Category: Reviews

Featured Reviews of “Wisdom in Nonsense”

“[Heather O’Neill’s] father shared hard-earned wisdom culled from early years as a petty criminal through to his work as a kind of philosopher-janitor. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm for dispensing life advice was in direct opposition to its practical application. But it certainly makes for good reading…. [This] collection, like all of her work, is filled with […]

Featured Reviews of “Tar Wars”

“Alberta for generations was famous for mountains, rodeos, Mormonism, football, Ukrainian culture, meatpacking and Social Credit. Say ‘Alberta’ today and any focus group replies, ‘oil’. That’s no accident, writes Prof. Geo Takach of Royal Roads University. From the 1947 oil strike at Leduc Number One, ‘resource extraction became heroic’. Alberta’s very identity was intertwined with oil […]

Featured Reviews of "Little Wildheart"

“In Little Wildheart, Micheline Maylor writes poems that chart the vagaries of love, its cycles of loss and renewal, followed by a realization about the joy and freedom in reinhabiting the self without outside commitment…. Maylor draws images from an elementary and animal world to reflect the psyche and its spiritual progress. Allusive and elusive, […]

Featured Reviews of "Farm Workers in Western Canada"

“The book’s subtitle — Injustices and Activism — captures the two main themes it explores: thehorrible exploitation that many farm workers endure, and the efforts they and their supporters have made to organize for reforms. This book represents a compelling argument that those of us who depend on the life-supporting work done by Canadians and temporary […]

Featured Reviews and Awards of "Rising Abruptly"

“The seven quirky stories in Gisèle Villeneuve’s new collection, Rising Abruptly,all have mountains at their heart…. The characters’ relationship with mountains evolves throughout the stories, creating an arc that models a romantic relationship: infatuation, the conflict between independence and commitment, and the acceptance of love coupled with death. Rising Abruptly is a literary ode to […]

Featured Reviews of “Nuala: A Fable”

“… Beach’s spare, poetic prose swept me away from the present world of mad dictators into a magical timeless realm like the sweet books of my childhood. I was transported and found myself rationing each page near the end, because I did not want to leave Beach’s fictional world. Highly recommended, even if you don’t like […]

Featured Reviews of “Trudeau’s Tango”

“…Darryl Raymaker, has recently written an excellent book about Alberta and the Trudeaus, calledTrudeau’s Tango. In his compendious book, Raymaker reminds everyone that the Trudeau name has always been controversial in Alberta—but respected, too. The Trudeau name gave ‘Alberta Liberals hope,’ Raymaker writes. The father, then—like the son, now—’was a man for his time—new, youthful, […]

Featured Reviews of “Sleeping in Tall Grass”

“Sleeping in Tall Grass is an outstanding first poetry collection…. In the opening long poem, ‘Nowhere in Sight,’ Therrien uses the physical experience of walking across the prairie as a metaphor for poetry while a walking rhythm sparks spiritual insight…. Sleeping in Tall Grass is a wise book, erudite and philosophical at times but foremost […]