CAUT (Canadian Union of University Teachers) urges Royal Society to defend Canada’s heritage

The Canadian Union of University Teachers has 'presented a searing indictment of federal government policy to the expert panel appointed by the Royal Society of Canada to review the status and future of Canada's libraries and archives.'  To read about this, go to the CAUT Bulletin.  As mentioned last week, the federal government has ordered … Continue reading CAUT (Canadian Union of University Teachers) urges Royal Society to defend Canada’s heritage

New Books in Selkirk Library for January 2014

The following is a sample of some of the new books which arrived in our main branch library in Castlegar this month.  If you are at another branch of the College Library, you can get these books via placing a Hold request with your library.   Click on the book images below to go to Amazon … Continue reading New Books in Selkirk Library for January 2014

Commentary on “The Truth About Trudeau”

I was going to make a brief commentary about this book, starting with the title--any book that begins with "The Truth About...." gets my dander up.  Especially if it is a political book.  Why don't these authors ever write it as "My Truth About..."?  Do they think we will only read it or believe it … Continue reading Commentary on “The Truth About Trudeau”

Danielle Reviews Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood

I admit that I don't love everything that Margaret Atwood writes, but I really enjoyed Year of the Flood. This book is science fiction - Atwood doesn't like to be piegon-holed into a certain genre - but science fiction is what this book is. Like many dystopic, science fiction books, this one is very bleak. … Continue reading Danielle Reviews Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood

Reviews of Canada Reads’ Half Blood Blues

Checking out various reviews of Half Blood Blues, I decided that I can't write one half as well as those in the Quill and Quire  or the Globe and Mail.  Instead I have included links to a few professional reviews.  My favourite is by Donna Bailey Nurse, author of What's a Black Critic To Do?, in … Continue reading Reviews of Canada Reads’ Half Blood Blues

Is Canada’s scientific information worth keeping? What do you think?

  The above photo shows part of the collection from a federal research institute in Quebec, in a dumpster in July 2013.  According to a story on CBC.CA, "Fisheries and Oceans Canada hopes to close seven of its 11 libraries by 2015. Already, stories have emerged about books and reports thrown into dumpsters and the general … Continue reading Is Canada’s scientific information worth keeping? What do you think?

Staff Review of The Orenda by Boyden

The Orenda    by   Joseph Boyden Not having read Boyden’s first two novels, Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce, I can’t discuss how this novel fits in to the overall arc of the narrative.  What I can say is that it is a marvelous exposition of the collision of value systems in the first days … Continue reading Staff Review of The Orenda by Boyden

Annabel Canada Reads Staff Review

Annabel   by Kathleen Winter The story begins in Croydon Harbour, Newfoundland in 1968.  An intersex baby is born to Jacinta and Treadway Blake.  Treadway, being an outdoorsman and trapper, makes the decision to raise the baby as a male, and they name him Wayne.  The ensuing story of Wayne’s struggle with his identity is approached … Continue reading Annabel Canada Reads Staff Review

CANADA READS Add your own review!

The final five selections have been made, and now it is time for readers to make their own opinions known.  If you have read any of the five, feel free to post your opinion here, open to staff and students or community members.  The five books are The Orenda by Josephy Boyden, Half Blood Blues … Continue reading CANADA READS Add your own review!

Another Creative Nonfiction Writing Prize

CBC WRITES, part of CBC.CA, is sponsoring a number of writing prizes this year, and currently available is the CBC CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE.  The submission deadline is February 1, 2014.  Submit your 1200-1500 word unpublished and original work of creative nonfiction to the website and be in the running for not only a financial award … Continue reading Another Creative Nonfiction Writing Prize