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Book Review: Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

From seedy hotel rooms, grimy pool halls, the brutality of reform school in the 1950’s, county jail and ultimately San Quentin prison, Hard Rain Falling is a coming-of-age story wrapped up in the existential crisis and dehumanization of protagonist Jack Levitt. It also explores class conflict, how class plays a role in criminal justice in the United States, it touches…

A visit to Montreal’s Encore Books and Records

Encore Books and Records proved to be one of the best bookstores I have visited in a long time. Located at the corner of Sherbrooke West and Harvard in Montreal, a mere fifteen minute walk from our family home in the city’s NDG neighbourhood, I arrived with a completely random request. I was looking for Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of…

A theologian’s thoughts on my book “I Have Demons”

When I arrived to my mother’s house in Montreal Friday evening, where I am spending the weekend, I found this thoughtful letter from theologian and United Church of Canada minister Douglas John Hall on my recently published book I Have Demons… As my book explores the nature of the Divine’s presence in our world and in the lives of my…

Book Review: Fascist Souls by Rezső Szirmai

We know from the revelations of the past nearly two decades that some of the men who joined the Roman Catholic priesthood were socially and emotionally maladjusted, and used their position of authority to abuse the most vulnerable in their community. There are also today a number of priests, often younger ones, who not only subscribe privately to the most…

Scripture, Authority, Tradition and Reason in Richard Hooker and the Church of England

Theologian Richard Hooker lived and wrote with the activities of those Puritans in mind, who were looking to radically reshape the Church of England. At the centre of Hooker’s study “Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity” is the relationship between Scripture, Authority and Tradition, and the role of human reason in embracing Christ’s salvific message. Hooker wrote in an era…

Of Mice and Men at the Ottawa Little Theatre

Set against the misery of the Great Depression, the Ottawa Little Theatre brought to life John Steinbeck’s story of how two men who journey together in search of work struggle to overcome a dehumanizing situation through their frustrating, yet ultimately genuine friendship. Ottawa actor J.T. Morris played George Milton poignantly and Dan DeMarbre, cast as George’s friend Lennie Small, gave…

Winter-time in the neighbourhood — Photographs from the Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area

Occasionally my line of work requires that I be in the office most of the weekend. When this happens, I try to take Monday off. My camera had been mostly gathering dust for some time now, while a combination of treacherous sidewalks and overall busyness caused me to neglect going for walks. Today was as good a day as any…

Book Review: The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

“A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors…” Those thoughts from Argentinian poet Antonio Porchia lay some of the foundations of a theological study written in 1972 by Henri Nouwen that encourages Catholic priests and other ministers to reach out to the vulnerable they serve by recognizing their own personal vulnerability. As…

A Finalist in Britain’s Wishing Shelf Book Awards

My collection of literary fiction, I Have Demons, is a finalist in the “Books for Adults (fiction)” category of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The annual competition is the brainchild of British children’s author Edward Trayer and has, over the past five years, grown to attract hundreds of English-language book submissions each year, from children’s books to adult fiction and…