Thursday, February 25, 2016

Four books + lion dance ornament.

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For tomorrow's books column on Dahlia Kurtz' program on CJOB, I plan to talk about these four books:

The Evolution of Alice by David Alexander Robertson (Highwater Press)
Shopping Cart Pantheism by Jeanne Randolph (ARP Books)
Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston (Harvard University Press)
A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (University of Manitoba Press)

Or, put another way, one novel and three non-fiction books. Four Winnipeg presses and one based in Cambridge, publishing books by two Winnipeggers, one non-resident, and a multi-author government report.

Speaking of which, Shelagh Rogers just blurbed A Knock on the Door:

 "A Knock on the Door is a book that I hope every Canadian will read, and read deeply. The transformation of this country begins with acknowledging what happened after that knock on the door. Acknowledging, understanding the implications, and then resolving to do something for positive change. It's right that the TRC Calls to Action are included, for we are all called to action."—Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Honorary Witness to the work of the TRC.

The segment is part of a monthly books column I'm doing, which so far is great fun. You can listen live or check it out after-the-fact here, by selecting February 26 and 2 pm.

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