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Lynn Coady tackles the male psyche in 'The Antagonist'

The Antagonist

The Antagonist

by Lynn Coady
(House of Anansi Press,
2011;
$32.95)

If this review were a sports headline it would read "COADY IN THE TIME OF CROSBY." At least that's what I imagine some media factions coming up with between the six of them over a three thousand dollar power lunch at The Keg Mansion as we learn that a book about a hockey thug's lexical revenge has just been shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

Coady, who calls Edmonton home now made a huge entry into fiction in 1998 when her book Strange Heaven was nominated for a Governor General's Award. She also won the Air Canada Award for most promising writer under 30. Her last major literary undertaking was The Anansi Reader which she edited in 2008 for the press's 40th anniversary.

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Asian Canadian bedtime stories target teens

Henry Chow and Other Stories

Henry Chow and Other Stories

by authors from the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop
(Tradewind Books,
2010;
$12.95)

Henry Chow is an unlikeable character. He is the embodiment of the clichéd high-school student: A class clown with a crush on Charlene, a "close-lip smiler, always trying to conceal her lavender braces," who Henry doesn't even think is "hot" because she's flat chested. He's that guy -- the one who concludes a love interest is a "bitch" when he realizes his affection is unrequited.

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Smoke and mirrors

Valmiki's Daughter

by Shani Mootoo
(House of Anansi,
2008;
$29.95)

Shani Mootoo, award-winning author of Cereus Blooms at Night and He Drown She in the Sea, discusses her latest novel Valmiki's Daughter in an interview with Allendria Brunjes. Set in Mootoo's home country,Trinidad, Valmiki's Daughter examines how class and race touch upon gender and sexuality in multi-faceted and unconventional characters.  

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE.

The music featured in this podcast is provided courtesy of the Trinidadian-Canadian band, Kobo Town.

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Prosecast

Cathi Bond talks to Wally Lamb about his new novel The Hour I First Believed"

January 21, 2009
| Great sprawllng epic of modern American life, by one of the most popular writers of the day.
Length: 29:07
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