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James Hansen's climate reckoning

Storms Of My Grandchildren

by James Hansen
(Bloomsbury US,
2009;
$31.00)

In 2009, just before the Copenhagen conference, some scientists working on climate change models at the University of East Anglia were exposed for proposing that some data should be concealed. The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was then widely criticized for predicting the precise year that Himalayan glaciers will disappear without any peer-reviewed evidence.

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Mapping feminism

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

by Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein
(Seal Press,
2009;
$24.95)

Two years ago, best friends and daughters of second-wave feminism, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein climbed into the front seat of a Chevy Cavalier and criss-crossed the United States, talking to more than a hundred young women along the way. The end result of their inspirational journey is Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, a non-fiction book that looks and reads like a magazine, coupling Aronowitz's critical prose with Bernstein's vibrant photography.

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The black American dream

Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion

by Melanye T. Price
(New York University Press,
2009;
$79.63)

The unprecedented election for president of an African American south of the border probably looked to many like the culmination of a grand process of inclusion. African Americans, the story goes, can now see their efforts for civil rights and participation in the American Dream as embodied in Barack Obama. The struggle is over and there remain no racial tensions. But this, of course, is only a story. The reality is conceived quite differently for many African Americans, according to Melanye T. Price in her book, Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion.

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A poetic call to action

Letter Out: Letter In

by Salimah Valiani
(Inanna Publications,
2009;
$18.95)

It's refreshing to see a new poet on the scene who brings a different perspective to the privileged life we live as Canadians. Salimah Valiani, a queer activist of colour, brings readers to different places with very different views on what it is to educate and challenge through poetry, letters and memoir.

Packed in the 150 pages that is Valiani's second, and newest, collection, Letter Out: Letter In, are memories, meditations and calls to action through radical thought and crisp sentences. The collection is split in four parts: Letter to South Africa; Letter to Canada; Letter to All; Letter Out: Letter In.

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Downtown Eastside dreams

A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future

by Neil Boyd, Larry Campbell and Lori Culbert
(Greystone Books,
2009;
$24.95)

A Thousand Dreams tells grim stories of missing women, sardine and cat food diets, epidemic illness and the crippled support systems that struggle to manage the situation that is life, and survival, in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

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What's the skinny on self-publishing?

Brussel Sprouts and Unicorns

by Robert Chaplin
(Robert Chaplin,
2009;
$20.00)
Radio book lounge goes underground to explore some unconventional forms of publishing. We ask Vancouver-based author, artist and publisher Robert Chaplin about his own underground tactics and how to get started with self-publishing.

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(00:00-00:35) - Intro

(00:36-13:26) - Interview with Robert

(13:27-18:17) - Reading from The Elephant Book and Brussel Sprouts and Unicorns.

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radio book lounge

Episode 27 - The art of publishing

February 5, 2010
| Vancouver-based author Robert Chaplin discusses his art, books and alternative forms of publishing.
Length: 18:34
| February 1, 2010

Baby boomers' next battle

The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation

by Theodore Roszak
(New Society Publishers,
2009;
$18.95)

In 1989, Theodore Roszak published The Making of the Counter Culture, a book which introduced to the world the Woodstock generation, the summer of love and the summer of political protest. In his latest book The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation. Roszak revisits the generation he defined 40 years ago. This is definitely not a whimsical look at the mad-cap excesses of the hippie generation or a nostalgic visit to the first heady days of sex drugs and rock and roll. The author focuses on the formidable strengths of the baby boomer generation, reminds us of the significant accomplishments of our youth and challenges us to again take up the good fight.

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Flirting with form

GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose

by Karen Correia da Silva, Sarah Beaudin, Curran Folkers eds.
(Tightrope Books,
2009;
$18.95)
Overlapping interests -- young writers, the urban landscape and subversive art -- guided the Toronto's Steel Bananas art collective in producing GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose. The book's form, content and process were also inspired by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's rhizome theory, where people and ideas are encouraged to be non-hierarchical and non-linear. Botanically, rhizomes grow horizontally, and their offshoots can begin and end anywhere.

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