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Burning the Night – generational story of love and awakening as a gay man

posted Saturday, May 1, 2021

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From small-town Alberta, Curtis comes to Edmonton to obtain a teaching degree. There he forms a close friendship with his elderly, blind Aunt Harriet, considered a family pariah due to her eccentric enthusiasm for a lost world of artists and musicians. When Curtis begins reading aloud to Harriet the diary her intended husband Phillip kept […]

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New reads from Anvil Press – Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

posted Friday, April 23, 2021

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Anvil Press was established in 1988 to publish “subTerrain” magazine. The desire among those involved at the time was to eventually publish a line of literary titles—books from new, virtually unknown authors who were starting to make a name for themselves on the Canadian literary scene. The publishing philosophy at Anvil remains uncompromised: “To discover, […]

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Hollywood Eden -Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise

posted Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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In Hollywood Eden, acclaimed music journalist Joel Selvin tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the lasting myth of the California dream, from the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, to the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas. From […]

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New Magic Valley Fun Town – Daniel MacIvor’s play about FWB

posted Sunday, April 4, 2021

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From Daniel MacIvor, the acclaimed playwright behind A Beautiful View, The Best Brothers, and This is What Happens Next, comes a moving portrait about what we choose to forget and how we decide to move on. In New Magic Valley Fun Town, Cape Bretoner Dougie hasn’t seen his childhood best friend Allen in thirty years. […]

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The Memory Project – Sci-Fi mystery that challenges gender stereotypes, champions LGBTQ+ rights

posted Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Andrew C. Youngson’s ‘The Memory Project: A Sci-Fi Mystery Novel´ embroils readers deep in the world of Weavers – rare telepathic humans who can experience the memories of others through touch. It’s a compelling story that challenges gender stereotypes, champions LGBTQ+ rights and explores how the past and present can so easily fold in on […]

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Our Story: Coming out in the time of HIV and AIDS

posted Sunday, March 28, 2021

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Our Story: Coming out in the time of HIV and AIDS is the story of friendship, love, loss, and drag told with humour and compassion. In 1977, the author, then a naïve young man, escapes his pulp and paper mill town in northern New Brunswick and goes in search of his gay self. After two […]

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Gay Bar – a historical romp through the history of queer havens

posted Saturday, March 27, 2021

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Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression—whatever your scene, whoever you’re seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? […]

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“The Recent East” – mother and two teens navigate a new life in East Germany

posted Thursday, March 25, 2021

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Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beate Haas, who defected from East Germany as a child, is notified that her parents’ abandoned mansion is available for her to reclaim. Newly divorced and eager to escape her bleak life in upstate New York, where she moved as an adult, she arrives with her two […]

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New fiction reads for fans of music – The Final Revival of Opal Nev, Bootleg Stardust

posted Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is a kaleidoscopic fictional oral history of the beloved rock ’n’ roll duo who shot to fame in 1970s New York, and the dark, fraught secret that lies at the peak of their stardom. Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and […]

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The Tender Grave – two sisters reunite under strained circumstances

posted Monday, March 22, 2021

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From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller and the Oprah Book Club selection, The Rapture of Canaan, and steeped in the rich tradition of Southern writers like Carson McCullers and Sue Monk Kidd, The Tender Grave is the gripping story of two estranged sisters who find their unlikely way toward forgiveness—and each other—after a gruesome and disturbing […]

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