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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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Celia's Song, Lee Maracle in Conversation with Waubgeshig Rice

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Octopus Books
251 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 58.7052" N, 75° 41' 48.6744" W

Mink is a witness, a shape shifter, compelled to follow the story that has ensnared Celia and her village, on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Nu:Chahlnuth territory.

Celia is a seer who — despite being convinced she’s a little “off” — must heal her village with the assistance of her sister, her mother and father, and her nephews.

While mink is visiting, a double-headed sea serpent falls off the house front during a fierce storm. The old snake, ostracized from the village decades earlier, has left his terrible influence on Amos, a residential school survivor. The occurrence signals the unfolding of an ordeal that pulls Celia out of her reveries and into the tragedy of her cousin’s granddaughter.

Interview: Eliza Robertson talks #CanLit

Wallflowers

by Eliza Robertson
(Bloomsbury USA,
2014;
$26.00)

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Her first collection of stories, Wallflowers, came out with Hamish Hamilton Canada and Bloomsbury this year. She lives in England.

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Hot nights, Toronto streets: What is love enough?

Love Enough

by Dionne Brand
(Knopf Canada ,
2014;
$26.99)

Why is Dionne Brand's new novel called Love Enough?

That was a question I asked myself while reading. Of course, I knew I might never have a proper answer. Still, I suppose that one way to answer that question would be to track where love appears, where love is silent, what love does, what love is in proximity to.

On page five! A clue:

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'Hysteric' heroically explores identity and madness within us

Hysteric

by Nelly Arcan
(Anvil Press,
2014;
$20.00)

The narrator of Hysteric, Quebecoise author Nelly Arcan's recently translated second novel, is -- like her creator -- a young Plateau Mont-Royal writer named Nelly whose debut novel about her years as a prostitute was an international success. Having sworn at age 15 to end her life at 30, Nelly tells us early in the text that "something within me has always been absent."

But the gaze of a nameless lover, a young freelance journalist with a penchant for cyberporn, infuses her with a fragile vitality; Nelly, at 29, meets him at a techno party in a bar aptly called Nova.

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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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In person with Nadia Bozak

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

Location

London Public Library, Central branch, Stevenson & Hunt B Room
251 Dundas St More information: http://www.nadiabozak.com/events/
London, ON
Canada
42° 59' 5.0712" N, 81° 14' 46.0284" W

Join us for a reading and talk with local author Nadia Bozak to celebrate the launch of her new book, El Nino. Book sale and signing to follow.

This event is free!

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