They are called mules and they carry the nose candy and smack in their various orifices, taped below navels, between cleavages of breasts and shoulder blades, strapped to legs, hidden in shoes, stuffed animals and suitcases. There’s no stopping imagination.By Warren Gerard14 min
Even if you're a book lover, you've probably never given more than a passing thought to the process that makes the ideas from a writer's imagination available to you. Book publishing in Canada is a growing industry and is a far more complicated operation than you'd ever imagine.
The rush-hour traffic swarms around him. The man pushes the button marked ARRIVE on his car’s computer keyboard. Instantly he’s told he won’t get home until 6:35 p.m.—20 minutes late. Traffic isn’t letting up, so he manipulates the car’s on-board traffic computer to show the fastest way home.By Allan Bailey9 min
Canada's first National Book Festival is planned to be a nation-wide book bash in which everyone, in large communities and small, can participate. On Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 pm across Canada the CBC television network will broadcast a special half-hour program on Canadian children's books, produced in cooperation with the National Book Festival and the Children's Book Centre.
I found Robert Stall’s article A Man, A Tree and an Ocean to Cross (Mar. 5), on Geordie Tocher’s voyage, very interesting, especially the anthropological implications. However, I would like to point out that the statement suggesting that it was the first such voyage in 1,400 years is not accurate.
Michel Tremblay’s first published work was a bizarre science-fiction encounter involving an innocent Québécois abroad, his inherited West African village and an omnipotent glass egg. Then came the cycle of plays—Les Belles-Sœurs, Hosanna, St. Carmen of the Main—that made him a celebrity.By Mark Czarnecki5 min
In her five years as the divorcee daughter of TV’s virago Maude, actress Adrienne Barbeau tried hard to advance her cause as libertine—but mother seldom approved. Recently, however, the 33-year-old Barbeau cut the apron strings, donned a deep purple Frederick’s of Hollywood corset and, with a look more New Orleans French Quarter than upper suburbia, has taken her place on the walls of the nation alongside pin-up posters of Cheryl Tiegs and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.By Jane O’Hara5 min
Of all the myriad business relations in our modern society, the one between book buyer and bookseller remains the least disturbed by modern technology. The essential relationship is still one-to-one. Bookselling is not a service the average supermarket manager is preared to give.By Gerald Levitch5 min
In Ottawa it was the talk of lunch tables and cocktail parties. When Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau stayed home for two days with flu, it was presumed to be the reason. A top campaign strategist called it “the X factor.” The cause of the kerfuffle: the peregrinations of Margaret Trudeau who last week, appropriately, turned up in Walt Disney’s Florida fantasy world.By Robert Lewis4 min
When you're a poet or a writer faced by a blank sheet of paper every morning, how do you get going? Alden Nowlan writes his poetry only in black notebooks; he bought hundreds of them when he learned that his favourite brand was to be discontinued.By Katherine Koller4 min
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