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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.
'Animal Appetites' raises autism awareness with an unconventional alphabet | Clarissa Fortin talks with 'Animal Appetites' children's book author Andrea Bull to discuss autism awareness and the challenges writing for kids.
Angel Catbirds and human dogs: A year of Canadian literature in review | A summary of significant moments in Canadian literature in 2015.
Resilient words, resilient women: New collection highlights voices of immigrants | New essay collection "Resilience and Triumph" brings together the voices and experiences of racialized immigrant women.
'Altered Genes, Twisted Truth' explores the danger and deception of GMO foods | Peter Biesterfeld's in-depth review of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" by Steven Druker will leave you scratching your head about GMO foods.

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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

economics
Is Canada back? Not if austerity dominates and capitalism isn't confronted | Feb 11 2016 | Chris Walker
How can the left better challenge austerity measures and capitalism? "The Servant State" suggests we move beyond mere indignation and confront the horrifying reality in front of us.

Recently reviewed

music
'Mountain City Girls' honours the eccentric kin that shaped Canadian music | Feb 4 2016 | Jessica Rose | Step into the family history of Canadian music trio Kate, Anna and Jane McGarrigle and explore quirky family characters and the ever-present influence of music.
trade deals
Debunking FIPA: Canada's lopsided investment deal with China | Jan 28 2016 | Gus Van Harten | Canada's FIPA trade deal is lopsided in favour of China and foreign investors. Author Gus Van Harten debunks proponents of the deal and suggests ways the new government can limit FIPA's damage.
Indigenous
'Birdie' soars to new heights with 'bigelegance' and quiet strength | Jan 21 2016 | Clarissa Fortin | Tracey Lindberg's debut novel Birdie draws inspiration from the Cree author's personal life and addresses the complexities of mental illness, abuse and non-linear narratives. Read this author Q&A!
anti-racism
Being Muslim in Canada: Subverting stereotypes and challenging narratives | Jan 14 2016 | Azeezah Kanji | What does it mean to be Muslim and what does it mean to be Canadian? This new collection addresses this compex question with 11 thought-provoking essays.
anti-racism
It's not just in our heads: What 'Deep Diversity' gets wrong about racism | Jan 7 2016 | Daniel Tseghay | Are our interactions with people influenced by the inner workings of our mind? Are we biologically predisposed to discrimination? Daniel Tseghay disagrees with the new book Deep Diversity. Big time.
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year in review
Best book reviews of 2015 | Dec 23 2015 | Kaitlin McNabb | The book lounge has outdone itself again this year! So without further ado here are some of the best reviews of the year. (I mean, they're all great aren't they?)
Indigenous
'Children of the Broken Treaty' exposes Canada's shameful treatment of Indigenous people | Dec 17 2015 | Christine Smith (McFarlane) | Author Charlie Angus' detailed account of the deliberate denial of human rights to First Nations communities and Shannen Koostachin's fight for the right to education is stunning and a must read.
economics
'Economics for Everyone' is a handbook for the 99% | Dec 10 2015 | Roshini Nair | Does economics=capitalism? No, it does not says Jim Stanford. Here's why we need to consider other ways of organizing our economy (written in an accessible, friendly voice!).
fiction
'The Butterfly Prison' reignites hope for a better, more just world | Dec 3 2015 | Justin Podur | Tamara Pearson's new book weaves together the stories of two disenfranchised people in this thought-provoking work. Read our spoiler-filled review (and then go grab yourself a copy!).
Immigration
Refugee stories: Flight, freedom and Canada | Nov 26 2015 | Sarah Hipworth | As hope for more humanitarian immigration and refugee policies in Canada grows, we need to look back on our history of helping refugees and how far we still have to go.

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October 5, 2015
A vacation that led to four years of extensive international research into animal husbandry.

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