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anne marie macdonald & adult onset

Out of the past

The last part of a trilogy that began with the epic Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie Macdonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, offers an intimate portrait of a troubled past.


The pull of Julie Paul

Julie Paul’s writing has an edge. Humour, sensuality, and a healthy measure of darkness lend the stories in The Pull of the Moon an emotional veracity.


Rover 2015: a crisp new year

Terrorism, open societies and fundamentalist religion are a perfect storm in our hyper connected world. The Charlie Hebdo attack raises questions of free expression and humour.

Clockwise from top left: Venus in Fur, Godzilla, Nabucco, Chapman Brothers

2014: an arts odyssey

What got us excited in 2014? Everything from a city-stomping lizard to crucified Ronald Macdonalds, from a cool cat Jesus to the inventor of the theramin.

Balancing Act

Balancing act

Hip yet snarkily critical of hipness, Elyse Friedman’s The Answer to Everything is a breathtaking balancing act that’s laced with humour.

train station

Truth in exile

To immerse oneself in Haruki Murakami’s latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tamaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage, is to indulge in pure literary luxury. Not so colorless after all.


Creepy like a fox

Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball, is a searing, thinking-person’s wrestling movie headed by a creepily-effective performance from Steve Carell.


Knowing when to stop

For most of my life I have hated Christmas. My father was often laid off just before the holidays and there wasn’t much money for presents. It didn’t stop me from wanting things. And I always wanted things.

Alexander depicted as the god Pan

Greeks bearing gifts

Covering a time scale of over 5000 years, Pointe-a-Calliere Museum’s The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great is a stunning exhibition.


Peaceful soldier

Limbo offers an unusually frank and unromantic view of life in contemporary Italy and a new perspective of the ongoing military engagement in Afghanistan.

Red Fox

Bridging solitudes

These two small poetry books, both bilingual editions, carry far greater impact than their diminutive size might suggest.

Montreal Street

Sleight of hand

Like the central character in these stories, Mireille Silcoff had to lie in bed with her head lower than her chest, trying to keep her brain from colliding with her skull.