Book Review May 3
 Mean Boy
Mariko Tamaki | Lynn Coady paints her young poet protagonist, Lawrence Campbell, from the inside out with fantastic and loving detail, from his ugly sweaters right down to his philosophy on tea and the perfect works
Book Review May 2
 Planet of Slums
David Renton | The rapid urbanizing of the world means bigger, dirtier and poorer cities. In 1978 there were fewer than half a million cars in Cairo; today there are more than seven million. Kinshasa has no water-b
Book Review Apr 20
 The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed
Rahat Kurd | Beyond merely telling the sensational story of the destruction of a 300-year-old tree, John Vaillant's <I>The Golden Spruce</I> puts before us the basic human need for clear space on which to build s
Book Review Apr 19
 Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak
Mary-Lou Zeitoun | Deborah Ellis wrote <I>Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak</I> to share the stories she'd heard first-hand from children who struggle to live their daily lives against a backdrop of
Book Review Apr 16
 All My Friends Are Superheroes
Maha Zimmo | Andrew Kaufman twirls the reader through the story of Tom and &#226;eoeThe Perfectionist&#226;e in <I>All My Friends are Superheroes</I> in a tale that, in the end, is a gentle love story . All of T
Book Review Apr 6
 Emily Kato
Mariko Tamaki | <I>Emily Kato</I> is a revisit of <I>Itsuka,</I> Kogawa's second novel, which followed her acclaimed <I>Obasan.</I> <I>Obasan</I> was published in the early 1980s as Japanese-Canadians fought to win
Book Review Apr 5
 Consensual Genocide
Elizabeth Ruth | Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a busy woman. The 30-year-old U.S.-raised, Toronto-based queer Sri Lankan writer is also a spoken-word artist, activist, event organizer and teacher. After 7 years
Book Review Apr 4
 Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden
Matt Carr | Until the publication <I>Messages to the World,</I> Osama bin Laden's public interventions were available only in fragments. Now Duke religion professor Bruce Lawrence has assembled a comprehensive
Book Review Mar 23
 Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion 1917
Moira Farr | The masterful technique of Laura M. MacDonald's <I>Curse of the Narrows,</I> a meticulous reconstruction of the infamous Halifax explosion and its aftermath, makes it equally possible to appreciate t
Book Review Mar 22
 The Bicycle Eater
Carlyn Zwarenstein | "Only the brutal Caribbean sun would extinguish the fire that Anna had kindled beneath my skin." So says the heartbroken Christophe, the hallucinatory monologuist of Larry Tremblay's <I>The Bicycle E
Book Review Mar 21
 Killing Time
Ilana Stanger-Ross | In sparse, at times staccato, language, Hank Schachte explores the relationship between memory and time and the wonderful and terrible dependencies created by people who love, but cannot rescue, one
Book Review Mar 9
 In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed
Rebecca Silver Slayter | Speed has acquired an unnatural priority in the industrialized world, argues Carl Honor&#195;&#169; in <i>In Praise of Slow.</i> But an organic uprising of dawdlers is taking the time to build an alt
Book Review Mar 8
Yohannes Edemariam | On the streets, in the bars, in the clapboard houses of St. John's, <I>Alligator'</I>s motley characters jostle for position. In short-story writer Lisa Moore's acclaimed first novel, which recently
Book Review Mar 7
 With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn
Jennifer O'Connor | There are no euphemisms in the new anthology <i>With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn</I>. The sex scenes are full out and raunchy (sometimes bordering on too much information.) Also, no matter who
Book Review Feb 23
Margaret Christakos | Jordan Scott has had the life work of a stutter, and his stuttering has led him to poetry, to making the work of how words are hauled out as migratory and transatlantic as an immigration tale. In <i>