Zuccotti Park is located in my least favourite neighbourhood in New York City, halfway between Ground Zero and the Stock Exchange. It's usually a grey and lifeless part of the city inhabited by gawking tourists and rushing traders. The moment I stepped off the subway, however, I noticed a difference. Lively discussions were going on everywhere, one on one and in groups. Even before I stepped into the encampment, something felt different. It took me a while to understand what it was.
Richard Ford's latest novel, Canada, tells the unforgettable story of Dell Parsons, a young man spirited across the Montana border into Saskatchewan. Here he is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic man whose own past exists on the other side of the border. Dell struggles to understand what his future can be even as he comes to understand the violence simmering below the surface in his new life. Haunting and spectacular in vision, Canada is a novel rich with emotional clarity and lyrical precision, and an acute sense of the grandeur of living.
This fall, Michael Parenti's timing as a writer could not have been better. The independent scholar and lecturer has produced 22 books on political and cultural subjects. But his latest, The Face of Imperialism, jives completely with the current Occupy movement in cities around the world.
Parenti spoke to rabble.ca this week while on a three-city tour of Ontario university campuses. Parenti's short Canadian tour took him to Toronto (Tuesday), Guelph (Wednesday) and Hamilton (Thursday).
In this magesterial work of history and adventure, Davis vividly re-creates George Mallory's epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. He takes us beyond the mountain to the trenches of World War I, to show how the exploration originated in 19th imperial ambitions. In the wake of a war that cost millions of lives, the Everest expeditions became a symbol of national redemption.
Come out and help save the Toronto Women's Bookstore!
A night of readings by local fiction writers and poets featuring:
Mary Lou Dickinson, Sonia di Placido, Sue Reynolds, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Truth Is, Lisa Young, Monica Rosas, Myna Wallin, Nikki Ward and Phoebe Tsang.
Hosted by Blonde Ambition/Disinhibition (Heather J Wood and Cathy Petch).
Books for sale! Door prizes & other suprises!
PWYC at the door.