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B.C. publisher Dagger Editions makes queer women writers a priority | Dagger Editions is a new imprint of Caitlin Press which publishes stories by and about queer women. Enjoy this Q&A with publisher Vici Johnstone.
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On gender discrimination, representation in #canlit and the CWILA effect | A Q&A with members of CWILA, an organization that does an annual count to find out about women's involvement in Canadian literary culture.
The Canada Council for the Arts strikes a new chord with funding model | The Canada Council for the Arts is introducing a new funding model, which will be put into effect in April 2017. The model is made up of six programs, one of which is specifically Indigenous-focused.
Literature through the eyes of Indigenous writers and readers | A list of books by Indigenous writers recommended by Indigenous writers and academics. Writers recommended include Richard Van Camp, Lee Maracle, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
Seven important parts of Nellie McClung's dynamic and complicated legacy | Nellie McClung is a complicated figure in Canada's history. Here are seven important points we should remember about her legacy today on the 100th anniversary of voting rights for (some) women.

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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

Erin Wunker's debut book a powerful account of feminism in 2016 | Dec 6 2016 | Christina Turner
"Notes from a Feminist Killjoy" is an answer to what is needed now -- a self-consciously contingent rejoinder to the question of "who needs feminism?"

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'Evicted' probes the multiple dimensions of the housing crisis | Oct 27 2016 | Yutaka Dirks | In "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" sociologist Matthew Desmond offers a critical examination of urban poverty and homelessness told through the stories of eight families.
The words of truth and reconciliation need to be put into action | Sep 15 2016 | Christine Smith (McFarlane) | New collection "In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation" describes what reconciliation can mean to the individual. But are words enough? Our reviewer says it's time for action.
'Forbidden Fruit' chronicles memories of a traumatic 1980s Beijing | Sep 8 2016 | Ellen Tolmie | 'Forbidden Fruit' is Gail Pellett's raw and highly personal memoir of the year, mid-1980 to mid-1981, when she lived in Beijing as China was just emerging from its decade-long Cultural Revolution.
What went wrong with Canada's assisted dying law | Aug 25 2016 | Gary Bauslaugh | All the Liberals had to do was construct legislation that complied with the Supreme Court ruling. But instead they bungled the file on assisted dying. Here's what happened.
Lauralyn Chow reflects on memory, family and identity in 'Paper Teeth' | Aug 18 2016 | Allan Cho | Lauralyn Chow's new short story collection 'Paper Teeth' follows the lives of the Lees, a Canadian-Chinese family and their friends in Edmonton. Read this author Q&A now!
Are you getting any closer? A pocket-sized primer on female sexuality | Aug 11 2016 | Clarissa Fortin | The clitoris. Something so powerful and wonderful, yet largely misunderstood and ignored. Dive into female pleasure and sexuality with "Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality."
The Olympics are not what they seem | Aug 4 2016 | Jacqueline Kennelly | So, the Rio Olympics start on Friday. Instead of the typical media tributes to Olympic success, let's look at the political resistance to the Olympic behemoth, past and present.
Feminism has been taken over by capitalism, and it ain't pretty | Jul 28 2016 | Kaitlin McNabb | When did feminism start meaning that consumption was the most revolutionary act? Marketplace feminism has been creeping in for quite a while and it's time to put it in its place.
The integral role of Indigenous women's knowledge | Jul 21 2016 | Kahente Horn-Miller | 'Living on the Land: Indigenous Women's Understanding of Place' examines how patriarchy, gender and colonialism have shaped the experiences and knowledge of Indigenous women. Read an excerpt here.
climate change
Views from people on the frontlines of climate change | Jul 14 2016 | various | Inuit Elders from across the Canadian Arctic share their observations on vegetation changes, thawing permafrost, changing wildlife patterns, and other transformations.

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January 19, 2017
Canadian mining interests in Latin America often claim that they are providing jobs and investing in the local community. But a new book by Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber shows otherwise.

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