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.
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.
For more information, go to http://ifoa.org/events/great-black-north
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
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.