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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013), Contested Migrations is now available! The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Mariam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, Maude Lapierre, J. I. Little, David Williams, and more.

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

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

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

Voix plurielles

by Shrilata Ravi

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

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

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

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

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

“Language to Live By”

by Tiffany Johnstone

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse by Catherine Owen
  2. How Poetry Saved my Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn

Indigenous Feminisms

by June Scudeler

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada by Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie J. Korinek
  2. Tombs of the Vanishing Indian by Marie Clements

Dreams of Empire

by Barbara Belyea

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Pierre-Esprit Radisson: The Collected Writings, Volume 1: The Voyages by Germaine Warkentin
  2. Ponteach, or the Savages of America: A Tragedy by Robert Rogers and Tiffany Potter

Le nœud de la guerre

by Anne-Marie David

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Printemps spécial by Collectif d’auteurs and Toma Iczkovits

Poésie et francophonie

by Julia Hains

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Langages poétiques et poésie francophone en Amérique du Nord by Léila L.M. Young

Reading Magpie—Patrick Lane

by Louise Bernice Halfe

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett

Writing Wars

by Joel Baetz

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities by Sherrill Grace, Patrick Imbert, and Tiffany Johnstone

Marshalling a Humanist McLuhan

by Dan Adleman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Marshall McLuhan’s Mosaic by Elena Lamberti

The Limits of Healing

by Christina Turner

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Healing Histories: Stories from Canada's Indian Hospitals by Laurie Meijer Drees
  2. Misty Lake by Dale Lakevold and Darrell Racine
  3. They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival in an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars

Wayman in Winter

by Owen Percy

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dirty Snow by Tom Wayman
  2. Winter’s Skin by Tom Wayman

Reconciliation at the Kitchen Table

by David Gaertner

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and their Descendants by Linda Goyette, Nellie Carlson, and Kathleen Steinhauer
  2. Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress by Pauline Wakeham and Jennifer Henderson

The Thin Gender Line

by Lourdes Arciniega

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre
  2. The Book of Esther by Leanna Brodie

There’s No Escape

by Karen Charleson

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Given by Susan Musgrave
  2. Rupert’s Land by Meredith Quartermain

Trajectories in Feminism

by Sally Mennill

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Through Feminist Eyes: Essays on Canadian Women’s History by Joan Sangster
  2. Writing the Revolution by Michele Landsberg

Another Notable Insomniac in the World of Literature

by Birna Bjarnadóttir

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Wakeful Nights—Stephan G. Stephansson: Icelandic–Canadian Poet by Viðar Hreinsson

Town and Frown

by Timothy Dugdale

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis
  2. The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason

A Sound Withheld

by Paul Watkins

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Fermata by Dennison Smith
  2. Trobairitz by Catherine Owen

Solitude and Pastorals

by Alexis Foo

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. All this Could be Yours by Joshua Trotter
  2. Tilt by E. Blagrave

The Virile Pen

by Valerie Valerie

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Travels and Tales of Miriam Ellis Green: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West by Patricia Demers

Back to the Epicentre

by Niall McArdle

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Return by Dany Laferrière and David Homel
  2. The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake by Dany Laferrière and David Homel

Notebook Narratives

by Philip Miletic

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People by Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu
  2. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

On Anthologies

by Robert Zacharias

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Keepers of the Code: English-Canadian Literary Anthologies and the Representation of Nation by Robert Lecker
  2. The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2012 by David O’Meara

Poésie et francophonie

by Julia Hains

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Langages poétiques et poésie francophone en Amérique du Nord by Léila L. M. Young

Undisciplining CanLit

by Brendan McCormack

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace by Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli
  2. Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Study by Robert Zacharias and Smaro Kamboureli

The Book of Negroes

by Maureen Moynagh

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities by Ruth Holmes Whitehead
  2. Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning by Lawrence Hill
  3. The Past is Present: The African-Canadian Experience in Lawrence Hill’s Fiction by Christian J. Krampe

Stories as Bagijiganan

by June Scudeler

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jill Doerfler, and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

Body and Soul

by Shelley Scott

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Drama: Pilot Episode by Karen Hines
  2. It is Solved by Walking by Catherine Banks
  3. Leave of Absence by Lucia Frangione


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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