PreviewsIssue 84, Spring/Summer 2024

  • Bead Talk

    Indigenous Knowledge and Aesthetics from the Flatlands

    Carmen L. Robertson (Editor), Judy Anderson (Editor), Katherine Boyer (Editor)

    The first in the new paskwa¯wi masinahikewina / Prairie Writing series, this book includes conversations, interviews, essays, and full-colour reproductions of beadwork from expert and emerging artists, academics, and curators, illustrating the importance of beading in contemporary Indigenous arts, and reshaping how beads are understood and how they stitch together generations of artists.

  • Beyond the Park

    An Anthology of Ecological Experiences

    Diego Creimer, Antonio D’Alfonso, Marie-Denise Douyon, Danielle Gouthrie, Hugh Hazelton, Barbara Janusz, Kelly Kaur, Dafne Romero, Cora Siré, Cora Siré, Elvira Truglia

    In this anthology of essays, stories, and poetry, in English and French, contributors explore their connection to natural spaces (e.g., woods, oceans, mountains, cities) through olfactory experiences, both positive (e.g., serotonin-releasing plants in forest) and negative (e.g., decaying bodies, chemicals that disable chemically sensitive people).

  • Beyond the Sea

    Kristen DaSilva

    Two endearing characters – Theo, starting to date again after his divorce, and Gwen, a loner working the ticket booth for a boat tour company – have an encounter that just might save them both in this understated but moving play about the emergence of hope through grief.

  • Call of the Void

    J.T. Siemens

    Sloane Donovan, the protagonist of To Those Who Killed Me, is back, now a fully accredited private investigator, but still suffering the effects of past trauma. In addition to her annoying task of keeping a debauched film star out of trouble, Sloane has taken on the missing person case of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared seven years ago.

  • Casey and Diana

    Nick Green

    As Casey House, a Toronto AIDS hospice, prepares for the historic visit of Diana, Princess of Wales, in October 1991, residents and staff are inspired to become all they can be, to live just a bit longer and more compassionately. Inspired by true events, this moving drama vividly captures a moment in time when a rebel princess, caregivers, and advocates helped to provide those stricken by the virus the dignity, community, and love they deserve.

  • Challenge to Civilization

    Indigenous Wisdom and the Future

    Blair A. Stonechild

    In this final book of his trilogy, Stonechild takes a wide-angle, global approach and illustrates how Indigenous spirituality, wisdom, and land-based knowledge are critical to human survival in the face of the inequity, environmental destruction, and climate change that have resulted from civilization’s exploitation.

  • Coexistence

    Stories

    Billy-Ray Belcourt

    In these stories set across the Prairies and the West Coast, on reserves and university campuses, at literary festivals and existential crossroads, characters search for meaning and connection. Belcourt demonstrates yet again his mastery of and playfulness in any genre.

  • Contemporary Vulnerabilities

    Reflections on Social Justice Methodologies

    Claire Carter (Editor), Chelsea Temple Jones (Editor), Caitlin Janzen (Editor)

    This interdisciplinary collection gathers narratives and analyses about innovative methodologies that engage with unconventional and unexpected research, and that encourage scholars to collaborate within, reflect on, and confront the frictions of inquiry around social change. The collection includes modes of storytelling and examples of knowledge gathering that are often excluded from academic texts in general and methodological texts in particular.

  • Counting Bones

    Anatomy of Love Lost and Found

    Ellen Anderson Penno

    Structured in accordance with the classic medical reference book Gray’s Anatomy, this memoir details the loss of the author’s partner in a climbing accident when she was 24, and how she plunged into her medical studies immediately afterward (beginning with a room filled with cadavers in anatomy class), struggling to manage her emotions and her rigorous schedule as she rebuilt her life.

  • Dare to Bird

    Exploring the Joy and Healing Power of Birds

    Part memoir, part photography book, and part guide, this gorgeous book draws on Hafting’s personal experience as a birder of colour to describe how birding, with its healing power, helped her during the grief she felt at the death of her parents, and how she is working to conserve bird species and to make birding a more inclusive hobby.