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A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth by Stephanie Bolster

In A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth, Stephanie Bolster uses startling juxtapositions as a means for irony and to perceive the world from jagged, deconstructing angles. Although her milieu is urban, birds and animals, frequently from a zoo setting, inhabit her verses.

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Speaking Volumes

A Benefit featuring readings by: Dora Dueck and J.R. Léveillé Saturday, May 12, 2012

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The Odious Child and Other Stories/Shag Carpet Action/The Reverse Cowgirl

We have all likely heard the criticism that Canadian fiction is too aesthetically conservative: committed to realism, prudish, backwards-looking, and dominated by small-town settings. Our dominant author of short fiction, after all, is so identified with small-town Ontario that the rural countryside beyond Toronto is known as Alice Munro Country.

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What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland by W.D. Valgardson

What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland is a collection of fourteen tales by W.D. Valgardson. Told in the compelling voice of a seasoned story-maker, the tales bring to life the ‘folk’ ways of the early settlers in the Icelandic Canadian community in Manitoba.

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The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling by Eden Robinson

Heiltsuk/Haisla/Canadian writer Eden Robinson is a storyteller who bears witness and educates as she entertains. Like her award-winning fiction, the stories in The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling sparkle with Robinson’s self-deprecating humour as she tells of who she is as an individual and of how she is connected.

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