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Q+A with poet Kevan Anthony Cameron A.K.A Scruffmouth | As many of you know, February is Black History Month and I spoke to co-editor of The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, Kevan Anthony Cameron, about his life, work and poetry.
Vancouver Chapters closing: What does this mean for the big-box books business? | It was announced last month that the Robson Street Chapters in Vancouver will close on June 30, 2015. Could this mean the demise of the brick-and-mortar bookstore? Probably not.
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.

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

activism
Textile artists reclaim narrative through 'Strange Material' | Feb 26 2015 | Steffanie Pinch
How do we take back and transform the narrative from the mainstream? Well, knitting, patching, felting and sewing are a good start.

Recently reviewed

politics
Harper vs. Canada: Putting the Conservatives' record on trial | Feb 19 2015 | Karl Nerenberg | Karl Nerenberg has been rabble's parliamentary reporter since 2011, when the Harper government won its majority. Karl’s got a new book, full of keen observations about the Harper years.
fiction
'Nothing Looks Familiar' asks: 'What does it mean to live in a body today?' | Feb 12 2015 | Yutaka Dirks | Acts of sex. Acts of violence. Raw physicality. Shawn Syms' 'Nothing Looks Familiar' explores bodies and sexuality of today's flawed beings.
Indigenous Rights
Capitalism must die in order for Indigenous nations to live | Feb 5 2015 | Kelly Rose Pflug-Back | The Canadian government's treatment of Indigenous people both historically and presently makes one thing clear: It only wants a relationship of taking land and resources.
Anti-oppression
'Captive Revolution' liberates narratives of Palestinian women | Jan 29 2015 | Azeezah Kanji | Women's political resistance and detention has been going on since, well colonialism, imperialism and the capitalist state. 'Captive Revolution' focuses on the participation of Palestinian women.
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.
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?

radio booklounge

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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