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Canada Reads returns this year for its 20th edition, with the debates taking place March 8-11. This year the theme is “one book to transport us”. It seems very fitting to have such a theme during a year where we could all us a little escape from reality.

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What if there was a library that contained hundreds of books about your life. Every single regret you’ve ever had, from the seemingly insignificant to the major life decisions, laid out before you. All you have to do is pick a regret, open the book, and you’ll step into the life that could h…

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The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman is a follow up to her 2018 novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls. With that said, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. For those us of living in Quebec, I feel like this novel is an emotional work of historical fiction. Goodman, a Montreal nativ…

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I must confess, I am a sucker for holiday movies. Every year once Halloween has come and gone I start watching anything holiday related, from Hallmark movies to animated classics, I can’t get enough. So it goes without saying that I was quite excited to get my hands on Tom Ellen’s latest nov…

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When I first read the synopsis for Natalie Zina Walschots debut novel, Hench, my interest was definitely piqued. I love super hero movies and television shows but I don’t often read books within the genre. What drew me to this book however, was the fact that it’s about an office temp who wor…

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This is the time of the year when I usually start making lists and packing for Christmas at Walt Disney World. Over the course of the holidays we like to camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, cramming into our travel trailer for two weeks of uninterrupted family time. This …

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“This story is about a lot of things but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the onset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

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“This world war was not the first tragedy to strike mankind and it would not be the last, but none of them had been able to destroy humanity’s appreciation for beauty.”The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli is the story about a woman with resolve to be more than just a mistress. She is determin…

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Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s latest thriller, You Can’t Catch Me, is a diabolical game of cat and mouse that is guaranteed to keep readers on their toes until the very last page. The story begins with our protagonist, Jessica Williams, experiencing what is thought to be a chance enco…

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CBC’s SCHITT’S CREEK made Canadians proud at the 72nd Emmy Awards, winning a total of nine awards including a historic win for Outstanding Comedy Series, marking the first time a Canadian television program has won an Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy or Drama series category, and the most prim…

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Indians On Vacation is the latest novel by American-Canadian author Thomas King. Once again, King brings us a book full of his dry wit and sarcasm, even when dealing with heavy subject matters. On the surface this book seemed like it would be a comedy about an Indian couple taking a vacation…

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Filmoption International announces that the SLAXX, which has been premiered at the renowned Fantasia Festival will be released in Quebec and Canada on September 11th. Directed by Elza Kephart, the film stars Romane Denis (Charlotte a du fun), Brett Donahue (Come Back), Sehar Bhojani (Coroner…

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When I first came across the latest novel by celebrated author Emma Donoghue (Room, Wonder), I was hesitant. I wasn’t sure about reading a book about a pandemic while living through another pandemic. In the end however, the influenza pandemic of 1918 serves as a back drop in The Pull of the …

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Final Cut is the latest psychological thriller by acclaimed writer S.J. Watson. The book follows Alex Young, a documentary filmmaker, as she attempts to unravel the a mysterious death and the disappearances of two young woman, in a small waterfront town. Even though the events take place ten…

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In 1947, Canwood Saskatchewan, young Leonard Flint befriends the local recluse known as Rabbit Foot Bill, only to witness a horrific crime that sees Bill off to prison. The story is loosely based on actual events of a crime in the small prairie town, as well as the experimental LSD trials at…

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A recent press release announced CBC Podcasts’ extensive roster for fall 2020. The upcoming collection features 15 podcasts across a range of genres, including: new investigative series BRAINWASHED, exploring secret government mind control experiments; historical series RECALL: HOW TO START …

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The 2020 Canada Reads debates have concluded and a winner has been crowned! The theme of this year’s competition was “what one book should  all of Canada read to bring Canada into focus”. It was not an easy pick. Much like everything else around the globe, the competition was originally plan…

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The Canada Reads debates, originally scheduled for the end of March but postponed due to the pandemic, kicked off today. Unlike like every other year, the debates are not in front of a live studio audience and two of the panelists are joining the debates virtually.

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CBC recently announced via press release that the public broadcaster’s beloved annual battle of the books, CANADA READS 2020, will convene Monday, July 20 to Thursday, July 23, following its postponement in March due to COVID-19. Hosted by Ali Hassan, a panel of advocates will champion Canad…

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Ten years after the final instalment of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins returns with a villain origin story that follows President Snow’s path to the top. Unlike most villain origin stories, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes does not leave the reader sympathizing, rooting for, or …

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According to a recent media release, and with schools and daycares closed across the country, CBC is making more content available for children and their caregivers across many of the public broadcaster’s platforms including CBC Kids, CBC Gem and educational platform Curio.