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From TV to events around town (and more!), our bloggers have their fingers on the pulse of everything that's happening in the entertainment world.

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Nadia Hashimi’s latest novel, Sparks Like Stars, is a beautiful and haunting work of historical fiction. The novel begins in 1978 where our protagonist, 10-year-old Sitara, witnesses the assassination of her entire family at the presidential palace in Kabul. She then embarks on a harrowing j…

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The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences across Canada to stream April 29 to May 9. Passes, packages and tickets are currently on sale, and the full lineup has been released.

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Kate Quinn’s latest highly anticipated novel, The Rose Code, is here and it’s a masterpiece. I simply couldn’t put the book down and once I finished it, I wasn’t ready to let the characters go.

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If you’re looking for a fun, quick book to get completely immersed in, Sarah Penner’s debut novel, The Lost Apothecary is the book for you. The story intertwines the lives of a present day woman who stumbles upon a mysterious vial and the apothecary that it belonged to in 1791. The timeline …

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This book has left me speechless. I’ve taken a few days now to try to gather my thoughts on what I can say about Gutter Child by Jael Richardson, and I keep coming back to this: just read it.

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That’s a wrap on the 20th edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. Once again the debates were not in front of a live studio audience due to the pandemic, however all five panelists were present.

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Have you ever finished a book only to slowly exhale the breath you didn’t realize you had been holding? That is the effect that Francesca Ekwuyasi’s debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread had on me. This novel brings us a beautifully woven story about twin sisters and their mother, as it jumps b…

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The only book on this year’s Canada Reads shortlist to fully take place in Canada, Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed is an unabashed story of Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Jonny Appleseed. The novel follows a week in Jonny’s life where he needs to make enough money to travel from the city back to …

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The only work of non-fiction to make the Canada Reads shortlist this year, Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee, is a deep exploration of the geography and natural landscape of Taiwan. Lee brings the reader on her journey as she tries to connect to the land that her maternal grandparent…

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This year’s theme for Canada Reads is books that transport you and in that context, The Midnight Bargain by C.L.Polk does not disappoint. Polk’s romance-fantasy novel brings us to a world of magic and sorcery, where women must give up their magic to become wives and mothers. Once a year the …

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GESPE’GEWA’GI: The Last Land debuts on APTN this Saturday, February 13th. The 13-part half-hour documentary series follows the Mi'gmaq fishers of Listuguj, Quebec who make their living on the nearby waters harvesting salmon, crab, lobster and shrimp. The area is called the Last Land because …

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This is local ice sculptor Julien Doré working on an incredible piece at Centennial Park in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. The artist has been commissioned by the city to create ice sculptures at all of the parks in DDO. 

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There’s always one in every family. That larger than life personality legends are made of. The one who’s antics and heroics are passed down from generation to generation. In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra brings us the story of a woman who had made a promise to name her child aft…

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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…