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Bound but not gagged
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Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
A: My name is Kevan Anthony Cameron, I’m also known as Scruffmouth. I'm a spoken word artist and a scribe. Basically, I'm a writer and a performer. I was born in Edmonton Alberta and my family is Jamaican. A lot of my cultural sensibilities come from my upbringing and my culture, and that is very much a part of my work…
It was probably about ten years ago, almost 11 years ago actually, that I first performed spoken word at a poetry slam and that kind of opened up a new world that I still live in and I kind of use all of my experiences now to either express myself now or gain employment.
It was announced last month that the Robson Street Chapters in Vancouver will close on June 30, 2015. The "department store for book lovers" has closed stores in various locations across Canada including Toronto's John St. and Richmond St. W. and Bloor West locations last May year. The Robson flagship store is just another closure to add to Chapters' growing list.
The CBC released its final book choices and pannelists for Cananda Reads 2015 today. The longlist was cut down to five contenders that will be under debate by notable Canadian panellists. This year's battle of the books will include:
1) And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins. And the Birds Rained Down will be championed by Canadian songstress, Martha Wainwright.
2) Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee. Intolerable will be championed by British Columbia actress, Kristin Kreuk.
The Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) announced last month that transgender writer, poet, performer and scholar, Lucas Crawford, will be the 2015 critic-in-residence. This marks Crawford as the first transgender critic-in-residence for CWILA.
Crawford is currently a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, where he researches what he calls the "literary history of transgender." He says that literature holds the creative reins for the direction in which conventionally skewed definitions of gender can be challenged. This is what he is hoping to do: challenge conventional ideas of gender within literature.
Bailey J. Thompson used to love playing with her gerbils and telling stories as a child. As she grew up she began working at a publishing company, but her dream was to create inspiring literature for all ages. She wanted to share her own lessons and experiences especially with children in an accessible and relatable way. She did this through the tales of her gerbils: Mocha, Petri and Melvin, with the old Victorian dollhouse she had as a child as the background to their adventures.
Legendary author Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86 in North Carolina.
Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which weave together powerful themes of identity, racism and family and consciously expand the parameters of the autobiographical genre.
In particular, Angelou's first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her instant recognition as a Black female writer and the book became an immediate bestseller for its central portrayal of life as an African-American woman.
Spartacus Books, the iconic non-profit, collectively run, non-sectatrian Vancouver radical bookstore, is being forced out of the DTES after 40-odd years in the neighbourhood, headed for a new East Vancouver home in the Cedar Cottage/Commercial Drive area.
Over 1000 volunteers have passed through its doors since 1973, and those doors -- through several changes of specific venue - have all faced out on the same neighbourhood. Spartacus Books' forced departure brought out profoundly mixed feelings in its staff: sadness, anger and a sense of loss at being pushed out, but also hope and a sense of resolve to continue the struggle from the new location.
Acclaimed Canadian author, environmentalist and activist Farley Mowat has died at age 92.
Mowat authored around 40 books, won numerous awards including the Governor General's Award, was made an officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
His time studying biology at the University of Toronto after returning home from the war would go on to inform his writing. Some of Mowat's most famous and beloved books were based on his own expeditions and experiences, which allowed him to combine his love of nature and writing.
This month the Babble Book Club will be reading Joseph Boyden's The Orenda! Our final discussion will take place on April 22 at 8 p.m. EDT in the babble book lounge.
The Orenda is a sweeping tale about the early stages of colonization in our country. Written in a three-part narrative style, this work of historical fiction recounts the story of Bird, a Huron elder, Snow Falls, his adopted Haudensosaunee daughter and Christophe Crow, a Jesuit missionary sent into Huron territory to find converts for the French. The Orenda recently won Canada Reads, CBC's annual competition to find the book that every Canadian should read.
This week five celebrity panellists gathered with host Jian Ghomeshi for Canada Reads, our country’s annual "title fight," to decide on the book that all Canadians should read. The theme of this year's debate could be particularly relevant to rabble readers: “What is the one novel that could inspire social change in this country?” After four days of debate, Joseph Boyden's The Orenda was crowned champion yesterday morning. And I feel weird about it.