From the Library: Cherie Dimaline, Ingrid Persaud, and Emily St. John Mandel

These three books took me from rural Ontario to Trinidad to the moon! Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline Inspired by the traditional story of the Rogarou--"a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of Metis communities"--Dimaline has written a book unlike any other I've read. At night, he roamed the roads that connected … Continue reading From the Library: Cherie Dimaline, Ingrid Persaud, and Emily St. John Mandel

What I’ve Been Listening To: mind-altering plants, mind-altering essays, and some tips for a better life

I'm excited to tell you about this excellent batch of books. Just look at them. This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs--opium, caffeine, and mescaline--and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief.  I always like Michael Pollan and … Continue reading What I’ve Been Listening To: mind-altering plants, mind-altering essays, and some tips for a better life

From the Library: Michelle Good, Garry Leeson, and Carol Bruneau

A wide-ranging trio of books; a fascinating Atlantic Canadian memoir, a heartbreakingly good novel about residential school trauma, and a joy-of-a linked story collection. The Dome Chronicles by Garry Leeson (2019) The Dome Chronicles doesn't look like the type of book I normally gravitate towards - physically, it's tall and wide and floppy, kind of … Continue reading From the Library: Michelle Good, Garry Leeson, and Carol Bruneau

Joshua Whitehead: ‘Jonny Appleseed’ and ‘Love After the End’

Jonny Appleseed and Joshua Whitehead made Canadian history this year - by winning the 2021 Canada Reads debates, they became the first Indigenous and Indigiqueer book and author to win Canada Reads. “This means the world to me,” Whitehead said. “I’m holding this as a legacy and a fire to keep burning for all Indigenous … Continue reading Joshua Whitehead: ‘Jonny Appleseed’ and ‘Love After the End’

Two Post-Apocalyptic Books Worth Reading: “Moon of the Crusted Snow” and “The Marrow Thieves”

Evan is a young Anishinaabe man who belongs to a small community in Northern Ontario. The North wasn't always a part of their territory, but the community is working to make it their new home, and working to bring back the language and many of the traditional ways. When the community first loses internet and … Continue reading Two Post-Apocalyptic Books Worth Reading: “Moon of the Crusted Snow” and “The Marrow Thieves”