Monthly Archives: September 2015

Memoirs—Sideways and Otherwise

“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other … Continue reading

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Charet-Calles launches memoir of 1975 Cambodian orphanage

Does one ever truly recover from a wartime experience? It’s a question that underlines many of the passages in Eloise Charet-Calles’ newly published memoir, Never Without Our Children (Editions Bambou 2015). As a 23-year-old young woman, Eloise and her sister … Continue reading

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Morita-Cole launches memoir of Japanese internment

Nelson author Diana Morita-Cole launched her memoir, Sideways—Memoirs of a Misfit—at New Denver’s Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre the afternoon of September 12 to a full house. Many in the audience, both friends and fellow writers, had travelled 100 kilometres from … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology Pt. 2

“Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth The Hero’s Journey Comes Full Circle Both sci-fi and fantasy—today’s ‘speculative fiction’—can claim an ancient lineage. It’s not hard to hear echoes of humanity’s … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology

Kingdom of the Banal Why is it I find it so hard to finish novels these days? And I’m not talking about trashy supermarket fluff, either. I mean the stuff that in Canada is given the imprimateur of ‘literary fiction.’ … Continue reading

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