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Canadian culture crisis: Time for a revamp of cultural support | The economic reality facing Canadian writers is tough: writers earn about $12,000 a year, 81 per cent live below the poverty line and women writers earn on average 45 per cent less than male writers.
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Pages Unbound Festival connects the 'wild' with the creative | Discover the connections between the "wild" and the cultured with the late-night, vaudeville-esque session The Cabaret of Wild Culture.
Environmental activist Ann Cavlovic talks 'non-preachy' climate activism | Ottawa writer Ann Cavlovic's first play "Emissions: A Climate Comedy" teaches audiences about climate change, but in a totally "non-preachy" way. Keep reading for her fresh take on the problem!
Q&A with George Elliott Clarke | Acclaimed Canadian poet George Elliott Clarke talks Black Canadian literature, history, politics and hell.
Immigration barriers: 'Ru' by Kim Thúy wins Canada Reads | 'Ru' beats out 'When Everything Feels Like the Movies' as this year's "book to break barriers." Which barriers will it break and why should you care?

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

environment
The right to ride: Everything you need to know about urban cycling | Aug 27 2015 | Kaitlin McNabb
Does urban cycling strike a chord of fear in you? Fear not, Yvonne Bambrick's Urban Cycling Survival Guide will show you the rules of the road and how to put them to good use.

Recently reviewed

politics
Harper's takeover of Canada: What do we have left? | Aug 20 2015 | Christine Smith (McFarlane) | The Harper government has been in power since 2006. In that time, it has managed to systematically dismantle Canada's democracy. How? Read on.
human rights
The dark side of human rights | Aug 13 2015 | Azeezah Kanji | Critical scholarship on human rights raises serious questions about the ability of human rights to achieve or promote justice. Authors Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon explore these questions.
Education
Corporatization of Canadian universities leaves students and faculty on the brink | Aug 6 2015 | Michael Stewart | The corporatization of Canadian universities is a startling reality. Academia Inc. reveals the astonishing scale and scope corporate influence has on our universities.
health
Probing psychiatry and the business of madness | Jul 30 2015 | Dr. Bonnie Burstow, Lauren Spring | Do we need to rethink the practices of modern-day psychiatry? Dr. Bonnie Burstow says yes. Find out why.
Immigration
Dreaming of the unknown: The startling realities of migrant workers | Jul 23 2015 | Yutaka Dirks | Why do people migrate and what is it like when they do? This question frames 'Meet Me In Venice' by Suzanne Ma as we follow the journey of a young girl from Qingtian, China.
Indigenous
The miseducation of Augie Merasty | Jul 16 2015 | Christine Smith (McFarlane) | At 86, Joseph (Augie) Merasty decided his story needed to be told: a firsthand account of the impact residential schools had on Indigenous children and how this experience shaped his life.
environment
Bringing the age of fossil fuels to an end | Jul 9 2015 | Al Engler | Heat waves. Droughts. Wildfires. Storms. Weather events like these are becoming more frequent. Why? It may have something to do with the CO2 crisis.
comics
To literary comics, with love: Drawn & Quarterly celebrates 25 years | Jul 2 2015 | Jeff Miller | Montreal publisher Drawn & Quarterly is now widely regarded as the best publisher of literary comics in the world. Let's take a look back on how they got there and what has made them so, so great.
health
The 'truth' about obesity, weight loss and health? | Jun 25 2015 | Bill Bogart | In our health-obsessed culture, skinny=healthy and fat=sick. But, what if this is not the case? Read this excellent review on health, harm reduction and body and size diversity.
fiction
Searching for salvation: 'Binary Star's' journey across addiction, disease and abuse | Jun 18 2015 | Yutaka Dirks | Sarah Gerard's 'Binary Star' casts a necessary, burning light. "A razor-sharp depiction of addiction and an unflinching look at our misogynist culture," says Yutaka Dirks; this book is a must-read.

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

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