In Review: The Week of July 6th

July 11, 2020

This week in news that isn't about that open letter, we recommend books for food lovers this Culinary Arts Month, gab about our July #ALUbookclub pick, share new poetry from Kevin Spenst, marvel at some nerdy engineering, and more.

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~ Read This, Then That: We compare Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah's Homes (Freehand Books) and Endre Farkas's Never, Again (Signature Editions), two stories of violence, danger, and religious persecution told through a child's experience with war, displacement, and refuge in Canada. 

~ #ALUbookclub: We share the highlights from our staff discussion on our July book club pick, Shani Mootoo's Polar Vortex (Book*hug Press). 

~ Poetry in Motion: Kevin Spenst brings us his newest poetry collection Hearts Amok (Anvil Press), the third in a trilogy that explores how our hearts are shaped: "From Dante and the English sonneteer, Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey, to malls, arcade video games, movies, and heavy metal, Spenst grafts the twists and turns of language onto a chronological account of the loves of his life."

~ Culinary Arts Month: We whipped up a list of five books about food that are perfect for food obsessives 






Around the Web


~ In smart decisions:  The Frankfurt Book Fair postpones Canada's Guest of Honour role until 2021.

~ In childhood nostalgia: The Netflix gods bring us The Baby-Sitters Club to the screen in a new series

~ In sure-why-not?: A group of engineering students at Rochester Institute of Technology created a replica of a never-built Renaissance book-reading wheel




ICYMI (last week) 

ALU Summer Reads 2020: Staff Picks


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Equally sizzling to this July heat are five ALU staff book picks for reading in this socially distanced summer. Check out what we're pairing with our sunscreen this summer! 





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