Kayla Czaga rips the door off time and helps us walk...

Whispering secrets in bed-sheet forts, public transit proclamations, plucking wisdom from philosopher baristas and unruly uncles, Kayla Czaga’s poetry subverts the analytical brain to access a deeper insight using concrete language and endearing vulnerability. For Your Safety Please Hold On is a masterful debut from a Canadian poet that manages to be both frighteningly personal and painfully relatable.

Humans: Dysconnected fools with tools

The literature of facts can be the scariest literature of all. There are 7.4 billion people on our planet and more than 7.4 billion cell phones. Right now, more people have access to a cellphone than to a toilet

Killer doesn’t quite kill it

I first heard of Kimmy Walters on Twitter. I don’t remember how exactly, but it must have been as it always is with Twitter: somebody retweets something and I impulsively follow the retweeted party.

No brow is too highbrow or lowbrow for Peter Babiak’s searing...

Peter Babiak moved to Vancouver from Ontario in 1994 and teaches at Langara College. Garage Criticism is his first book. Laced with wry, biting insight, this collection of essays is a rout of contemporary mores and a defiance of superficial culture, a book that questions the real cause and purpose of many North American frills and follies.

UFV professor surveys Canadian Conservatism in new book

How have industry and independence become the darlings of a political group that subscribes to a religion of acceptance and understanding? Can modern Tories look toward their past in order to realign with their values? This is the question that Ron Dart, associate professor of political science at UFV, asks in his new book, The North American High Tory Tradition.

Here’s the thing about The Great Good Thing

A couple of weeks ago, Amazon shipped out a book by American conservative writer Andrew Klavan. It’s an autobiography with a weird title, The Great Good Thing. It’s not about how America is great, or how being a conservative is fantastic, or how awesome his life is.

Experimental poetry is not heartless

"If language is a door made of diamond, protecting a room full of the mysteries of being, TH BOOK busts it down, breaks it apart, makes all kinds of baubles out of it, and just leaves the room intact and open for the reader to explore blindly. And yet, after all the distraction of my metaphor there, TH BOOK does not claim to be some key to the universe. It’s just a book, and one that deserves your attention."

Weyman Chan’s Human Tissue: just as messy as the real thing

"I’m sure some of you might enjoy this more than I did, and I can certainly appreciate what Chan tried to do with Human Tissue, but in my opinion, the content found within this book is just as messy and unfiltered — like how we might consider the tissue found within our bodies."

Almost Famous Women shakes out files in forgotten archives, diamonds fall...

These short stories are down-to-earth, and not in the girl-next-door, soda-pop-and-bubblegum kind of way. Bergman writes with a gritty, dirty, and sometimes uncouth honesty that exposes the fragility of an individual’s moral compass. She invites you into the no-holds-barred worlds of athletes and artists, and she doesn’t neatly tie up the strings at the end of each story

With only pictures, Sidewalk Flowers tells a simple but sophisticated story

At some point in the process of growing up, picture books become disregarded as legitimate reading material — they are supposedly for children, for those not yet prepared to embrace the full complexity of words without illustrative support.

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