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.
Kick off the new year with the next installment of the Saint Mary's English Deapratment's reading series, featuring Kathleen Winter.
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.
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.
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: