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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013) is now available. The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Miriam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, and others, as well as new poetry & book 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.

"she was owed a party . . ."

by Alexandra Gilbert

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. West of Wawa by Lisa de Nikolits

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

Pathos and Presence

by Michelle La Flamme

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. A Difficult Beauty by David Groulx

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

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

How Free is Free?

by Nanette Norris

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Silver by Pablo Urbanyi
  2. The Free World by David Bezmozgis

Striking a Balance

by Jodi Lundgren

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. After the Red Night by Sheila Fischman and Christiane Frenette
  2. The Big Dream: Stories by Rebecca Rosenblum
  3. This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories by Johanna Skibsrud

Messages et bouteilles

by Ben Huberman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Écrire au pape et au Père Noël : Cabinet de curiosités épistolaires by Benoît Melançon

Apprendre à (s’)écrire

by Fanie St-Laurent

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Je voudrais bien être un homme : Correspondance inédite entre Simone Routier et Harry Bernard by Guy Gaudreau and Micheline Tremblay

Sur la terre comme au ciel, l’Acadie ?

by Thierry Sauzeau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. L’Acadie des origines by Jean Morency, James de Finney, and Hélène Destrempes

Dans la nuit du poème

by Jean-Noël Pontbriand

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dans la nuit du poème by Jacques Brault

Breathing Fire into Life

by Katie Mullins

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Blue Dragon by Robert Lepage, Marie Michaud, and Fred Jourdain

Momentous Gap on Quebec’s Literary Map

by Judit Molnár

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Writing in the Time of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes to Blue Metropolis by Linda Leith

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

Death and Transcendence

by Justin Shaw

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Reliving Charlie by Dean Serravalle
  2. Snowmen by Mark Sedore
  3. The Bottle Collector by Tom Managhan

New Translations for a New Body of Women’s Writing

by Kailin Wright

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation: Volume III (1997-2009) by Louise H. Forsyth

Mottled Motherhood

by Micheline Besner

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. A Large Harmonium by Sue Sorensen
  2. In the Field by Claire Tacon
  3. Kalila by Rosemary Nixon

Vancouver nostalgique

by Nicolas Kenny

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. At the World’s Edge: Curt Lang’s Vancouver, 1937-1998 by Claudia Cornwall
  2. The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver by Chuck Davis
  3. Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960 by John Belshaw and Diane Purvey

Return of The Golden Dog

by Cynthia Sugars

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Le Chien d’or/The Golden Dog: A Legend of Quebec by William Kirby and Mary Jane Edwards

The Remains of Identity

by Guy Beauregard

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture by Rey Chow
  2. The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature by Christopher Lee

Shave the Milk Mustache

by Crystal Hurdle

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. A Matter of Life and Death or Something by Ben Stephenson
  2. A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
  3. One in Every Crowd: Stories by Ivan E. Coyote


by Jeffrey Donaldson

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Necessity of Opposites: The Dialectical Thinking of Northrop Frye by Brian Russel Graham
  2. Remembering Northrop Frye: Recollections by His Students and Others in the 1940s and 1950s by Robert D. Denman

At Home and Abroad

by Mark Diotte

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Come from Afar by Gayla Reid
  2. Is it Just?: A Classic Feminist Novel by Minnie Smith
  3. The Time We All Went Marching by Arley McNeney

Enfant du XXe siècle

by Adina Balint-Babos

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. L'homme blanc by Perrine Leblanc

Plays for Acadian Youth

by Jane Moss

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Pierre, Hélène et Michael suivi de Cap enragé by Herménégilde Chiasson

Modern Realism Rethought

by Marc André Fortin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Modern Realism in English-Canadian Fiction by Colin Hill

Crime Pays

by Joel Martineau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton
  2. The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton
  3. The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton
  4. The Wild Beasts of Wuhan by Ian Hamilton

Location, Location

by Julie Cairnie

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

Dubois on Frye

by Brian Russell Graham

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Northrop Frye in Context by Diane Dubois

The Toxicity of Violence

by Joel Martineau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre

Le corps du Christ

by Julia Hains

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

Enabling Emotion

by Veronique Dorais Ram

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. (In)Visible Images: Seeing Disability in Canadian Literature, 1823-1974 by Maria Truchan-Tataryn
  2. The Passionate Muse: Exploring Emotion in Stories by Keith Oatley

Euphorie hivernale

by Benoit Bordeleau

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

Carnet de voyage

by Charles Dionne

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Huit sorties by Gilles Cyr

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

A Quintessence of Poetry

by Travis V. Mason

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. A Walker in the City by Méira Cook
  2. dear Hermes... by Michelle Smith
  3. Killdeer by Phil Hall
  4. The Mommiad by Sky Gilbert
  5. Whiteout by George Murray

Battle in the Woods

by Lisa Szabo-Jones

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill
  2. This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge by Mark Leiren-Young and Tzeporah Berman


by Erin Wunker

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Bent at the Spine by Nicole Markotić
  2. Match by Helen Guri

Land, Identity, Community

by Jasmine Johnston

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Indigeneity by Pamela D. Palmater
  2. Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts by Bruce Granville Miller
  3. The Strength of Women: Âhkamêyimowak by Priscilla Settee

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

Un traditionaliste en avance

by Réjean Beaudoin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Un moderne à rebours: Biographie intellectuelle et artistique de Pierre Vadeboncœur by Jonathan Livernois

Le français en question

by Chantal Phan

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. L’Introuvable unité du français: Contacts et variations linguistiques en Europe et en Amérique (XIIe-XVIIIe siècle) by Serge Lusignan, France Martineau, Yves Charles Morin, and Paul Cohen

Remembering CanStudies

by Martin Kuester

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis by Christl Verduyn and Jane Koustas
  2. Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History by Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins

Looking for Happiness

by Maria Noëlle Ng

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Extensions by Myrna Dey
  2. The Year of Broken Glass by Joe Denham

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

Peindre l’instant, écrire le réel

by Molleen Shilliday

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. De Kooning malgré lui by Michaël La Chance

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

Diaspora at Home

by Dina Al-Kassim

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Adrift by Loren Edizel
  2. Echoes from the Other Land by Ava Homa
  3. Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy

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

Thoughtful Generosity

by Duffy Roberts

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dancing, with Mirrors by George Amabile
  2. We, Beasts by Oana Avasilichioaei
  3. YVR by W. H. New

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

Comparative Cultural Policy

by Jonathan Paquette

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Les Politiques culturelles provinciales et territoriales du Canada: Origines, évolutions et mises en œuvre by Monica Gattinger and Diane Saint-Pierre

Réussir sa mayonnaise

by Joël Castonguay-Bélanger

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Mayonnaise by Éric Plamondon

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

Reflets fictionnels, questions interculturelles

by Nicolas Beauclair

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

Indigena Awry

by Lorraine Weir

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Indigena Awry by Marie (Annharte) Baker


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

            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

            CanLit in the Americas

            by Debra Dudek

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations by Winfried Siemerling and Sarah Philips Casteel
            2. The New North American Studies: Culture, Writing and the Politics of Re/Cognition by Winfried Siemerling

            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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