writes, a blog dedicated to writing and publishing. In her interview with blogger … Continue reading

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Great Black History Month programming at the Richmond Hill Public Library!

The surest cure for the winter blahs is a full social life, so pull out those calendars once more–February is looking up! Fans of Pamela Mordecai will be pleased to hear that she has another reading lined up. On Monday, … Continue reading

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Hot off the presses

…another rave review for Darcie Friesen Hossack‘s Mennonites Don’t Dance! Writing in the Winnipeg Free Press, reviewer Adelia Neufeld Wiens compares Hossack–who writes “with black humour and shrewd wit”–to fellow Mennonite writers Miriam Toews and Patrick Friesen: “Like The Shunning … Continue reading

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Praise for Mennonites Don’t Dance

It’s reasonably safe to say that most writers worry about how their books will be received once published. The reviewing public can be a special source of anxiety, but it can also be a font of reassurance. For Darcie Friesen Hossack–whose debut collection … Continue reading

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Gearing up for the Forest of Reading 2011

As the tickets for the 2011 Forest of Reading Festival of Trees go on sale today, the HSW Literary Agency once again congratulates Richard Scarsbrook on his White Pine nomination for The Monkeyface Chronicles. Richard’s last young adult novel, Cheeseburger Subversive, was nominated for … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars!

In honour of Black History Month, Jamaican-Canadian poet and author Pamela Mordecai will appear at the Toronto Public Library’s Don Mills Branch on February 23, 2011 at 7 p.m. She will be joined by Rachel Manley and Olive Senior who, like … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

This past holiday season saw the return of the Advent Book Blog, the brainchild of Book Madam‘s Julie Wilson and Books On The Radio‘s Sean Cranbury. Simply stated, the blog’s benevolent purpose is to “[help] you buy better books,” but also … Continue reading

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