Afghani flight to freedom

Shahnaz Qayumi (left) writes about the aftermath of the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 and details life under Taliban rule for young readers in her latest novel.FULL STORY


Copper Moon beams

December 01st, 2014

On a press release to promote his co-produced theatrical experiment in 2014, Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting, Chris Bose was self-described as “a writer, artist, musician, filmmaker and a Scoundrel.” Officially a member of the N’laka’pamux/Secwepemc Nations, formerly known as the Thompson people of the Spuzzum area (“They hooked-up at St. George’s residential school in Lytton”), Chris Bose was born in Merritt, B.C. in 1970. He is a founding member of the Arbour Collective, an Aboriginal arts collective based in Kamloops, with a national membership. Bose was once earlier self-described as “a very tattooed ex-vegetarian who doesn’t drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs, and for awhile quit drinking coffee when a friend told him that Aboriginal people around the world are being displaced from their lands by coffee growers.” Along the way Bose has been the father of two children, a cobbler, a radio DJ, a bookstore clerk, President of the student body at the local University College, a farm labourer and homeless. He has lived in Stockholm, Sweden and Austin, Texas. His creative non-fiction narrative, also described as a novel, Somewhere in this Inferno (Theytus, 2004), reflects the struggles a young man who is troubled by existential questions and cultural adaptation. Now his second book, A Moon Made of Copper (Kegedonce $16), consists of non-fiction poems written while touring across Canada. They capture Bose’s experiences “getting into adventures and mis-adventures.” 978-0-9868740-8-6

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