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Three Books by James Porteous

Welcome to the BOOKS page for the author, photographer, singer-songwriter, and writer James Porteous Porteous worked for over 20 years as a digital librarian and archivist in Toronto…

Nashville library offers ‘I read banned books’ library cards

Last year, there were 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services, according to the American Library Association. Photo: The Nashville Public Library’s banned books library…

Photos: The New York Brownstone

An update of a legendary book provides encyclopedic architectural knowledge of the city’s row houses known as Brownstones Cover Photo: Dylan Chandler. Image courtesy of Rizzoli 14 October…

Book: ‘Mothers, Fathers, and Others’ addresses the realities of motherhood

Siri Hustvedt seeks to reclaim the messiness of motherhood. Aren’t we, she asks, all mixed up, a melange, a mess? Photo: Detail: ‘Mothers, Fathers, and Others’ 20 December…

Obituary: Marie-Claire Blais – Author (82)

The Quebecois author was revolutionary in so many ways, she remained a nomad and a devoted advocate for the Francophonie. 30 November 2021 | Staff | Canadian Press…

Sylvia Plath: Will the poet always be defined by her death?

(Image credit: Alamy) Since Sylvia Plath died in 1963, she’s been turned into a crudely tragic symbol. As she inspires more biographies, will we ever get closer to the…

Excerpt: The Vietnam War

Photo: Title: Anti-Vietnam War placards surround Toronto’s war memorial in 1969. Photographer: Reg. Innell Date: April 6, 1969 28 July 2021 | The War | James Porteous |…

Obituary: William F. Nolan – Prolific SciFi Writer (Logan’s Run) (93)

Photo: William F. Nolan and Ray Bradbury The American author wrote hundreds of stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction genres as well as as a screenwriter. 18 July 2021 |…

Poets, fighters and dreamers: Kurdish women tell their own stories a new collection

Photo: The anthology celebrates the “colourful lives” of Kurdish women, says editor Houzan Mahmoud (AFP/Delil Souleiman) ‘Kurdish Women’s Stories’ gives voice to women who ‘kept the momentum of…

Updated: Watch: Herd: A Spiritual Journey (Documentary)

The film follows an 8-day ‘Equinisity’ retreat with animals and nature as well as details on the retreat itself, located in Kamloops BC. This item has been updated…

The Fake Empire

The Good Lord is so fed up with his flock of Hapless Humans.  They destroyed the planet and now The Davos Dandies are building hundreds of Freedom Bunkers…

Stephen Fry: You Have No Free Will

Photo illustration by Bráulio Amado 02 May 2021 | David Marchese | New York Times Magazine (original link) We all have them: cultural figures whom, beyond any single…

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