Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


Brandon Reid

November 30th, 2023

Twelve-year-old Derek Mormin is on the way to his grandfather’s funeral where he will confront some big life issues in Brandon Reid’s debut novel Beautiful Beautiful (Nightwood $24.95). During the trip, Derek begins to unravel his Indigenous ancestral history and navigate the complexities of masculinity. His experiences are narrated by Derek’s irreverent babysitter, Redbird. This captivating coming-of-age tale skillfully explores the stark contrast between rural and urban life, beautifully reconciling Derek’s Indigenous and “Western” ways. Saturated with passion and insight, this book seamlessly weaves laughter with tears, providing a unique lens on identity, heritage and the interconnectedness of life. It’s a triumph of storytelling, a luminous journey through primordial visions and a celebration of unity. 9780889714540

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