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'Birdie' soars to new heights with 'bigelegance' and quiet strength

Birdie

by Tracey Lindberg
(HarperCollins Publishers,
2015;
22.99)

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Tracey Lindberg's debut novel Birdie is a celebration of Cree communities centered around the coming of age of a complex female protagonist.

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'Night Moves' brings new light to the shadows of Canada's North

Night Moves

by Richard Van Camp
(Enfield & Wizenty,
2015;
$19.95 )

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"Why do you place such haunting red hand prints throughout all of your paintings?" asks one character to another in 'Skull.Full.Of.Rust' one of the many short stories in Dene author Richard Van Camp's latest collection, Night Moves.

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Capitalism must die! Your economic guidebook to revolution

Capitalism Must Die! A basic introduction to capitalism: what it is, why it sucks, and how to crush it 2nd edition

by Stephanie McMillan
(INIP,
2015;
$27.00)

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The great Canadian debate: Should we reform the Senate?

A People’s Senate for Canada: Not A Pipe Dream!

by Helen Forsey
(Fernwood Publishing,
2015;
$19.95)

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Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi, and the power of reading

July 2, 2015
| Have you heard of Reading Lolita in Tehran? Listen in as New York best-selling author, the passionate Azar Nafisi, shares on the magic of reading and how stories tell a nation’s true culture.
Length: 33:35 minutes (30.76 MB)

Searching for salvation: 'Binary Star's' journey across addiction, disease and abuse

Binary Star

by Sarah Gerard
(Two Dollar Radio,
2015;
$16.00)

"Sickness is reciprocal," says the unnamed narrator of Binary Star, Sarah Gerard's feverish debut novel. The narrator is anorexic and involved in a long-distance relationship with an abusive alcoholic who has latched onto a blurred vision of anarchist veganism.

"It's a symbiotic relationship of sickness," says Gerard. "It's something that the narrator shares with her culture, also shares with her boyfriend. She's battling within herself this desire to stay sick and this desire to live."

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128 km later: How to hold on after your life doesn't make sense

The Walking Man

by Paul Dore
(Iguana Books,
2015;
$19.99)

"Lemme just get this out of the goddam way; I'm nervous as all hell. Nervous because you may or may not relate to the mess that follows."

This is how Paul Dore's debut novel, The Walking Man, opens: an intimate conversation with the narrator, our unnamed protagonist. A bundle of nerves, the character spills out his anxieties, struggles with depression, fears of opening up to people, of never finding love.

This book is that over-sharing friend we all have, and yet readers should not be intimidated or scared off by its candidness.

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In conversation with author Doretta Lau

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Yutaka Dirks interviews author Doretta Lau and reviews her debut collection of short stories 'How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?'

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Doretta Lau sets a new standard in Canadian literature

How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

by Doretta Lau
(Nightwood Editions,
2014;
$19.95)

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Indigenous resistance in the face of Canadian colonialsim

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Author James Daschuk discusses Canada's history of disease, deliberate starvation, ethnic cleansing, tar sands expansion, neglect of treaties and a legacy of colonialism of First Nations.

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