Spain Remembers

Spain Remembers

Thursday, November 15, 2007


GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARDS Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m.

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson won the prestigious American National Book Award for fiction. The novel deals with the Vietnam War. The non-fiction winner was Legacy of Ashes: the History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. Robert Haas picked up the prize for poetry for Time and Materials. His poems include many critical of the war in Iraq. It would seem the American reading pubic is focused on the lengthy list of its country’s international blunders.

A THUNDER BAY CHRISTMAS GIFT BOOK. For your friends who cook or who like to brouse beautiful cook books, my pick is Flavours of Northwestern Ontario by Tim Matthews. The recipes are healthy and delicious, the photography by Murray Metcalf superb - the cover shot alone is worth the price. Only available (as far as I know) at the Confederation College Bookstore.

BOOK RAGE??? According to the “New York Times” a form of book rage is sweeping Canada. This malady is characterized by “angry outbursts in bookstores and more specifically, by the hurling of books,” says the Times. The reason? The variation between the US and Canadian price. The good news - Wal-Mart will be selling books at the American price; however, their selection is limited. Heather of Chapters has announced massive markdowns and sales. Just in time for Christmas shopping, but watch out for those flying volumes.

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