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Traymore Rooms, The
A place: the Traymore Rooms, downtown Montreal, an old walk-up. Those who live there and drink at the nearby café form the heart of Traymorean society. Their number includes: Eggy, red-faced, West Virginian, a veteran of Korea; Eleanor R (not Eleanor Roosevelt); Dubois, French-Canadian, optimist; Moonface, waitress-cum-Latin-scholar and sexpot inexpert; and, most recently, our hero Calhoun. A draft dodger and poetical type. For…
Red Girl Rat Boy
Women. Young women, old women. The hair-obsessed, the politically driven, the sure-footed, the bonybutted, the awkward and compulsive and alone. Sleep-deprived and testy. Exhausted and accepting. Among the innumerable wives, husbands, sisters, and in-laws vexed by short temper and insecurity throughout the collection, Cynthia Flood’s protagonists stand out as masters of a reality that the rest of the world will only partially understand.
Alberto Ventura has travelled to Chile for his father’s funeral. Hated and loved both by his family and the indigenous people, Alberto discovers that his rakish, controversial, once-incarcerated sire has decimated the family land by mass-farming eucalyptus trees on behalf of global interests. Yet as Alberto investigates his father’s death—was it natural causes, murder, or self-sacrifice?—he finds the identity at stake is his own.
Original Six Dynasties: The Detroit Red Wings
Lindsay. Abel. Howe. Sawchuk. Decades later, the names still resonate with Detroit Red Wings fans. The Wings were the dominant American-based team of the NHL’s so-called Original Six era, when teams played each other 14 times a season, and rivalries were bitter. Often referred to as the New York Yankees of hockey, Wings GM Jack Adams would have none of it. “The Yankees,” he said, “are the Red Wings of baseball. ” .
Strength of Bone, The
At the hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, Bryce is learning to predict the worst. Racing heart: septic infection, probably malaria. Send Iris for saline. Shortness of breath: TB. Roll him to the ward. Round swellings, rashes with dimpled centers, the small rough patches on a child’s foot: HIV. Iris, say something. Translate. Give him a bath. And then there’s sleeplessness, rationed energy, misdirected grief, a censuring of hope: the doctor’s disease.
This Great Escape
He had fifty-seven seconds of screen time in the most lavish POW film Hollywood ever produced. He was blond. A Gestapo agent. Sauntering down the aisles of a speeding train, he speaks in terse German to Richard Attenborough, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum. The film is The Great Escape (by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen); the actor, though uncredited, is Michael Paryla. He was part Jewish. Shortly after filming he died. In This…
Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway
In Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, Alexandra Oliver zooms in on the inertias, anxieties, comedies, cruelties, and epiphanies of domestic life. Oliver’s poems, which she describes as “text-based home movies,” unveil a cinematic vision of suburbia at once comical and poignant: framed to renew our curiosity in the mundane and pressing rhyme and metre to their utmost, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway is a five-star performance…
Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries aren’t exclusively scientifi c: from Pluto’s moons to Curiosity Rovers, the sky remains a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, Richard Norman’s poetry probes the new heavens that are being generated daily by astronomical research.
Lamb, tomatoes, apples, squash; heirloom garlic, asparagus, leeks; peppers and peaches and cheese. These are only samples of the rich and varied agricultural products grown in the Windsor-Essex Region. As a restauranteur, Chef Rino Bortolin has always believed that working with local farmers and butchers is an important part of building strong community spirit: these days, with a restaurant located on Elliot Street and with a farming community…
The River is Paul Vasey’s tribute to a place he discovered by accident and loved over a lifetime. Chatty, anecdotal, personal and passionate, by one of Windsor’s most celebrated reporters and radio hosts, this meandering memoir winds its way around a river town whose sights and characters may never be fully charted: a Windsor that fired a reporter’s imagination, stole his heart, and eventually became the place he calls home.
- Incite Vancouver
April 2, 2014
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
- Waterford Library Bob Duff reading and signing
April 5, 2014
- RSGC Reads Evening with Shelagh Rogers and Ray Robertson
April 8, 2014
Chapel Reception to follow in See House 101
- Cathy Chandler @ The Yellow Door Montreal
April 10, 2014
3625 Aylmer, Montreal QC H2X 2C3
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