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The Big Swim

The Big Swim

Coming Ashore in a World Adrift
by Carrie Saxifrage
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The Big Swim

by Carrie Saxifrage
The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

The Dalton Camp Lectures in Journalism
edited by Philip Lee
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The Next Big Thing

edited by Philip Lee
Casting Quiet Waters

Casting Quiet Waters

Reflections on Life and Fishing
edited by Jake MacDonald
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Casting Quiet Waters

edited by Jake MacDonald
From the Elephant's Back

From the Elephant's Back

Collected Essays & Travel Writings
by Lawrence Durrell
foreword by Peter Baldwin
edited by James Gifford
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From the Elephant's Back

Bindy's Moon

Bindy's Moon

by Lloyd Ratzlaff
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Bindy's Moon

by Lloyd Ratzlaff
In the Company of Animals

In the Company of Animals

Stories of Extraordinary Encounters
edited by Pam Chamberlain
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In the Company of Animals

Alkibiades' Love

Alkibiades' Love

Essays in Philosophy
by Jan Zwicky
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Alkibiades' Love

by Jan Zwicky
Sweet Lechery

Sweet Lechery

Reviews, Essays & Profiles
by Jeet Heer
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Sweet Lechery

by Jeet Heer
The Best Canadian Essays 2014

The Best Canadian Essays 2014

edited by Christopher Doda & Natalie Zina Walschots
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The Best Canadian Essays 2014

How to Breathe Underwater

How to Breathe Underwater

Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change
by Chris Turner
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How to Breathe Underwater

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On Our Radar: Olesen, Berkhout, Tsiang, Stratton, and Crozier

[February 26, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

"On Our Radar" is a monthly series featuring books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews a …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: PEI Books

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

There's more to PEI's children's literature than just Anne Shirley. 

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Freedom to Read Week: Mark Bourrie on our Right to Know

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

The author of Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s Assault on Your Right to Know on government censorship, and what C …

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Stuart Henderson: Why Lessons of 1960s' Counterculture Still Matter Today

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

A near-forgotten 1960s' film encapsulates ideas we're still grappling with about how to build a better world. 

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Black Ice: The Val James Story

Black Ice: The Val James Story

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

An excerpt from the new autobiography by the first African American player in the NHL.

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The Interruption With Sean Michaels

The Interruption With Sean Michaels

[February 18, 2015] | By [Sean Cranbury]

Today Sean Cranbury talks to Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors. Michaels also graces us with a …

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The Cold of Winter

The Cold of Winter

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

And now, a small break from regular winter whining.

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The State of the Canadian Short Story in 2015

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

We check in with fine writers across the country to find out where Canadian stories are at. 

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Chris Turner: The History of Climate Change

[February 13, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

"We live in the age of climate change. Every story is a climate change story. Climate change is not an issue, but rather …

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Book Cover Where the Nights are Twice as Long

P.K. Page: I could do with the good solid reality of you

[February 12, 2015] | By [Kerry Clare]

An excerpt from the fabulous new anthology of love letters by Canadian poets, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long

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