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Alan Borovoy 1932-2015

Posted on May 12 by Kyle in News

It saddens us to announce passing of Alan Borovoy. He was a Canadian civil rights champion, an officer of the Order of Canada since 1982, and author of Categorically Incorrect: Ethical Fallacies in Canada's War on Terror (Dundurn 2008). Borovoy, who served as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for more than 40 years, was 82 years old at the time of his death. 

When Austin Clarke Met Malcolm X

Posted on February 25 by Kyle in Interview, News
In 1963, a young Austin Clarke, hoping to make his first mark as a journalist, travelled from Toronto to Harlem with two goals: first, to live among the people and capture an honest picture of what life was like for Harlem’s black community during a pivotal period in history (which resulted in the CBC Radio documentary Project 64: Harlem in Revolt), and, second, interviewing renowned author James Baldwin. Upon being informed that Baldwin was in Greece and therefore not available to be interviewed, a friend made a suggestion.

Austin Clarke's Essential Tunes

Posted on February 23 by Kyle in News

Novelist, poet, teacher, and Giller Prize-winner Austin Clarke was a young man during golden age of jazz and a witness to some live performances that today’s music aficionado can only dream of. But we can offer you the next best thing: a select playlist of some of Austin Clarke’s favourite songs (or, in one case, an entire album).

Bob Dylan said something about, “The times they are a-changing”. He probably wasn’t referring to the whole notion of promotion of children’s and YA books but the line is certainly appropriate. Gone are the days of the media/book store tour arranged (and paid for) by your publisher. In fact, publishers are very clear on the subject--authors are not merely encouraged, they are expected to play a vital role in the promotion of their books. Not a bad thing really. But the new world order as it applies to book promotion has created a pretty steep learning curve for old school writers like, say…me.

A Walk In The Park

Posted on February 4 by Jael Ealey Richardson in News

I often spend some portion of the winter holidays down south. My parents and my extended family are American, after all. But this year was the first time I took part in Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

In America, MLK Day is a national holiday—an entire day dedicated to a man who led peaceful marches and made bold, culture-changing declarations.

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