PreviewsIssue 81, Fall/Winter 2022-23
10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada
Ten episodes – such as the enactment of the War Measures Act, the École Polytechnique Massacre, The Tragically Hip’s farewell concert, and the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s executive summary – offer an account of the political, social, cultural, and demographic forces that have shaped contemporary Canada.
A Blanket of Butterflies
Richard Van Camp, Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator), Nickolej Villiger (Illustrator)
This new full-colour edition of the Eisner Award–nominated adventure includes additional cultural context about the experiences of Indigenous and Japanese-Canadian people during the Second World War, and launches a new series of YA graphic novels.
A Cabin Christmas
Glynnis Hood, Ardis Cheng (Illustrator)
The girl greets the forest and wetland animals every morning and watches as they prepare for winter. When the girl and her family are faced with an unexpected challenge, the animal community comes to the rescue and makes it the best Christmas ever!
A Grief Cave
Almost a decade ago, the author’s partner Zoë was late returning home from her run – these poems were written in the years following the accident that killed her as the speaker makes his way through the immediate aftermath, loves another partner, and creates a new life, all while keeping space for the grief and love he continues to feel for Zoë.
A Seven Year Ache
In this historical novel, Rosie moves to Manitoba with her mother, stepfather, and siblings to homestead in the 1920s, but things do not go well – the family suffers loss, poverty, and upheaval, and Rosie, despite her spirited nature – or maybe because of it – has a rough time pursuing her dreams against the harsh and limiting landscape of her time.
A Silly Willy Christmas
Brenda Redman, Wendi Nordell (Illustrator)
Everyone in a very big extended family goes to Gramma’s for Christmas, and the festivities get very silly in this vividly illustrated book that emphasizes the importance of multi-generational connections.
A Stunning Backdrop
Alberta in the Movies, 1917-1960
Beautifully illustrated with archival photos, this book tells the story of Alberta’s film history, illuminating the deep importance of the province to Hollywood, and exploring the often friendly partnerships between filmmakers and Indigenous communities.
Jones examines the movement to abolish prisons through the Black feminist principles of care and collectivity, and argues that intimacy is integral to the ongoing struggles of prisoners for justice and liberation through the care work of building relationships and organizing with the people inside.
The Cultural and Economic Politics of Recognition
In her multidisciplinary research, Adese explores the origins, meaning, and use of the term Aboriginal, and argues that it was a tool used to advance Canada’s cultural and economic assimilatory agenda from the 1980s to the mid-2010s. She also shows how the word serves as a kind of “Aboriginalized multicultural” brand at odds with the diversity and complexity of Indigenous Peoples.
After the Fire & The Particulars
Two dark comedies from the author of Bear portray, in very different ways, what people are capable of when pushed to their breaking point. After the Fire centres on two couples dealing with the ruin left by the 2016 fire in Fort McMurray. The Particulars shows how Gordon, despite following careful routines to control his everyday life, is unravelled by invaders in his garden and in his home.