Book Reviews in January 2002 Issue

Note from Editor
Editor's Note
by Olga Stein
We're pleased to bring you the first issue of 2002. The Winter issue is full of entertaining reviews, but it would be difficult to overlook the somber note in many of the pieces. A large number of contributors have chosen to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in the US.

The Weather
by Lisa Robertson

New Star Books
88 pages $16 paper
ISBN: 0921586817
Seven Pages Missing, Volume One: Selected Texts 1969-1999
by Steve McCaffery

Coach House Books
464 pages $22.95 paper
ISBN: 155245049X
Swing in the Hollow
by Ryan Knighton

Anvil Press
104 pages $13.95 paper
ISBN: 1895636345
Book Review
Vancouver, Weather, and Seven Pages Missing
by Rob McLennan
Vancouver poet Ryan Knighton has been known to west coast readers for some time, either as recently-outgoing editor of The Capilano Review, as a contributor to Hammer & Tongs: A Smoking Lung Anthology (1999, Smoking Lung Press), or as a member of Vancouver's informal TADS 'zine and poetry group, that includes Chris Turnbull, Jason le Heup, George Bowering, Wayde Compton, Jamie Reid and George Stanley.
Hogg, The Seven Last Words
by Barry Callaghan

McArthur & Company
144 pages $18.95 paper
ISBN: 1552782468
Book Review
Callaghan's Vision of Russia
by Frank Westcott
The painter paints. The writer writes. The poet, when he is good, paints with his words drawing you into his work. The pallet is experience, the oils, words evoking our imagination's canvas. Barry Callaghan in Hogg ,The Seven Last Words, brings his poet's brush to Hogg's landscape of 20th century Russia.
A Fin de SiFcle Tapestry Thunder and Light Translated by Nigel Spencer
by Marie-Claire Blais

190 pages $24.95 paper
ISBN: 0887841767
Book Review
Point de vue
by David Homel
Marie-Claire Blais, in her early sixties now, has been remarkably true to her vision from book to book, and that vision is of a tragic world delivered in fabulously lyrical prose. The crime rate may be falling (a dirty little secret our governments don't want us to know, because cultivating their citizens' collective sense of insecurity is one of their goals), but in Blais' fiction, man is still wolf to man¨and woman.
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen

HarperFlamingo Canada
568 pages $39.95 cloth
ISBN: 0002005093
Book Review
Franzen's Sad American Family
by Joel Yanofsky
Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections is probably longer, at 568 pages, than any novel about the dysfunctional American family has to be. After all, how much more do we need to know about the Lamberts than that they live in St. Jude, a mid-western suburb named for the patron saint of hopeless causes; or that Alfred, a.k.a.
The Heart of Redness
by Zakes Mda

Oxford University Press
320 pages $24.95 paper
ISBN: 0676973922
Book Review
The Red Divide
by Nikki Barrett
Don't try and keep your Believers distinct from your Unbelievers while reading Zakes Mda's vibrant and vital novel. Once you set aside that maddening task, you will enjoy the pluck and bounce, the echoes and reverberations, of the parallel plot strings of The Heart of Redness. You will also be well on your way to grasping the heart of this playful, wily and evocative novel where skepticism itself is taken to "the heights of religion.
The Russlander
by Sandra Birdsell

McLelland & Stewart
350 pages $34.95 cloth
ISBN: 0771014500
Book Review
Mennonite Life Shattered in Tsarist Russia
by Anne Cimon
The Russlander, Sandra Birdsell's third novel, was a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize. In 1989, her novel The Missing Child won the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her short stories have been widely published and her most recent collection The Two-Headed Calf appeared in 1997. In The Russlander, Birdsell delves deeply into her Mennonite heritage
Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic Illustrated by Bill Pechet
by Bill Richardson

Douglas & McIntyre
272 pages $29.95 cloth
ISBN: 1552782441
Book Review
Dirty Ditties from Feline Mouths
by Shane Neilson
Bill Richardson is no amateur punster, having been seasoned by years of on-air broadcasting experience as host of a much-bepunned early-afternoon CBC variety radio program. A veteran of several novels, his prose has garnered the Leacock Medal by virtue of its gleeful use of literature's lowest form of humour.
Rousseau's Garden
by Ann Charney

VThicule Press
206 pages $18.95 paper
ISBN: 1550651463
Book Review
A Study of Surfaces
by Olga Stein
Towards the end of Rousseau's Garden, an exhibit of photographs, taken by Claire Symons, the novel's protagonist, of the grounds of an old chateau outside of Paris, draws appreciative comments from the onlookers. The owner of the chateau begins to comment, "Everything appears as it is, quite ordinary at first glance..." Another member of this audience adds, "The camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality, a way of seeing what we ourselves perceive only as shadowy sentiments...
Can a Darwinian be a Christian?
by Michael Ruse

Cambridge University Press
242 pages $41.95 cloth
ISBN: 0521631440
Book Review
A Match Not Made in Heaven
by Richard B. Davis
Can a Darwinian be a Christian? "Absolutely," says Michael Ruse. Ruse is perhaps best known for his participation in the infamous Arkansas "Scopes II" trial in 1981, where he provided expert testimony on behalf of the ACLU in their attempt to strike down a law requiring balanced treatment of creation and evolution in public schools. (The ACLU won their case.) For many years professor of philosophy at Guelph University, Ruse now holds the Lucyle T.
Here: A Biography of the New American Continent
by Anthony DePalma

Public Affairs
375 pages $39.5 cloth
ISBN: 1891620835
Book Review
NAFTA From An American Perspective
by Fred A. Reed
No ignorance is greater than American ignorance of all that lies beyond its borders. The fall seems never to bring awareness, only the lament of continually shattered innocence. There are exceptions to this glum rule, however. Because it claims to challenge ignorance "Here", New York Times correspondent Anthony DePalma's survey of the radical reconfiguration of the continent set in motion by the North American Free Trade Agreement merits attention in these dire times.
Committed to the State Asylum: Insanity and Society in Nineteenth-Century Quebec and Ontario
by James E. Moran

McGill-Queen's University Press
230 pages $27.95 paper
ISBN: 0773521895
Book Review
Insane Asylums¨A History of Debate
by Douglas Brown
Committed to the State Asylum is a triumph of scholarly precision; it establishes a corrective example of how historians of psychiatry might integrate widely divergent claims on their attention into a coherent, inclusive approach to the history of the insane asylum.
The Friendly Dictatorship
by Jeffrey Simpson

McClelland & Stewart
238 pages $32.99 cloth
ISBN: 0771080786
Book Review
A One-Party Affair
by Mark Wegierski
In this book, Jeffrey Simpson treads cautiously over ground first broken by others. Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan, for instance, wrote a cover article for The Next City (Winter 1996/97) titled "Our benign dictatorship: Can Canada avoid a second century of Liberal rule?" Before discussing the work as a whole, I'd like to touch on the book's various chapters. In the first chapter, "Prime-Ministerial Government," Simpson examines the various formal and informal aspects of the system.
Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics
by Warren Kinsella

Random House Canada
245 pages $34.95 cloth
ISBN: 0679310851
Democratic equality: What went wrong?
by Edward Broadbent

University of Toronto Press
263 pages $21.95 paper
ISBN: 0802083323
Book Review
Michael Taube
As most BiC readers have discovered, I am on the right of the political spectrum. In terms of political ideology, I am a fusionist, or a follower of the late National Review senior editor Frank Meyer's theory that blends elements of conservatism and libertarianism. Briefly, this means three things: I am a conservative with libertarian leanings; I tend to be more of a fiscal conservative than a social conservative; and I have more than a mild interest in classical liberal texts.
The Book of Eve
by Constance Beresford-Howe

McClelland & Stewart
198 pages $19.99 paper
ISBN: 0771011059
Book Review
Reinventing Retirement
by Heather Gale
Which kind of retirement would you choose: a secure, middle-class existence surrounded by familiar, much-loved objects, yet confined to dull servitude nursing your cranky, arthritic spouse¨or, an unplanned escape into unpredictability and poverty, an adventure characterized by the loss of your former life and of all that you have known yourself to be? Eva Carroll, the heroine of Constance Beresford-Howe's novel The Book of Eve, opts out of a safe retirement at the age of sixty-five, leaving b
A Father's Revenge
by Pan Bouyoucas

238 pages $18 paper
ISBN: 1550711164
Book Review
Vengeance in a Red Parka
by Cyril Dabydeen
This book is aptly titled a "father's revenge", though it may also be about a son's revenge. The context is Montreal's Greek community and immigrant angst in the midst of Quebec's federalist-separatist tussle. In this crime novel described as "disturbing," we do see some disturbing events. A mysterious figure wears a red parka and perpetrates dark, foul deeds. And there are twists and turns, sometimes too surprising, even comic. The novel is Guernica Editions' Prose Series 58.
Mr. Phillips
by John Lanchester

McClelland & Stewart
247 pages $19.99 paper
ISBN: 0771045905
Book Review
The Anal and Retentive Mr. Phillips
by Gerald Lynch
The eponymous Mr. Phillips is an accountant at loose ends for a day in London, England. Mr. Phillips is also something of a trick narrative in that key information is withheld till a quarter of the way in (on reviewer's principle I won't give it away).
A Far Time
by J.A. Wainwright

Mosaic Press
198 pages $20 paper
ISBN: 0889627584
Book Review
Traversing A Cultural Era
by Raj Mehta
A Far Time, Wainwright's second novel, is anchored in a romantic relationship between Jake and Karen. There are other intimate interludes, but it is Jake's rankled fascination for Karen that comes to forge a link between his desire, and over the course of the novel, his faded past. Jake's a young writer and Karen is a seventeen-year-old Leonard Cohen enthusiast at the beginning of the novel.
Good Bones And Simple Murders Illustrated by Margaret Atwood
by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart
166 pages $24.99 cloth
ISBN: 077100866X
Book Review
by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Some things should not be collected¨a gun collector could, for instance, be accused of stockpiling, warmongering. But people will and do gather objects to them, particularly books, and there are certainly bibliophiles who will want this one too. Approached separately, these mostly feministic musings by Margaret Atwood must have been witty in their contrivance, chortlingly satirical, etc., but together they feel like the same vituperative joke deconstructed ad infinitum.
Being Fiction
by John Moss

Tecumseh Press
302 pages $22.95 paper
ISBN: 1896133258
Book Review
Fiction¨The Art of Conjuring Reality
by William Bournemouth
For William Shakespeare, it was a fairly straightforward proposition. To be or not to be, that was the question¨being or nothingness, existence or annihilation. John Moss' title, Being Fiction, suggests a slightly more complex approach. The power of fiction, Moss' stories suggest, upsets this tidy opposition by conjuring up a state that is neither straightforward presence nor absence, neither real nor unreal but somewhere in the less easily imaginable in-between
Living in Paradise: New and Selected Poems
by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

The Mansfield Press
168 pages $19.95 paper
ISBN: 1894469054
Book Review
Di Cicco is back
by John Oughton
The rumour is true, poetry fans: Di Cicco is back. Until this new book, his career of ten books from 1975 to 1986¨resembled Rimbaud's: a spurt of brilliance and productivity, then silence. Both lived and wrote in a take-no-prisoners style. But here the analogy ends: while Rimbaud explored his heart of darkness, trading guns and ivory, Di Cicco's parabola aimed at faith. He lived in a monastery, and then was ordained a Catholic priest. While a surprise, this was not unprecedented in poetry.
The Animal Library
by Jason Camlot

DC Books
110 pages $13.95 paper
ISBN: 0919688624
Some Late Adventure of the Feelings
by Mark Sinnett

ECW Press
75 pages $14.95 paper
ISBN: 1550224107
Love is not Native to my Blood
by Brian Day

76 pages $12 paper
ISBN: 1550711237
Book Review
Romantic Love Fares Better
by Geoffrey Cook
Brian Day's first collection of poetry, Love is Not Native to my Blood, explores the traditional poetic ground of myth and eros, and can be summed up in the story of Narcissus. Nothing is more native to the blood of Narcissus, however, than love, granted it is a love of a rather limited scope¨precisely the kind of perspective with which Day's collection leaves a reader
by Eric Kierans and Walter Stewart

288 pages $34.95 cloth
ISBN: 0773732888
Book Review
A High Achiever
by Clara Thomas
In those happy days when thousands of Canadians listened to Peter Gzowski's Morningside faithfully, the peak of enjoyment for many of us was his weekly conversation with the Three Wise Men, Dalton Camp, Stephen Lewis and Eric Kierans. Ostensibly conservative, N.D.P. and Liberal in their opinions, they were far more flexible than that categorizing suggests. Their conversations, often passionate arguments, were and remain a high point of CBC Broadcasting.
Grammars of Creation
by George Steiner

Yale University Press
344 pages $44.95 cloth
ISBN: 0300088639
The Last Empire:Essays 1992ű2000
by Gore Vidal

465 pages $41.95 cloth
ISBN: 0385501544
Book Review
America, America. Essays by George Steiner and Gore Vidal
by T. F. Rigelhof
If the "crusade" against the daemonic Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the name of "saving civilization" with "infinite justice" (as George W
Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750
by Jonathan Israel

Oxford University Press
810 pages $78.95 cloth
ISBN: 0198206089
Book Review
Spinoza, the Radical
by Stan Persky
For better than a hundred and fifty debate-charged years, beginning around 1650, the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment changed Europe's mind about almost everything worth thinking about.
George Grant and the Theology of the Cross: The Christian Foundations of his Thought
by Harris Athanasiadis

University of Toronto Press
282 pages $60 cloth
ISBN: 0802048757
Book Review
An Echo From An Empty Place
by Barry Allen
One point made very forcefully, even definitively, by Harris Athanasiadis is that George Grant was a Christian theological thinker of a peculiar stamp. His thinking on topics from Canadian nationalism to mass society and technology is passionately informed by the theological perspective its progenitor, Martin Luther, called the theology of the cross. A theology of the cross epitomizes many meditations on the extraordinary affirmation of Christians, that God died on the cross.
Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures
by Richard Leakey, Virginia Morell

St. Martin's Press
319 pages $25 cloth
ISBN: 0312206267
Book Review
A Political Animal
by Christopher Ondaatje
Anyone who has read John Le Carre's recent novel The Constant Gardner, will get a frightening insight into the politics of Kenya today. It is a book banned in Kenya. One wants to know more. I certainly did. And Richard Leakey's new book Wildlife Wars about the extraordinary struggle of a single dedicated white Kenyan to sort out the turmoil in the Kenya Wildlife Service is a fascinating story interlaced with political intrigue.
Can't Buy Me Love: How Martha Billes Made Canadian Tire Hers
by Rod McQueen

282 pages $32.95 cloth
ISBN: 0773733221
Book Review
The Martha Billes Story
by John Oughton
One of the few sure-fire tests of a genuine Canadian is knowing what the term "double-double" mean. Another is storing in your wallet or glove box currency adorned with a red triangular logo and thrifty tam-sporting Scot: Canadian Tire money. The Canadian Tire Corporation, CTC or "Tire", as insiders call it, is a rare phenomenon in Canadian retailing. Brothers J.W. and A.J.
Meditating on Gardens¨Interview with Ann Charney
by Padma Viswanathan
Ann Charney has published one previous novel, Dobryd, and a book of reportage, Defiance in their Eyes: True Stories from the Margins. She has received awards for fiction and non-fiction, including two National Magazine Awards, the Chatelaine Fiction Prize, and the Canadian Authors' Association Prize. Charney spoke with Padma Viswanathan on November 28th in her home in Montreal.
A Respected Outlaw. An Interview with Peter Carey
by Nancy Wigston
Australian writer Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh in 1943. After flunking out of first year university, where he was a chemistry major, he wrote ad copy for Volkswagen before embarking on his remarkable career in fiction. Influenced by Joyce, Faulkner, and Beckett, Carey writes award-winning fiction that spans the genres. Among his eight novels are the Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda, The Tax Inspector, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Illywhacker, and Jack Maggs.
Letters to Editor
Letters to the Editor
Dear Olga Stein, I am a subscriber to Books in Canada mainly because you do not marginalize poetry. But I enjoyed your November/December issue so much, the article by Carmine Starnino and especially that by Robyn Sarah and John Unrau, that I had to say thank you. So Thank You, Ed McFarlane Dear Editor, I read with interest Carmine Starnino's essay in the latest Books in Canada and have a few comments to make.
Rough Landing
by Lorne Shirinian

Blue Heron Press
80 pages $10 paper
ISBN: 0920266126
History of Armenia and Other Fiction
by Lorne Shirinian

Blue Heron Press
239 pages $10 paper
ISBN: 0920266142
Poems and Stories to Place on Graves
by Michael Hurley
poems to illuminate caves poems to place on graves poems that shocked poems that made you turn your head poems that excited poems of solace poems of condolence discomforting poems poems like stones poems like forceps poems to breach walls ¨ from "The Assassination of the Future," Rough Landing Fasten your seatbelts.
Louis Dudek: Essays on His Works
by Edited by George Hildebrand

Guernica, Writers Series 3
133 pages $10 paper
ISBN: 1550711210
An Accidental Monument
by Chris Jennings
In his introduction to Louis Dudek: Essays on His Work, George Hildebrand claims to have avoided "versions of monumentalization" because "[t]his poet is no monument; rather his life's work, ongoing, is a continuous process¨a growth, a flourishing of mind". With Dudek's passing on 22 March 2001, Hildebrand's acclamations have been forced into the wrong tense and his reminder of Dudek's ongoing work now reads as an insistence on the completed work's continuing relevance.
Double Exile and Montreal. English-Language Poetry
by David Solway
And what's the news you carry¨if you know? And tell me where you're off for¨Montreal? Robert Frost, "An Encounter" It is no accident that some of the best writing in English Canada is to be found in Montreal and that some of the finest poets in the country reside and work within a radius of a few blocks of one another. Michael Harris, Carmine Starnino, Robyn Sarah and Peter Van Toorn have lived "in town" from the very beginning of their literary careers.
The God Who Begat A Jackal
by Nega Mezlekia

Penguin Books
275 pages $25 paper
ISBN: 0141006625
River Thieves
by Michael Crummey

Doubleday Canada
335 pages $34.95 paper
ISBN: 0385658109
Stanley Park
by Timothy Taylor

Knopf Canada
423 pages $34.95 paper
ISBN: 0676973078
Rogues and vagabonds
by Marilyn Lightstone

316 pages $29.95 paper
ISBN: 0773733205
Stories to hide from your mother
by Tess Fragoulis

Thistledown Press
366 pages $21.95 paper
ISBN: 1551520451
Tell it Slant
by Beth Follett

Coach House Books
149 pages $17.95 paper
ISBN: 1552450813
The Confessions of Nipper Mooney
by Ed Kavanagh

Killick Press
322 pages $19.95 paper
ISBN: 1894294289
First Novels
First Novels
by W.P Kinsella
A finalist for the Giller Prize, River Thieves, by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada, 335pp, $34.95, ISBN: 0385658109) is a historical novel set in Newfoundland, primarily in the early 1800s. David Buchan, a British naval officer has orders to make friendly contact with the Beothuk Indians, known as Red Indians because they dye their bodies with ochre clay. He approaches the Peyton family for help; John Sr. is a fierce old man known to hate the Indians, while his son John Jr
St. Patrick's Bed
by Terence M. Green

Forge Books Tom Doherty Associates
224 pages $31.95 cloth
ISBN: 0765300435
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Barbara Turner Kinsella
Fiction In St. Patrick's Bed (Forge Books, Tom Doherty Associates, 224pp., $31.95 cloth, ISBN: 0765300435), Terence M. Green's autobiographical protagonist embarks on another journey into America in search of family roots.
When Alice Lay Down With Peter
by Margaret Sweatman

Knopf Canada
457 pages $34.95 cloth
ISBN: 0676973159
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Janine Flaccavento
Fiction Margaret Sweatman's latest novel, When Alice Lay Down With Peter (Knopf Canada, 457 pages, $34.95 cloth, ISBN: 0676973159), begins at the end of the narrator's life¨fitting for this cyclical book. The Prologue opens with Blondie, the daughter of Alice and Peter, in her garden in late May, describing the land, her garden, and her 109-year-old body as she lays herself on the warm, fragrant grass, and dies. "I'm dipping my pen into the Red River, always at the same spot.
Moncton Mantra
by Translated by Jo-Anne Elder

Guernica Editions
124 pages $15 paper
ISBN: 1550711369
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Janet French
Fiction Moncton in the 1970s was a racy place for Gerald Leblanc. Leblanc's essentially autobiographical novel Moncton Mantra (Translated by Jo-Anne Elder, Guernica Editions, 124 pages, $15.00, paper, ISBN: 1550711369) details the bumpy road of a young Acadian writer coming to be amidst obstacles aplenty. Moncton Mantra is intended to explore the identity struggle Leblanc experienced in his youth.
Another Day of Life (Vintage Intl)
by Ryszard Kapuscinski, William R. Brand, Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand

Random House
144 pages $18 paper
ISBN: 0375726292
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Gordon Phinn
Reportage The day I began to compose myself in order to write this review of Another Day of Life (Random House, $18.00, 144 pages, paper, ISBN: 0375726292), the author, Ryszard Kapuscinski's introduction reminded me that the war in Angola has been grinding on since 1975, and the Globe and Mail noted that a bomb planted on a train track by UNITA rebels had halted an express, enabling them to attack and kill approximately 252 people.
by David Rose

Black Bile Press $6 paper
ISBN: 096800976X
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Harold Hoefle
Short Stories Breadth of material and diction¨these qualities in a story collection convince you of a deft authorial hand, an ability to weave a fictive dream that takes you from world to world. In Stripe (Black Bile Press, $6
The Misadventures of Bumbleberry Finn
by Toivo Toivonen

New Orphic Publishers
201 pages $18 paper
ISBN: 0968731759
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by W. P. Kinsella


The comic novel has few practitioners and even fewer successful ones. Ernest Hekkanen of Bridge Over the Tampere Rapids and Other Finnish Stories, in his 28th book, The Misadventures of Bumbleberry Finn (New Orphic Publishers, 201pp, $18.00 paper, ISBN: 0968731759) delivers plenty of laughs along with outrageous characters and plot lines. The Bumbleberry Finn of the title is Toivo Toivonen who lives near the town of Thunderstruck on the shores of Lake Superior

The City of Yes
by Peter Oliva

McClelland & Stewart
336 pages $17.99 paper
ISBN: 077106862X
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews
by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Fiction Peter Oliva's The City of Yes (McClelland & Stewart, 336 pages, $17.99 paper, ISBN: 077106862X) is an esoteric travelogue evoking Japan in all its splendour and perplexity. Oliva's narrator is an outsider, perched in bemused authority and drawn inexorably into the shifting stream of that elusive thing Japan. As a teacher of English his first task is to dress up as Santa, roam the schools and hand out sweets
In Spite of Killer Bees
by Julie Johnston

Tundra Books
232 pages $21.99 cloth
ISBN: 0887765378
Children's Books
Children's Books
by Theo Heras
The Quade sisters drive from Sudbury to Port Desire to claim an inheritance from their paternal grandfather's estate. Demure Helen, twenty-two, is the eldest, dresses in black and is trying to hold the family together. Jeannie, in the middle, is seventeen; she has big hair and a bigger attitude. Fourteen-year-old Aggie has a shaven head, a penchant for vintage clothing and worries that her sisters will desert her. She sees everything around her as if it were a film.
Laura Secord: A Story of Courage Illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
by Janet Lunn

Tundra Books
32 pages $18.99 cloth
ISBN: 0887765386
House Calls: The True Story of Pioneer Doctor Illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber
by Ainslie Manson

Groundwood Books
56 pages $15.95 cloth
ISBN: 088899446X
Children's Books
Children's Books
by Mary Ann Cree
Canadian history is hot stuff these days and a number of publishers have produced some great books that open a window on some part of our past with explorations of Canadian greats in the fields of sports and medicine, Canada's role in World War I and Canadian "First" being among the topics explored. Two of the recent crop present fictionalized accounts of real Canadians¨one a well-know heroine, and the other a less well-known doctor who was a hero in his own quiet way.
Children's Books
Children's Books
by Jeffrey Canton
For some time now, I've been interested in the link between the books we read as children and their effect on our reading lives as adults. Why, I ask myself, does the media have such disdain for contemporary children's literature when surely it's the books that we read as children that set us seeking more and more imaginative paths as adult readers. Isn't a steady diet of great children's books just the thing for an appreciation of adult books? Writers, I've discovered, think so.

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