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CBC Canada Reads 2015 list announced | CBC releases its finalists for Canada Reads 2015. Here is what you need to know about this year's competition.
CWILA's new critic-in-residence looks forward to 2015 | The Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) announced last month that Vancouver-based transgender writer and scholar Lucas Crawford will be the organization's 2015 critic-in-residence.
Canadian indie publisher: Gerbil Meets Mouse | Gerbil Meets Mouse is a Canadian children's book publishing company that publishes books specifically about gerbils, that aim to bring certain social issues to light in a fun and relatable way.
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Maya Angelou, legendary author, dead at 86 | Legendary author Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86 in North Carolina.
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Spartacus Books forced out of DTES after 40-plus years | Spartacus Books' time in the DTES has sadly come to an end. While the collective remains hopeful for its new location, this serves as a timely reminder of gentrification in Vancouver.

Top 5 Indie Bestsellers

September 19, 2013
The Paper Hound is the newest addition to Vancouver's Book Row on West Pender Street. An eclectic and well-appointed array of titles new and old for discerning readers and idle browsers alike!
1. Horse d'Oeuvres - The Four Horsemen
2. There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to do: Poems 1963-78 - Michael Ondaatje
3. What's do big about green? - Earle Birney
4. Liquidities: Vancouver Poeams Then and Now - Daphne Marlatt
5. The Place of Scraps - Jordan Abel

Featured book review

feminism
A bold vision for Canada's future | Jan 22 2015 | Jessie Housty
Imagine Canada's future. What does it look like? In this excerpt, we read what Jessie Housty, an Indigenous community leader from the Heiltsuk First Nation, envisions for Canada.

Recently reviewed

environment
What's your water footprint? | Jan 15 2015 | Paul Weinberg | What?! There's another reason to worry about the planet? Why yes. If we don't get control over our water usage, we will be up the creek without any water.
Immigration
The new Canada: A paradox of citizenship and belonging | Jan 8 2015 | Amira Elghawaby | By 2030, Canada's growth will be entirely based on immigration. So it seems it is in everyone's best interest to welcome newcomers, but you wouldn't gather that by the current laws and changes.
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year in review
Best book reviews of 2014 | Dec 18 2014 | Kaitlin McNabb | Book reviews! Get your book reviews here! We reviewed numerous books in the book lounge this year and here are a few of the standouts.
politics
Harper's Canada: What have we become? | Dec 11 2014 | Amira Elghawaby | Harperism has been sweeping Canada! You know that blend of neoliberal politics, mixed with swift denial and blatant lies. How did we get here, and more importantly, will we ever get out?
environment
Capitalism vs. The Climate: Who will win? | Dec 4 2014 | Daniel Tseghay | Kinder Morgan. Enbridge. Keystone. TransCanada. These companies and Big Business threaten our planet. What will you do about it?
interview
Interview: Eliza Robertson talks #CanLit | Nov 27 2014 | Emma Morgan-Thorp | Are Canadian writers defined by their Canadianness? What is the genre of CanLit even defined as any more? Who should you read? Eliza Robertson answers all these questions and more!
feminism
Canada's complicated relationship with pro-choice politics | Nov 20 2014 | Michelle Reid | Access to abortion is a right in Canada. While we do have an active anti-abortion minority in Canada, pro-choice people are also guilty of silencing women's choices at times. Why?
fiction
Hot nights, Toronto streets: What is love enough? | Nov 13 2014 | Tiana Reid | Dionne Brand's new novel 'Love Enough' does not disappoint. The constantly moving city is the backdrop to the characters that swirl all around in various incantations of love. What can love endure?
fiction
Whodunit? Counterinsurgency and police violence in Zapatista territory | Nov 6 2014 | Justin Podur | What happens when a detective novel moves beyond the regular narrative of police and criminal and the law, and looks at the political context? You get 'The Demands of the Dead'.
Canadian Poetry
'From the Poplars' and beyond: A call for social justice | Oct 30 2014 | Nathaniel G. Moore | Canadian poetry and activism mix? You bet! 'From the Poplars' puts a spotlight on B.C. history and the Qayqayt First Nation in this call to arms for environmental consciousness.

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radio book lounge
July 5, 2013
Cathi Bond presents the first reading in a series from her new novel Night Town.

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