The Modern Self is a Reader Self: In Conversation with Bertrand Laverdure and Oana Avasilichioaei

Bertrand Laverdure’s novel, Readopolis, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei, playfully examines the idea that human beings are more connected by their reading abilities than by anything else. Originally published in French as Lectodôme (Le Quartanier, 2008), the novel was critically-acclaimed and was a finalist for the 2009 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault. A review in Le Devoir

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Feature Friday: Charm by Christine McNair

A charm can protect, inflict or influence. For this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we’re pleased to bring you an excerpt from Charm, the second poetry collection by Ottawa poet Christine McNair. In Charm, McNair considers the craftwork of conception from a variety of viewpoints—from pregnancy and motherhood, to how an orchid is pollinated, to overcoming abusive relationships,

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Feature Friday: Bridge Retakes by Angela Lopes

For this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we introduce you to Bridge Retakes, the debut novel by Winnipeg-based writer Angela Lopes. In it, Ze, a Bahian man, and Phila, a Brazilian-Canadian woman, meet on an online dating site. They come from very different worlds—geographically, economically, religiously—and yet, their connection is undeniable. But all the while, issues

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