Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Analog Sea a Delightful Return to Deeper Currents

Every so often I’ll come across a collection of poetry that stands head and shoulders above the torrent of mediocrity being published these days. When it does, I feel it deserves a much wider audience than poetry typically gets. With … Continue reading

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Kaslo Jazzfest a Hit—Again

Clearly the team at Kaslo Jazz Etc. have hit upon a winning formula—already by July 28 single day tickets for Saturday, August 4th had sold out. The festival runs from August 2–4. Friday night saw a younger artist take the … Continue reading

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Landscape and Language as Character

Reflections on reading The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy Reading Thomas Hardy’s lesser known novel The Woodlanders returns me to a lifelong fascination with his writing. Hardy was an early literary touchstone for me in my self education as a writer, and … Continue reading

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Joy Kogawa: Walking the Path of Reconciliation

Seeking the Hidden Voice of Mercy “Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on. And they brought me their comfort and later they … Continue reading

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Kootenay Lake poets release anthology

Just in time for National Poetry Month in April, a group of poets from Kaslo and area have released an anthology of their work titled Five Kootenay Lake Poets. The writers’ group, comprising Mark Mealing, Robert Banks Foster, Sheila Murray-Nellis, … Continue reading

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‘In Your Face’ book review

Some books can take you by surprise, suddenly causing a shift in your perceptions. In Your Face: What’s Yours Saying About You? by Emisch Oghma is one such book. It’s a contemporary Western take on the ancient Chinese practice of … Continue reading

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Caroline Woodward re-releases Alaska Highway Two-Step

It’s not often these days a novel gets a second chance at life. Author Caroline Woodward’s first novel, Alaska Highway Two-Step, will get just that, with a new edition being released this month by Harbour Publishing. Woodward’s novel tells the … Continue reading

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