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The Cosmos of Montreal

NEIL KROETSCH’S FIRST FEATURE film Bar Code hits hard on the note of regret, but the Montreal actor and stage director says cashing in his life’s savings for the venture is not one of them. While theatre is an ephemeral thing, film, even a small one, can have a life. Kroetsch’s directing debut will begin that life on Sunday at 9:45 p.m., when Bar Code premiers at the NFB cinema as part of the 27th annual Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Filmed m…

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Dog Lacks Bite

DOGS THESE DAYS are becoming major celebrities. J. R. Carpenter, in her first novel Words the Dog Knows, has tuned into this phenomenon with uncanny instinct, selecting Isaac as her canine protagonist. We might wish she had chosen to have Isaac narrate this tail-wagging tale, rather than Simone, Isaac’s owner. For while dog-lovers everywhere will empathize with Simone’s story, the hardcore fiction reader eyeing this playful title expects s…

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“Ain’t But One Kind of Crazy”

As one reads Half-Blood Blues, the terse, vivid vernacular of the aging Baltimorian light-skinned “black,” Sidney Griffiths, the first person narrator of Esi Edugyan’s Giller-winning novel, becomes a captivating force. A  powerfully persuasive instrument, the bassist’s laconic voice boldly sings throughout this novel. Early in the book, a young virtuoso horn player and fellow musician, Heironymus Falk (Hiero, or “the kid”), is arrested and abduc…

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Flawed Fifties Feminist Fiction

NOVELS, UNLIKE HUMANS, MAY RISE FROM THE DEAD. Phyllis Brett Young’s first novel, Psyche, has been reincarnated fifty years after its first appearance. Studying the era that nurtured its author offers readers a compelling glimpse into the development of a successful mid-20th century Canadian novelist. Young’s Psyche, a huge bestseller reprinted in many languages, was one of the first Canadian novels to capture an international audience. One year…

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The Bittersweet Gift of Motherhood

THE TERM “MOTHER SUPERIOR” generally connotes superior powers of grace, compassion, authority, or even severity. Saleema Nawaz’s collection of short stories, Mother Superior, explores from many angles the lives of various women who, through perversity, ignorance, bad luck, or courage, take on the role of motherhood. Whether the right to conceive or to bear a child is something that a woman understands to be a gift, a curse, or a terror–thi…

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Walking Words 2009

OVER THE COMING MONTHS, I will give myself the gift of an ongoing journey, one I know will inspire me and may, over time, inspire others. This gift is to walk or to traverse by other means the perimeter of the island of Montreal, and write about this odyssey in a blog. The idea being to flow with this project like the river surrounding our island, allowing all sensations and all existence to flow through the experience, in time and space. I pled…

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A Legend Whose Time Has Come

IN THE WAKE OF her smoking hot Metropolis concert with backup band Buick 6, Lucinda Williams’ tenth CD, Little Honey, has hit the stores. After a long but eventful artistic journey, Williams’ smoldering fusion of folk, rock, R & B, country, and Delta blues has melded into a high octane blend of Neil Young, Joan Baez, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, and Billie Holiday – all fermented in New Orleans and bottled in the Bayou. Williams’ Young in…

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This isn’t a theatre review, is it?

SAID: I will remember, Carolyn Guillet, the day I saw your one-act play and I caught my breath Cause you made me think about the dancing and the stumbling…about all there is About the men we mate with, and how, and the father whose memory we chase, and the failures, the sad disappointments in life To cause me to think–is that really all there is….to life? Is it really all there is to love? SUNG Cause if that’s all there is, if…

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The E-volution of Literature

What is e-lit? It would be easy to conclude that e-lit is simply the electronic format of text, a handy e-book reader or the HTML format of a poem available online in such e-zines as carte blanche or even Rover. Let e-lit author and proselytizer J.R. Carpenter set you straight: e-lit is “writing that couldn’t exist on paper. It has structural elements that take it beyond the paper format and its most common feature is non-linearity.” Of course,…

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Rover Team

PUBLISHER & EDITOR: Marianne Ackerman EXECUTIVE  EDITORS: Leila Marshy, Matthew Hays ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Jim Burke (reviews), Lesley Trites (books) MARKETING: Lindy Omassi WRITERS Jim Burke Brian Campbell Anna Fuerstenberg James Gartler Eric Hamovitch Kathryn Harvey Matthew Hays Kit Jenkin Matt Leslie Jeffrey Mackie Leila Marshy Patricia Maunder Elise Moser Gina Roitman Zeshaun Saleem Byron Toben Chesley Walsh Natalie Willett – CONTRIBUTORS…

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High Voltage Blue Chip Laughs

A SURREALIST BRECHTIAN musical satire with an intelligent, whimsical script kicks off the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma tonight. A Sentimental Capitalism makes a memorable impression – in three languages. Directed by Olivier Asselin who co-wrote the script with his lead actress, Lucille Fluet, this comic salute to the Marx Brothers and other filmmakers is about art, desire, love, loyalty, promotion, value and the volatility of the New York St…

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