Journalists Nahlah Ayed and Kamal Al-Solaylee publish culturally informed memoirs criticizing the rise of political Islam in their ancestral homelands
Seven new titles of note
In Taras Grescoe’s Straphanger, pitched battles over transit are about where and how we want to live
With his parody of children’s books, Highly Inapproriate Tales for Young People, Douglas Coupland joins his Gen X peers, revelling in nostalgia. Isn’t it time to grow up?
The Cannibal Spirit joins a long tradition of flesh-eating literature set in Canada
In his new young adult novel, Idaho Winter, Tony Burgess unleashes his trademark gore and gross-out humour on the kids
How Mordecai Richler taught a generation of writers to think big
Eight new titles of note
What will happen when computers become smarter than people?
A new wave of crime writers are exploring the darkest corners of Canadian society
Stuart McLean’s kind-hearted universe
Bestselling children’s author Robert Munsch faces a crisis
Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Atwood published her Big Book. What should we make of what she’s done since?
Dany Laferrière once yearned to be well known. Some twenty books later, he’d rather be widely read
As the World Cup arrives, South African authors are finding new ways to document their country’s biggest city
Yann Martel and the Holocaust novel
Seven new spring books
Two recent novels illuminate immigrants’ different experiences in English and French Canada
Will the promise of the Northwest Passage finally be realized?
Kelley Armstrong celebrates the animal within
Coming to terms with Marie-Claire Blais
Hugh MacLennan’s bestseller The Watch That Ends the Night turns fifty
Cartoonist and designer Seth emerges as comics’ premier historian
After sixty years, Harlequin Romance books are still enslaving readers. What’s their secret?
In a new biography series, Canada is reimagined
as a liberal Protestant nation
The nineteenth-century naturalist gets emotional
In the age of the global citizen, travel literature is in crisis
Can we hope to find the right leader for the times?
For a new generation of Quebec writers, sex is about everything but pleasure
Religion remains a powerful force, according to Charles Taylor
Plundering Eastern religions for enlightenment and profit
Gabriel García Márquez’s sumptuous and tragic vision of the modern world
Two new books ask, “Are we still in the same world?”
Are Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal finally bidding adieu?
Is it time to rethink our view of Jane Jacobs as a visionary?
Three atheists argue for reason in the face of faith
US writers keep mining our stuff-packed, consumerist world. Why do Canadians prefer to keep things tidy?
After a bloody twentieth century, the continent may now be ready to come to terms with its dark history
Is abstinence as deadly a sin as excess?
Can Thomas Homer-Dixon’s “prospective mind” help us thrive after global crises?
Climate change vs. civilization
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Caustic, excessive, self-loathing French author Michel Houellebecq skewers Western civilization
Once pure fantasy, the comic book has become
a powerful way of portraying reality
Hymns to the unknown city beneath our feet
Three journalists watch the gears of history work in real time
Commercial concupiscence consumes global culture
A searing portrait of the Great Helmsman
Why the United States needs opinionated loudmouths
Was it Colonel Bush in the kitchen with a gun? Mr. Nike in the Gym with a blunt instrument? Sir Ralston Saul in his study with a sharp pencil?
How Hollywood seduced the world, then ate it.
Tariq Ali’s Islam Quintet paints a softer face on the historical interactions between Muslims and the West
Turkey’s most famous writer evokes his country’s schizophrenic past and its struggle with Islam’s place in day-to-day life.
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Both picture books and young readers seem to be disappearing as a new target market takes shape
Cervantes’ man of la Mancha rides again
Bombay, Tehran, and Prague, in all their madness and excess, refuse to conform to Western notions of the modern city
Hockey literature takes a bodycheck
The self-help sex book, like its first readers, has crossed middle age. With Viagra, both get a little lift
Is an increasingly powerful public relations industry controlling the news?
We need more book critics who are fearless – though that alone won’t do
Colin McAdams’s tale bring Can Lit out of the dark
Two conservatives reconsider the president who saved capitalism – and created the American welfare state
The Rwandan genocide retold
Reports from a Revolution