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Month: June 2019

Book Review: Fragments by Jagjeet Sharma

Ottawa-based freelance author and poet Jagjeet Sharma’s newly released anthology Fragments¬†offers poetry that straddles and explores the crossroads of traditional and contemporary society, as well as East and West. Our cultural roots and memories colour how we live in the present day. Sharma’s poetry is cognizant that time forms a continuum and as such, the past bleeds into the present.…

Book Review: The Calumnist Malefesto by Benoit Chartier

Benoit Chartier, the Ottawa area author of the anthology¬†The Calumnist Malefesto, breaks the negative stereotypes often attached to self-publishing, offering readers a skillfully edited collection of engaging and atmospheric prose. Each story is unique, the themes diverse and the language varied–the latter adjusted to fit the tone of the given narrative. There is a reflective morality and spirituality that runs…

Five days in Vancouver — in Photographs

I tried to pack lots into my five days in Vancouver: a conference presentation given, a panel chaired, met up for dinner with a former high school teacher of mine from two decades ago, had a morning coffee with a former colleague from the History honours program at Concordia University, dinners, lunches and lots of travelling on the SkyTrain…All in…

Book Review: From Enemy to Friend by Amy Eilberg

Rabbi Amy Eilberg’s book, From Enemy to Friend — Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, seems especially relevant in the era of tribal politics and visceral political discourse, where ideological disagreement often leads to enmity. Drawing from the well of classical religious texts, contemporary communication theory, conflict studies and mediation, Rabbi Eilberg points to the pathways that may lead…