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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?
'And the Birds Rained Down' is down and out of Canada Reads 2015 | Jocelyne Saucier's 'And the Birds Rained Down' flew the coop after it was unanimously voted out of the competition.

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

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.

Recently reviewed

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.
history
Toronto's mishandling of a transformation | Jun 11 2015 | Daniel Francis | Is Toronto the centre of Canada? Does its transformation echo that of Canada's? Hmm, guess it depends on what city you're from! Read Vancouverite Daniel Francis' incisive review.
poetry
Amber Dawn connects luxury and logic between body and soul | Jun 4 2015 | Tiana Reid | Amber Dawn's first book of poems 'Where the Words End and My Body Begins' is infused with literary technique, emotional logic and luxurious desire.
politics
Hope betrayed? The Nova Scotia NDP's rocky fall from power | May 28 2015 | Joy Woolfrey | What led to the Nova Scotia NDP's fall from power in 2013? In this revealing text, Howard Epstein suggests the path to defeat was set well before the party's 2009 victory.
fiction
Cabalcor: The rise and fall of a mythical tar sands boom town | May 21 2015 | Nathaniel G. Moore | Can spoken word change the world? Sun Belt are hoping so as their new genre-defying book 'Cabalcor' takes a deep look at the ramifications of the tar sands.
Indigenous Rights
Elsipogtog vs. Big Oil: Recounting the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society resistance | May 14 2015 | Miles Howe | In spring 2013, after years of actions against the threat of fracking in New Brunswick, the Elsipogtog First Nation became the focus of resistance. Read Miles Howe's account of this action.
media
Oh, Canada: Harper's systematic attack on democracy and media | May 7 2015 | Amira Elghawaby | Does the state of Canada's democracy reduce you to tears? If it doesn't, it will once you read Mark Bourrie's 'Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know.'
Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below
labour
Mayday, mayday! A new kind of unionism for a changing world | Apr 30 2015 | Daniel Tseghay | We need solidarity across unions, industries, and workers. And as 'Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below' argues, unions must look to new forms to do it.
fiction
128 km later: How to hold on after your life doesn't make sense | Apr 23 2015 | Lauren Scott | Paul Dore's 'The Walking Man' blends reality and fiction during a journey of self-discovery after a particularly tumultuous year. Dore opens up about the books and his hopes here. Hold on, reader.

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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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