Category Archives: History

Nascent Poet or Hotheaded Murderer?

Review of Big Ledge by Brian D’Eon Big Ledge by Brian D’Eon is that rarity in historical fiction—a story that combines historical veracity with narrative fluency and a deep poetic sensibility. D’Eon starts the tale from its endpoint, with its … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Empire: a Review of ‘The Emperor’

“Tired, looking as if they hadn’t slept, they acted under feverish stress, pursuing their victims in the stale air of hatred and fear that surrounded them all. They had no shield but the Emperor, and the Emperor could undo them … Continue reading

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Apology as Public Ritual: Why It’s Still Important

The Evolution of Apology “Confession is good for the soul.” Though we in the 21st century West are living in a post-religious age, the role of ritual is no less important to human nature than it ever was. This is … Continue reading

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House of Commons passes apology motion for British Home Children

It happened so quickly most Members of Parliament were barely aware of it. On February 15 a Private Member’s motion brought forward by Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault was passed. The motion calls for the House of Commons to apologize … Continue reading

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Historical Amnesia: Remembering History’s Ignored Children

Imagine that a mass amnesia had gripped society and we suddenly lost our memory of history. Then imagine that history was rewritten for us, leaving out the entire story of the civil rights movement in the ’60s, or the Suffragettes’ … Continue reading

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A Paradigm Shift for Halloween

I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers the story is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history. —Paula Gunn Allen, Native … Continue reading

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Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest Ontario Tour

Autumn is nearly upon us and with it comes a new round of touring with my new book, Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest. We’ll start with Ontario, where I have a busy schedule of reading events, the British Isles … Continue reading

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