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Current Issue: #218 Of Borders and Bioregions (Autumn 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 218 (Autumn 2013), Of Borders and Bioregions is now available. Guest edited by Anne Kaufman and Robert Thacker, the issue features articles by Tamas Dobozy, Laurie Ricou, Lisa Szabo-Jones, Magali Sperling Beck, and more.

Upcoming reviews

New book reviews are posted here as soon as they become available. Please note that there may be editing changes between their appearance in this section and their appearance in the print journal.

French Canadian Lives

by Jeanne Perreault

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Talon by Paulette Dubé


by Antje M. Rauwerda

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Invoking the Moon: Selected Poems (1975-1989) by Mona Fertig
  2. Torch River by Elizabeth Philips

First Contacts

by Sophie McCall

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Myth and Memory: Stories of Indigenous-European Contact by John Sutton Lutz

Poémes de l'Origine

by Stéphane Girard

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Tant de Vie s'égare by Andrée Lacelle

Face à l'autre

by Jean-Pierre Thomas

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Les fossoyeurs by André Lamontagne
  2. Ru by Kim Thúy

Faire son chemin parmi les ombres

by Ariane Audet

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Marcher pieds nus sur nos disparitions by Lyne Richard

Test review: Subtitle

by Matthew Gruman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Test book by Matthew Gruman

Girlhoods of Difference

by Margaret Steffler

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. And Me Among Them by Kristen den Hartog
  2. House of Spells by Robert Pepper-Smith
  3. The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield

La littérature québécoise, versant mâle

by Benoît Trudel

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Au-delà du nom : La question du père dans la littérature québécoise actuelle by Lori Saint-Martin
  2. Être ou ne pas être un homme : La masculinité dans le roman québécois by Victor-Laurent Tremblay

The Shape of Our Times

by Stephen Dunning

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Fanatics by William Bell
  2. Ghost Moon by John Wilson
  3. The Edge of When by Carol Matas

Location, Location

by Julie Cairnie

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Gas Girls by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
  2. Jewels and Other Stories by Dawn Promislow

Le corps du Christ

by Julia Hains

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Le Christ obèse by Larry Tremblay

Euphorie hivernale

by Benoit Bordeleau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Un parisien au pays des pingouins by Stéphane Ledien

Post-Abyssal Thinking

by Élise Couture-Grondin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Ghost Dancing with Colonialism: Decolonization and Indigenous Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada by Grace Li Xiu Woo
  2. Storied Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community by Hester Lessard, Rebecca Johnson, and Jeremy Webber

Copyright and Canadian Publishing

by Sara Bannerman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade 1867-1918 by Eli MacLaren

Occupying Change

by Julie L. MacArthur

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dispatches from the Occupation: A History of Change by Stephen Collis

Histories of Girlhood

by Hannah McGregor

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Goodtime Girl by Tess Fragoulis
  2. The Western Light by Susan Swan

Of Love, War, and Stories

by Maude Lapierre

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Emperor of Paris by C. S. Richardson
  2. Thirst by Shree Ghatage

Le Canada anglais

by Gillian Lane-Mercier

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. La Canada anglais de Jacques Ferron (1960-1970): Formes, fonctions et représentations by Susan Margaret Murphy


by Vincent Bouchard

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires de l’Acadie des Maritimes du XXe siècle by Janine Gallant and Maurice Raymond

Évocations de l'absence

by Philippe Archambault

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. La Légende des anonymes et autres promenades by Jéremie Leduc-Leblanc

Le Canada francophone à la portée des étudiants

by Françoise Le Jeune

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Introduction aux études canadiennes: Histoires, identités, cultures by Colin M. Coates and Geoffrey Ewen

National Cosmopolitanism

by Emily Johansen

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Canada and the World by Will Kymlicka and Kathryn Walker

Shifting Cadences

by Ranbir K. Banwait

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran
  2. language is not the only thing that breaks by Proma Tagore
  3. Lover Through Departure: New and Selected Poems by Rishma Dunlop
  4. White Album by Rishma Dunlop and Suzanne Northcott

Restless Pages

by Kevin McNeilly

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Distillō by Basma Kavanagh
  2. Form of Forms by Mark Goldstein
  3. Medallions of Belief by Fred Wah
  4. Methodist Hatchet by Ken Babstock
  5. restless white fields by Barbara Langhorst

Secret Lives of Letters

by Melissa Dalgeish

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Conflict by Christine McNair
  2. IKMQ by Roger Farr
  3. Repeater by Andrew McEwan
  4. The Qwerty Institute: Annual Report by Angela Szczepaniak

Women, Work, and War

by Jan Lermitte

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland During the First World War by Sarah Glassford and Amy Shaw

Sommation à voir le jour

by Anne-Claire Marpeau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Burqa de chair by Nelly Arcan

Eastern Promises

by Lee Frew

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Kin by Lesley Crewe
  2. New Under the Sun by Kevin Major
  3. The Rest Is Silence by Scott Fotheringham

Voyage au Kanyada

by Vincent Desroches

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. La Tribu de Sangwa by Melchior Mbonimpa

Le cœur de l'éloquence

by Sébastien Drouin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Entretiens sur l’éloquence et la littérature de Joseph-Sabin Raymond : Édition critique by Marc André Bernier and Marie Lise Laquerre

Reflets fictionnels, questions interculturelles

by Nicolas Beauclair

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Le Silence obscène des miroirs by Daniel Castillo Durante

Swimming with Feminists

by Kathryn Barnwell

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Not Drowning but Waving: Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts by Jeanne Perreault, Susan Brown, Jo-ann Wallace, and Heather Zwicker

The Art of Losing

by Lorraine York

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Life Is About Losing Everything by Lynn Crosbie
  2. Mad Hope by Heather Birrell
  3. Malarky by Anakana Schofield

Olson Happens

by Clint Burnham

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Muthologos: Lectures and Interviews by Charles Olson and Ralph Maud
  2. When TISH Happens: The Unlikely Story of Canada's "Most Influential Literary Magazine" by Frank Davey

Performance & Precarity

by Gillian Dunks

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad
  2. Mai at the Predators’ Ball by Marie Claire Blais

Future Futurist

by Ella Ophir

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven by Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo

Voix plurielles

by Edward Dickinson Blodgett

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Invention à cinq voix: Une histoire de l'histoire littéraire au Canada by Edward Dickinson Blodgett

Archives Matter

by Cristina Ivanovici

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Exploring Canadian Women's Archives by Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl

Lives of Boys and Men

by Shawn Syms

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. My Life among the Apes by Cary Fagan
  2. Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy
  3. Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky

Disentangling Narratives

by Dorothy F. Lane

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Magic of Saida by M. G. Vassanji
  2. The Selector of Souls by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Archéologie des lettres québécoises

by Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Histoires littéraires des Canadiens au XVIIIe siècle by Bernard Andrès

Word Alchemy

by Gabrielle Lim

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. How Happy Became Homosexual: And Other Mysterious Semantic Shifts by Howard Richler

Neither Broken nor Hidden

by Sarah Henzi

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Broken but not Dead by Joylene Nowell Butler
  2. Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume II by Daniel J. K. Beavon, Cora J. Voyageur, and David R. Newhouse
  3. The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book: From the WTO to the G20 by Gord Hill

Comic Timing

by Beverley Haun

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Comics Versus Art by Bart Beaty
  2. Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature by Glann Willmott

The Presence of Absence

by Graeme Northcote

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Coming Attractions 10 by Mark Anthony Jarman
  2. Mystery Stories by David Helwig
  3. The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise

Grandbois méconnu

by Michel Biron

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Alain Grandbois est-il un écrivain québécois? : quelques réflexions sur notre littérature à partir des Voyages de Marco Polo by Patrick Moreau

Framing Violence

by Norman Ravvin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Puppet by Eva Wiseman
  2. Rachel’s Secret by Shelly Sanders
  3. Restitution: A Family’s Fight for Their Heritage Lost in the Holocaust by Kathy Kacer

Uncovering a Poet

by Rebecca Margolis

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954): un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu by Pierre Anctil

Kroetsch and Bakhtin

by Joel Deshaye

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Carnival World of Robert Kroetsch by B. Hariharan

Indigenous Identities

by Nancy Van Styvendale

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand by Paula Anca Farca

Crossing Race and Nation

by Mary Chapman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model by Winnifred Eaton and Karen H. Skinazi

Indigenous Storytelling

by Nancy Van Styvendale

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Kappianaqtut: Strange Creatures and Fantastic Beings From Inuit Myths and Legends, Volume 1: Giants and the Mother of the Sea Mammals, Second Edition by Neil Christopher
  2. Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine by Kim Anderson
  3. The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols and Modern Storytelling by Eden Robinson

Remapping Chineseness

by Guy Beauregard

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Chinese Blue by Weyman Chan
  2. Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada by Lily Cho
  3. Miah by Julia Lin

Our Home on Native Land

by Mareike Neuhaus

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Creative Subversions: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary by Margot Francis
  2. Godless but Loyal to Heaven: Stories by Richard Van Camp
  3. Two Trails Narrow: A Novel by Stephen McGregor

Indigena Awry

by Lorraine Weir

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Indigena Awry by

Reading for the Birds

by Tina Northrup

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Ornithologies of Desire: Ecocritical Essays, Avian Poetics, and Don McKay by Travis V. Mason

Profession conteur

by Angela Buono

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Le conteur by Hédi Bouraoui

Panicked Laments

by David Leahy

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Mahler’s Lament by Deborah Kirshner
  2. The Panic Button by Koom Kankesan

Comme un roman

by Jorge Calderón

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Journal d’un écrivain en pyjama by Dany Laferrière

Love Narratives

by Susanne Goodison

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  2. The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphreys

Words, Places, Silences

by Lorraine York

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Finding the Words: Writers on Inspiration, Desire, War, Celebrity, Exile, and Breaking the Rules by Jared Bland

Composing Identity

by Robert Zacharias

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War by Hans Werner
  2. The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration by Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Indexing Frye

by Graham N. Forst

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Index to the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, Vol. 30 by Jean O'Grady

Canada in Eight Tongues

by Robert Schwartzwald

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Canada in Eight Tongues: Translating Canada in Central Europe / Le Canada en huit langues : Traduire le Canada en Europe centrale by Katalin Kurtosi

Troubled Legacies: The Map and the Canoe

by Marlene Goldman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism by Misao Dean
  2. Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nation by Mishuana Goeman


by Mike Borkent

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier
  2. hungree throat by bill bissett
  3. Sweet Assorted: 121 Takes from a Tin Box by Jim Christy

Critiquing Nostalgia

by Linda M. Morra

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Girls of Piazza D'Amore by Connie Guzzo-McParland

Working for the Weekend

by Michael Stewart

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Jack Layton: Art in Action by Penn Kemp
  2. Writing Unemployment: Worklessness, Mobility, and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Literatures by Jody Mason

Artful Poet-Criticism

by Laura Cameron

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Lazy Bastardism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Poetry by Carmine Starnino
  2. You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada by James Pollock

Canada's Lagos?

by Stephen Ney

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. 419 by Will Ferguson


by W. H. New

Book(s) reviewed:

    Metafictional Historical Novels

    by Nora Tunkel

    Book(s) reviewed:
    1. History in the Making: Metafiktion im neueren anglokanadischen historischen Roman by Gordon Bölling

    Small Presses

    by George Woodcock

    Book(s) reviewed:


      by George Woodcock

      Book(s) reviewed:

        Back in That Skin Again

        by Joel Martineau

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. The Macken Charm by Jack Hodgins

        Au-delà de l'hommage

        by Dominique Perron

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Actes du colloque international "Gabrielle Roy" by André Fauchon

        Found in Translation

        by Katharine Conley

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Paris Québec by Stephen Scobie, Marie Vautier, and Claudine Bertrand

        Dispelling the Shadows

        by Susan Gingell

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Dipped in Shadow by Claire Harris
        2. Fables from the Women's Quarters by Claire Harris
        3. The Conception of Winter by Claire Harris


        by George Woodcock

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. A Trust Betrayed: The Keegsta Affair by David Berguson and Douglas Wertheimer


        by George Woodcock

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. A Trust Betrayed: The Keegsta Affair by David Berguson and Douglas Wertheimer


        by Laurie Ricou

        Book(s) reviewed:

          Journey to the Inner Self

          by Stefan Haag

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. An der Grenze: Reise nach Quyta Wissenschaftlicher by Helmut Markus

          Charting Indigenous Pasts and Futures

          by Keavy Martin

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Lines Drawn upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands by Karl S. Hele
          2. Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation by Marie Wadden

          La polysémie de l'altérité

          by Jorge Calderón

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Altérité et insularité: Relations croisées dans les cultures francophone by Alessandra Ferraro
          2. L'Autre en mémoire by Dominique Laporte


          by W. H. New

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Contemporaire La Poésie Québécoise by Jean Royer

          Reference: 160

          by W. H. New

          Book(s) reviewed:

            Varied Voices

            by Darlene Shatford

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Shall: Ghazals by Catherine Owen
            2. The Octopus and Other Poems by Jennica Harper
            3. The Refrigerator Memory by Shannon Bramer

            Une femme de son temps

            by Mélanie Collado

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Louise Dupré: Le Québec au féminin by Anne-Marie Jézéquel

            Women Writing Women

            by A. Mary Murphy

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
            2. Literary Sisterhoods: Imagining Women Artists by Deborah Heller

            Mythical Worlds

            by Gordon Bölling

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
            2. Touch by Alexi Zentner

            De l'espace et du temps

            by Emmanuel Bouchard

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. L'étincelle suffit à la constellation by René Laubiès, Frédèric Benrath, Julius Baltazar, and Guy Cloutier
            2. La Grande Sortie by Pierre Raphaël Pelletier
            3. Sur le parvis des nuages by Marcil Cossette

            Cool Water May Just Break Your Heart

            by Lindy Ledohowski

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Cool Water by Dianne Warren


            by George Woodcock

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Piling Blood by Al Purdy

            Plain Talk and New Idioms

            by Glenn Deer

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Defying New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression by Eckhard Breitinger
            2. The Emperor's New Clothes: Literature, Literacy and the Ideology of Style by Kathryn T. Flannery

            Four Québec Novel(la)s

            by Dean J. Irvine

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Badass on a Softail by T. F. Rigelhof
            2. Impala by Daniel Sloate and Carole David
            3. Maude by Suzanne Jacob and Luise von Flowtow
            4. Stained Glass by Concetta Principe


            by George Woodcock

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. A New Endeavor: Selected Political Essays, Letters, and Addresses by Michiel Horne

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