In the Black: In Business, In Life


Canada specializes in a kind of "underhanded racism", which is "as Canadian as maple syrup". This is displayed in B. Denham Jolly's memoir, alongside the story of his life, from early days in Jamaica to his seventieth decade. Life in Jamaica was racialized, too, but more openly and, for

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Toronto Book Award 2016


This is the award's 42nd anniversary and the prize is announced on the evening of October 11, 2016 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. This year's finalists for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards are Howard Akler's Men of Action (a memoir), Ann Y.K. Choi's Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety (a novel), The

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I Spy with My CanLit Eye: Two Classics


Our young separatist narrator is imagining his own future and the future of Quebec, and both man and nation are struggling with matters of expression and independence, in Hubert Aquin's Next Episode (published in 1965, translated by Sheila Fischman in 2001). “I am the fragmented symbol of Quebec’s revolution, its

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The City of Toronto: Five Books, One Award


The shortlist for the Toronto Book Award nearly always introduces me to the work of one writer whose work I did not know. (This year, I "discovered" Kevin Irie's poetry.) • Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Canada) Harper Collins, 2012 Much of this memoir speaks

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Bearing: Everybody Has Everything


Ana is a research lawyer, and a wife: she has not had everything. This is not all bad. Because she has not had a child, she has not had occasion to conceal the responsibilities of motherhood from her employers, she has enjoyed the freedom of a child-free existence, and

Bearing: Everybody Has Everything2014-03-17T18:48:27-05:00