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The year in reviews

THE CRUELEST month? We think not. Perhaps just a little full, with Tariq Ali's censored story, a debut graphic novel, po-co meets sci-fi, interviews with poets Suzanne Zelazo and Naila Keleta Mae, and what Stephen Harper's (probably not) reading?

TARIQ ALI'S PAKISTANI TRAGEDY âe" Tariq Aliâe(TM)s new book, The Leopard and the Fox: A Pakistani Tragedy, tells the story of what would likely have been the writerâe(TM)s most popular contribution to Western understanding of the political situation in Pakistan until it was canned by the BBC. >by Charles Demers >censored

FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE âe" Poet, academic and runner Suzanne Zelazo reads from her collection Parlance and tells radio book lounge about her work, her readership, her influences and the way breath can tie poetry to your workout. > by Matt Shaw >radio book lounge

FIGHTING GRAVITY âe" This debut graphic novel from Montreal-based artist and writer Elisabeth Belliveau compiles the art zines that generated much buzz when she began circulating them in Montreal. Something to Pet the Cat About is a richly textured world that traverses the turbulent arc of coming into oneself in a new city. >by Lisa Foad >graphic novel

WAKING DREAMS âe" “One of the most familiar memes of science fiction,” writes sci-fi author and co-editor of So Long Been Dreaming Nalo Hopkinson, “is that of going to foreign countries and colonizing the natives âe¦ and for many of us, that is not a thrilling adventure story; itâe(TM)s non-fiction and we are on the wrong side of the strange-looking ship that appears out of nowhere.” Hopkinson, along with her co-editor Uppinder Mehan, set out to do something about that with this inventive collection. >by Ghislaine Alleyne >science fiction

VOICE LIKE LIQUID FIRE âe" Spoken-word artist, writer and professor emeritus of No-Knowledge College, Naila Keleta Mae is a woman to watch. Or, rather, to listen to. Here, Mae discusses her art, activism and perspectives on spoken word, dub poetry and education, and reads some of her work. >by Lisa Rundle >radio book lounge

GIVE THE MAN A BOOK âe" Here's to author Yann Martel who told Stephen Harper this year that he needs more stillness in his life, for reflection, you see. So what is Stephen Harper reading? >blog

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