Memoir as poetry

Sharon Thesen (l.) collaborated with wig-maker Janet Gallant to write a long poem about Gallant’s life after her mother left her with an abusive father at age three and later finding out she was bi-racial. FULL STORY

The tall ship Lynne Quarmby sailed on, anchored off the western Svalbard archipelago. Photo courtesy Eric Esterle.


Red snowfields and melting ice-caps

SFU prof & Green Party candidate Lynne Quarmby travels to the Arctic to find algae that turns snow red and is brought face-to-face with climate change.

Quarmby writes about washing up on shore with “nothing but wilderness between me and the next polar bear,” total daylight, midnight walks under sunny skies and evidence of the harm caused by global warming. FULL STORY

Adventure travel, 1950s-style

Renate Belcyzk and Sigrid Hirte’s advice for a successful trip: be positive, keep an open heart and take a chance.

In pursuit of Charlie

Sarah Louise Butler’s debut novel never mentions the words Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Rather the mysterious primate is a universal symbol… FULL STORY

Enter, colonizing settlers

Her 16 essays are “thought-provoking” says reviewer Ian Chunn and give opportunities to ponder how the difficulties of colonialism can… FULL STORY

Drawing social struggle

“I didn’t want the drawing sequence [of June 21, 1919, known as ‘bloody Sunday’] to be entertaining,” Lester says. “I… FULL STORY

Sky highs

Kirkby’s trip to the ancient Himalayan region of Zanskar and a 1000-year old Buddhist monastery, traveling with his wife and… FULL STORY

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