CanLit challenge looks to make Canadian history an open book

How long would you need to read 150 pieces of Canadian literature? If you’re a student in Ms. Pearman-Smith’s Grade 5 class at St. Brigid Catholic School, the answer is: not long. The class was the first to complete Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s Canada 150 Literacy Challenge, which is encouraging classrooms in the riding […]

Beach Books in review

“Confessions of the Hairstylist” Anastasia Kravtsova 79 pages 10-10-10 Publishing It’s fun to step into the life of Beach hairstylist and personality Anastasia Kravtsova. With a zest for self-promotion, her social media channels are filled with bubbly videos and warm posts about clients and friends – and, recently, photos and updates about her latest endeavour, […]

ECW Press bucking the trends in publishing industry

For local book publisher Jack David, success isn’t about toasting 40 years of ECW Press. It’s not about Giller Prize nods, the LA Times bestsellers list, or even knocking a wall out to expand ECW’s long-time office at Hammersmith and Queen. “Here’s success,” David says. “You come into work, you put your key in the […]

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Pictures From a Darkroom Floor: My Life in France By Heather Cook Two Ladies Press, 390 pgs Review by Jon Muldoon Anyone curious about what life was like in 1960s France should pick up Heather Cook’s Pictures From a Darkroom Floor: My Life in France, a memoir about her early adulthood in Paris and the […]