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Darjac (private collection), Wikimedia Commons

A touch of magic realism

With Bear, Bo can be the champion he’s always wanted to be, and his life seems to take on a magical quality. But the magic ends when Gerry’s boss gets wind of Bo’s sister, and wants to put her in his carnival freak show.

photo: Elias Touil

Looking back at the Maple Spring

As the snow stubbornly clings to grey sidewalks, it is easy to forget that just two years ago the Maple Spring was in full force. Tenir tête and Les femmes changent la lutte offer two very different versions of the student strike.

1963 film The Great Escape, courtesy of United Artists

Down the rabbit hole

Michael Paryla was found locked in his own apartment comatose from a mixture of milk, whiskey and sleeping pills. Now his distant cousin, Montreal-born Andrew Steinmetz, is trying to reconstruct his life.


After war’s end

In reading Carolyne Van Der Meer’s remarkable work, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experiences, I was reminded of the intricate lace curtains found on the…


A collection of chance events

BOOKS: THE WIND IS NOT A RIVER by BRIAN PAYTON (HARPER COLLINS). When John disappears, Helen hatches an improbable plan of her own. She talks her way into a USO troupe and sings and dances her way to Alaska.

Elysian fields

Death is in the air these days. Two books by Montreal writers access “the other side” in fresh, imaginative ways. Adam Leith Gollner’s The Book of…

The overlooked

The fact that Ann Charney is one of the most overlooked writers in Canada becomes more apparent with each new book. Defiance in their eyes, her…