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Editor's Note>
by Olga Stein

by Michael Redhill,
reviewed by Nicholas Maes

The View from Castle Rock
by Alice Munro,
reviewed by John Moss

DeNiro's Game
by Rawi Hage,
reviewed by David H. Evans

Home Schooling
by Carol Windley,
reviewed by Lyle Neff

The Friends of Meager Fortune
by David Adams Richards,
reviewed by T.F. Rigelhof

This is My Country, WhatĂs Yours: A Literary Atlas of Canada
by Noah Richler,
reviewed by Clara Thomas

Literally Across Canada>
by Olga Stein

Orson Welles: Hello Americans
by Simon Callow,
reviewed by Todd Swift

Caesar: The Life of a Colossus
by Adrian Goldsworthy,
reviewed by David A. Furlow

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach BoysĂ Brian Wilson
by Peter Ames Carlin,
reviewed by Ray Robertson

Auto da FÚ: Conrad Black, Corporate Governance, and the End of Economic Man>
by Adrian Stein and Olga Stein

America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It
by Mark Steyn,
reviewed by David Solway

Does American Democracy Still Work?
by Alan Wolfe,
reviewed by Paul Drolet

On Political Equality
by Robert A. Dahl,
reviewed by Paul Drolet

Mayhem for the Masses: The Year of 9/11 Cinema>
by Roland Brown

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Col=n,
reviewed by Roland Brown

Jaguar Rain: the Margaret Mee Poems
by Jan Conn,
reviewed by Linda Besner

The Aviary
by Miranda Pearson,
reviewed by Linda Besner

by Anchorage Press,
reviewed by Jeffery Donaldson

White Salt Mountain
by Peter Sanger,
reviewed by Jeffery Donaldson

Out to Dry in Cape Breton
by Anita Lahey,
reviewed by Olivia Cole

Anatomy of Keys
by Steven Price,
reviewed by Patrick Warner

Phil Hall
by An Oak Hunch,
reviewed by Andrew Vaisius

Empress of Asia
by Adam Lewis Schroeder,
reviewed by Nancy Wigston

Lullabies for Little Criminals
by Heather OĂNeill,
reviewed by Nancy Wigston

Dead ManĂs Float
by Nicholas Maes,
reviewed by Nancy Wigston

I Still Love You: Five Plays
by Daniel MacIvor,
reviewed by Martin Morrow

Arab Cooking on a Saskatchewan Homestead: Recipes and Recollections
by Habeeb Salloum,
reviewed by Brian Fawcett

Canadians at Table: A Culinary History of Canada
by Dorothy Duncan,
reviewed by Brian Fawcett

Chow: From Canada to China: Memories of Food & Family
by Janice Wong,
reviewed by Brian Fawcett

Love in the Time of Cholesterol
by Cecily Ross,
reviewed by Brian Fawcett

Vij's elegant and inspired Indian Cuisine
by Vikram Viz and Meeru Dhalwala,
reviewed by Brian Fawcett

Friday Night with the Pope
by Jacques J. M. Shore, illustrated by Amalia Hoffman,
reviewed by Olga Stein

The Christmas Tree: Two Tales for the Holidays
by David Adams Richards,
reviewed by Olga Stein

Ancient Thunder
by text and illustrations by Leo Yerxa,
reviewed by Olga Stein

Beyond the Northern Lights
by text and illustrations by Lynn Blaikie,
reviewed by Olga Stein

Auto da FÚ
Conrad Black,
Corporate Governance, and the End of Economic Man

by Adrian Stein and Olga Stein

At a black tie party at the Four Season's in Manhattan last November 2005, the literary, social and business elite of New York gathered to mark the annual Kenyon Review award for literary distinction. The propinquity of New York wealth and philanthropy, with the glitterati of the publishing and literary world made for a special frisson. The atmosphere was further excited by the presence of Michael Bloomberg who had just won a landslide mayoral victory. In his exuberance he composed a short poem: "On the Campaign, the question arose/What big second term plans proposed/Said I, 'First thing I'll do-Toast the Kenyon Review'/After that, really who the hell knows." The melange of pearl-covered and bejewelled women and prominent tuxedo-clad names erupted in a frenzied, excited applause, putting aside the foreboding of recent years.
The host for this special evening was the Kenyon Review, a sixty-year-old quarterly, with a long and well-established pedigree. Founded in 1939, by the poet John Crowe Ransom, the review was associated in its early years with Robert Penn Warren, Mark Van Doren, Delmore Schwartz, Robert Lowell, Flannery O' Connor, and other American literary lions

Master of All He Surveyed

The Life of a Colossus,

Adrian Goldsworthy,

by David A. Furlow

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus," the conspirator Cassius says of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play. "And we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves." Caesar has long fascinated dramatists, and, more recently, has won the favour of film-makers, novelists, and television producers. Long before Michael Douglas wooed Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rex Harrison's intelligent, utterly self-confident Caesar showed how a middle-aged man could win a youthful Elizabeth Taylor's affections in 1963's Cleopatra.

Literally Across Canada

Interview with Noah Richler

by Olga Stein

Noah Richler was raised in Montreal and London, England. He was a prize-winning producer and host of documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998. He joined the National Post and became its first books editor. He has contributed to publications here and in England. Most recently, he was the host of the CBC's Richler on Radio and of "A Literary Atlas of Canada", a ten-part series for Ideas based on his researches for the book, and now available as a CBC audio-DVD.

Welles Reinflated

Orson Welles:
Hello Americans

Simon Callow,

by Todd Swift

Orson Welles would have greatly enjoyed the recent midterm elections in America-and not from the sidelines either. Had he been alive today, Welles would have been orating on the festooned platform with all the rhetorical grandeur that we associate with his role as Charles Foster Kane. If this seems like an unfamiliar way to begin a review of that seemingly all-too-familiar subject, Welles, the meteoric super-kid and ultimate failure, then look again.

That's what Simon Callow has done in this follow-up to The Road to Xanadu, the first part of a projected trilogy. In that superb work, Callow focused, in convincing detail, on everything the boy wonder had done right up until the premiere, in May 1941, of the world's greatest feature film, Citizen Kane, when the director-writer-producer-star (in all his hyphenated glory) was not yet twenty-six years old....

Steyn and Company

America Alone
The End of the World as We Know It
Mark Steyn,

by David Solway
It seems appropriate to begin by citing a recent review of Mark Steyn's America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, which will no doubt serve as a token of what that intrepid and politically incorrect author can expect to meet in the book pages of most of our major dailies. Writing in The Globe and Mail, William Christian opines that America Alone "is quite possibly the most crass and vulgar book about the West's relationship with the Islamic world I have ever encountered." After summarising a part of Steyn's argument, albeit a major one, that Western Europe is rapidly undergoing demographic extinction and thus colluding with the triumphant resurgence of Islam through strategic immigration, Christian dismisses the book as just another of those "rants" tailored for the American conservative market and deplores the presumably "aggressive, intolerant and radical ideology" it represents.

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