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Einstein's Gift

Einstein's Gift

by Vern Thiessen
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Einstein's Gift

by Vern Thiessen

Dear Johnny Deere

by Ken Cameron
Lion In The Streets

Lion In The Streets

by Judith Thompson
introduction by Ric Knowles
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Lion In The Streets

by Judith Thompson
introduction by Ric Knowles
The Shoplifters

The Shoplifters

by Panych Morris
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The Shoplifters

by Panych Morris
Mahmoud

Mahmoud

by Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis
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Mahmoud

by Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis
The Thrill

The Thrill

by Judith Thompson
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The Thrill

by Judith Thompson
State of Denial

State of Denial

by Rahul Varma
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State of Denial

by Rahul Varma
Dead Metaphor

Dead Metaphor

Three Plays
by George F. Walker
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Dead Metaphor

by George F. Walker

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

Little Death

Little Death

by Daniel Karasik
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Little Death

by Daniel Karasik

Soliciting Temptation

Little One and Other Plays

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The Interruption with Marianne Apostolides

The Interruption with Marianne Apostolides

[March 25, 2015] | By [Sean Cranbury]

Today Sean Cranbury chats with Marianne Apostolides, author of the provocative, sensual new novel Sophrosyne (BookThug).

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Your 2015 Guide to Spring Literary Festivals

[March 24, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

Sure sign of spring? Literary festivals are kicking off across the country. Find one near you or, even better, plan a we …

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Carellin Brooks: Olde Tyme Reading Right Now

[March 23, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

Live in the now. Put on a homburg. 

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Fostering World-Mindfulness

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Fostering World-Mindfulness

[March 22, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

Any of these books would inspire a young reader to look outside themselves, mindful of a world where children’s lives …

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Rona Maynard on Mental Illness and the REAL Talking Cure

[March 20, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

Public perceptions of mental illness have changed enormously in just the last two decades. 

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Mae's Kitchen, Chicken in the Mango Tree

Thai Rainy Season: How to Catch a Fish With Your Hands

[March 19, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

In Chicken in the Mango Tree, bestselling food writer Jeffrey Alford gives unique view of rural Thai food culture. 

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Quick Hits: Dirt, Time Travel, Love, and Gossip

Quick Hits: Dirt, Time Travel, Love, and Gossip

[March 18, 2015] | By [Kiley Turner]

In Quick Hits, we look through our stacks to bring you books that, when they were published, elicited a lot of reaction …

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Denis Sampson: On the Paucity of Irish-Canadian Memoir

[March 17, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

"My contribution from my small world of Montreal and Ireland is part of that work of imagining the integration and cohab …

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Pamela Mordecai: Novels of the Caribbean

[March 16, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

Mordecai, whose new book is Red Jacket, shares 9 novels by Canadian-Caribbean women.

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Shelf Talkers: March 2015

Shelf Talkers: March 2015

[March 13, 2015] | By [Rob Wiersema]

Drip, drip, drip ... Canada is beginning to thaw, and with a new season bursting out, we need new books to celebrate. Th …

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