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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

anti-war
The most powerful case for the U.S. war resisters | Jun 23 2016 | Alex Kerner
'Let Them Stay' is a powerful account of the war resisters and their campaign as well as an important political tool as our current government considers whether to allow former soldiers to stay.

Recently reviewed

food security
Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world | Jun 16 2016 | Mark Karlin | Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for all.
fiction
A heavy tale lightly told: Mona Awad's '13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl' | Jun 9 2016 | Sarah Hipworth | The clever, substantial and slyly feminist novel "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl" takes a deep look at beauty norms and society's perception of women through the eyes of Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth/Liz.
sexuality
Let's talk about girls and sex | Jun 2 2016 | Sarah Innis | Girls (or young women) and sex. It's a huge, complex and controversial topic. Author Peggy Orenstein gets to the heart of the issue: what messages are girls receiving and what are they actually doing?
Education
'The Slow Professor' serves up good advice, but misses the mark on institutional change | May 26 2016 | Christina Turner | The ongoing corporatization of Canadian universities has become the subject of a burgeoning field of anti-Corporate U lit. This book applies the principles of the Slow Food movement to education.
memoir
'We are the story of the women who die': 'In-Between Days' chronicles life with cancer | May 19 2016 | Lauren Scott | Teva Harrison's debut graphic memoir offers an intimate look at the vibrant life of a cancer patient.
labour
Rise up! 'Drawn to Change' illustrates Canadian labour's stories and struggles | May 12 2016 | Haseena Manek | The Graphic History Collective illustrates an informative and illuminating timeline of Canada's complicated labour history. Consider this your call to arms.
fiction
The revolution will be led by women with wooden legs | May 5 2016 | Clarissa Fortin | In Ramprend, women come of age and lose one leg to a saw. Why? Delve into Huey Helene Alcaro's dystopian world of religious fervor and gender roles run amok.
memoir
'Oscar of Between' pushes boundaries of identity, language and form | Apr 28 2016 | Betsy Warland | New publisher Dagger Editions focuses on literature produced by and for queer woman. In this excerpt, Betsy Warland delves into a personal narrative of "a person of between."
environment
The state vs. activists: How progressive movements are repressed for corporate profit | Apr 21 2016 | John Sorenson | What is ecoterrorism? According to John Sorenson it is the creation of the animal industrial complex in order to attack the animal rights movement and discredit its work.
fiction
'Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist' captures the spirit of protest | Apr 14 2016 | Yutaka Dirks | Sunil Yapa's new book has been making waves in the literary world. Yutaka Dirks relates his own experience at the "Battle of Seattle" and spoke with the author about his inspiration.

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