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Famed fantasy writer Rachel Caine in town this weekend

Famed fantasy writer Rachel Caine in town this weekend

By Kevin Olenick, citizen reporter

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine will be in town this weekend as a guest of honour and panellist at the When Words Collide festival.

Caine, best known for the popular book series, The Weather Warden, Morganville Vampires and Outcast Season, was recently awarded the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Career Achievement Award in the Urban Fantasy category.

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Interactive activity book teaches children the value of money

Interactive activity book teaches children the value of money

The Toronto Star has launched an interactive activity book for children ages seven to 14 years old entitled Do You See a Money Tree? to help educate children on money.

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BOOK REVIEW: Fifteen Biggest Lies challenges economic orthodoxy

BOOK REVIEW: Fifteen Biggest Lies challenges economic orthodoxy

Troy Media by Doug Firby

Just as religious faith is meaningless until it is tested, so too conventional wisdom on western economic policy doesn’t count for much unless you are open-minded enough to consider the alternatives. Continue Reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The ancient art of changing mind

BOOK REVIEW: The ancient art of changing mind

Troy Media by Faith Wood

Eye contact and good looks appear to be a key ingredient of influence, according to Kevin Dutton, author of Split-Second Persuasion. Does this mean that in order to be more influential, I need to invest in plastic surgery if I wasn’t blessed with good looks? Perhaps not! After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?! Continue Reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Sex, and more sex, permeates Amis’ The Pregant Widow

BOOK REVIEW: Sex, and more sex, permeates Amis’ The Pregant Widow

Troy Media  by Lisa Monforton

Sex – and lots of it – transcends the pages of Martin Amis’s latest book, The Pregnant Widow. Continue Reading

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Canadian Badlands Passion Play celebrates its 100th performance with new sound system

Canadian Badlands Passion Play celebrates its 100th performance with new sound system

This year’s Canadian Badlands Passion Play will feature a new sound reinforcement system for its 100th performance

The 2011 version of the Canadian Badlands Passion play is celebrating a number of firsts for its one-hundredth performance, including a new script based on the Gospel of John that will require over 200 actors and singers appearing on stage at one time.

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New York’s famous 52nd Street Project bringing Shakespeare play to Calgary

New York’s famous 52nd Street Project bringing Shakespeare play to Calgary

Watch the “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the University of Calgary

In the first week of July Calgarians will enjoy a unique production of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona put on by eight teenagers from the 52nd Street Project in New York City.

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Titanic: The Canadian Story hardcover centennial edition

Titanic: The Canadian Story hardcover centennial edition

Alan Hustak’s book tells the Titanic’s story from a Canadian perspective

A hardcover edition of Titanic: The Canadian Story will be issued by DV3 press in September to commemorate the famous oceanliner’s 1912 disaster. The book’s hardcover version comes 25 years after its author, journalist Alan Hustak, began research and fifteen years since the date of its first publication.

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Canadian author Ezra Levant wins National Business Book Award

Canadian author Ezra Levant wins National Business Book Award

Ezra Levant is well-known for his conservative commentary and is now a host on Sun Network.

Calgary-native Ezra Levant has won this year’s National Business Book Awards. His book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands, deals with energy issues impacting Canada’s global relations.

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Reviewing our local authors: CHiP

Reviewing our local authors: CHiP

Review by Derek Donais 

CHiP: A Novel      
Aviva Bel’Harold
Orange Monkey Publishing
November, 2010   
ISBN: 9780981114415              

 ”… I had broken my motto, gotten involved, and in doing that I had misled them all. Promising them something I couldn’t give: hope for mercy. I was a monster.” —Teigan Doe

Aviva Bel’Harold’s most recent novel, CHiP, is a young adult offering that takes place in a future dystopia where Advanced Research in Micro Machine Biology—ARM for short—an enigmatic, yet increasingly powerful multinational corporation, is attempting to establish a worldwide presence. Continue Reading

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