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Posts from the ‘Books’ category

US Virgin Islands in 1918

Magical, historical Virgin isles

Magic, myth and history are interwoven in a tapestry of predominantly female voices, in the story the story of a US Virgin Islands sea captain, his tantalizing daughter, his pregnant social climbing wife, and his equally pregnant oseah mistress.

Chicoutimi: back to the "regions" but still staying modern

The firefly of Chicoutimi-Nord

A modern Québecois twist on going back to the land, La déesse des mouches à feu is set in Chicoutimi-Nord, a place populated by skaters, grunge kids and the fireflies, the popular high school girls. Catherine is determined, through drugs, sex, and rock and roll, to be a firefly.

Photo care of Véhicule Press

New tab, old story

Flitting from parties to jobs they dislike and on to potential art happenings, New Tab’s 20-something Montreal creative class ends up with more beer than poetry.

Lew Terman demonstrating the theremin

Theremin and pheromones

Romance, cold war espionage, New York in the Roaring Twenties and even French Montreal all linger in the background of Sean Michaels’ debut novel about Russian inventor Lev Termen.

An Iraqi Army soldier conducts a patrol.

Post 9/11 fire

Hailed as a post-apocalyptic mind-fuck, Fire in the Unnameable Country is a post 9/11 Muslim’s account of imaginary boundaries, surveillance, and an altered reality.

Der fahrende Sänger (The Travelling Singer), by Friedrich von Keller (1840-1914)

Sketches of everyman

These are stories of guys who are crippled by drugs, who marry the wrong women, and who do not lead particularly noble, awful or even interesting lives. They are folks.