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Sarah Kathryn York joins the Babble Book Club today 7:30pm EST

Sarah Kathryn York is pictured here on the right.
Sarah Kathryn York, pictured here on the right, will join the Babble Book Club today at 7:30pm EST to discuss her novel.

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A celebration of Black Canadian authors

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A listing of powerful Black Canadian writers who inspire Canadian writing and literature.

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Sang Kim's literEATure nights imbued with kimchee memories

Sang with author Susan Swan. Photo: Justin Lauzon

Kimchee, the spicy Korean delicacy of fermented cabbage and assorted veggies, and Chef Boyardee, hold divergent yet profound influences in the life of writer and restauranteur Sang Kim, who runs the Windup Bird Cafe in downtown Toronto.

"I actually thought Chef Boyardee was real," said Kim, whose childhood after coming to Canada with his parents from Korea in 1975 was marked by poverty, hardship and those red cans of ready-to-eat-meals. His parents' marriage dissolved in those early years as well.

| January 20, 2015

'The Great Black North': Contemporary African Canadian Poetry Book Launch and Reading

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3:30am - 5:30am


Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West (Bill Boyle Artport - Brigantine Room)
Toronto, ON
43° 38' 20.8248" N, 79° 22' 58.4076" W

Join Kuumba and the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) as they host the Toronto launch of the contemporary African-Canadian poetry collection, The Great Black North. This collection of over 90 poets documents the many ways that Black Canadians express themselves. 

The event is free of cost and features readings by contributors Lillian Allen, Kevan Anthony Cameron, George Elliott Clarke, Afua Cooper, Sankofa Juba, Valerie Mason-John, and Dwayne Morgan, followed by a discussion period. 

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| January 7, 2015
| December 18, 2014

Best book reviews of 2014

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by Various

Welp! Another year has come and gone in the book lounge and we've got a whole slew of great reviews to prove it.

With a focus on Canadian publishers and Canadian authors, the book lounge was able to dive into a range of genres from Canadian politics to short stories to environmental issues to poetry and more with our original reviews.

So here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite original rabble reviews from 2014.


The war on higher education: What side are you on? by Tiana Reid


Saint Mary's Reading Series: Alistair MacLeod Tribute

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00pm


The Atrium, Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS
44° 37' 50.5884" N, 63° 34' 41.376" W

A reading by Nova Scotia writers of favourite passages from the short stories and novel by one of Canada’s and the world’s most beloved authors. Readers will include Brian Bartlett, Chris Benjamin, Carol Bruneau, Alice Burdick, Ian Colford, Deirdre Dwyer, Sheree Fitch, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Cory Lavender, Linda Little, Leo McKay, Marjorie Simmons, Ryan Turner, and others.

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