Category Archives: Canada

Education and Failure: Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers

“To understand the stories of the seven lost students who are the subjects of this book,” Tanya Talaga begins her devastating, angry, and thought-provoking book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, you must understand Thunder Bay’s past, how the seeds of division, of acrimony and distaste, of a lack of […]

Broken: Katherena Vermette, The Break

We have all been broken in one way or another. I probably wouldn’t label Katherena Vermette’s The Break as “crime fiction,” but it’s a good example of the difficulty and, at some level, the inutility or pointlessness of genre distinctions. It is certainly a novel organized around a single crime, and its plot includes an investigation […]

Best Canadian …

(cross-posted to The Valve) There has been a lot of CanCon around this week, what with the holiday formerly known as ‘Dominion Day‘ and all.* So, for instance, the Globe and Mail ran a story about revising the canon of great Canadian novels. Thirty years ago dozens of scholars, critics, authors and publishing types gathered […]

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