In Review: The Week of November 14th

November 19, 2016

As you'll soon see, we're not over the election – we won't be over it as long as terrible things keep happening. See how that and other literary happenings played out this week.

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On the Blog

 

~ We learned how this little porcelain rhino inspired Kate Sutherland's fantastic debut poetry collectionHow to Draw a Rhinoceros (BookThug).

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~ The Woods (Nightwood Editions), a memoir by Amber McMillan about her family's move to the wee community of Protection Island, was our Where in Canada feature this week.

~ We still couldn't shake out post-election, post-Cohen, post-decency blues, so we made a list of amazing books that are the antithesis to terrible-ness. They'll be getting us through the rest of 2016 (and may take us through to '17, too).

 

Around the Web

 

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~ Our list was inspired by LitHub's 25 works of Poetry and Fiction for Anger and Action, who once again kill it with post-election literary coverage.

~ Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for The Underground Railroad, signalling that the right people can win some contests (Colson Whitehead 2020?).

~ Bob Dylan says he's too busy to pick up an award that would be the pinnacle of any writer's career.

 

What Else We're Reading

 

It's been hard to miss the increasingly entrenched "CanLit Civil War" that's been going on as the result of a handful of writers releasing an open letter to UBC regarding Steven Galloway's dismissal. To stay out of something that's probably going to make us disillusioned (and we barely have any illusions left), we're going with the "civil war" bent and re-reading Natalie Zina Walschots'  Doom: Love Poems for Supervillains (Insomniac Press) this weekend.

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