Hedgehog2 December 01

‘Song of the Caged Bird’ in Quill and Quire

Kamal al-Solaylee wrote a lovely piece about Song of the Caged Bird: Writing as Resistance in Palestine, and the ‘new’ genre of digital “short books”, in December’s Quill and Quire. The story, called ‘Marcello Di Cintio’s new Journey,” can be found here. (I apologize, in advance, to fans of Eat, Pray, Love.)

Photo by Joey Podlubny, Calgary Herald November 21

“On the Other Side of the Berlin Wall”

A couple of weeks ago, I met Heike Kretschmer at a recent event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She told an amazing and tragic story about how the Berlin Wall destroyed her family. Heike’s story appears in today’s Swerve Magazine here.

Gratitude all around

Sunday marked the final event of the Calgary Public Library’s ‘One Book One Calgary’ program. I joined a panel of fascinating folks at Fish Creek Library for a telling of personal stories of ‘walls’ in our lives. My thanks to Hadeel Qazzaz, Hector Frias, Cheryl Dueck, Cory Cardinal and Kris Demeanor for sharing their remarkable […]

Palestine 2009 118 November 12

Final ‘One Book One Calgary’ Events

There are only a few days left in the Calgary Public Library’s ‘One Book One Calgary’ program, and two final events I am happy to be part of. On Saturday afternoon, I will join the CPL’s current writer-in-residence, the ever-charming Rosemary Nixon, for an event called “From the Authors.” Rosemary and I will be ‘talking […]

DSC01787 November 11

Amedeo Sorrentino, soldier

My grandfather, Amedeo Sorrentino, is 91 years-old and a veteran of the Second World War. He did not, though, fight for Canada. He will not be counted among those rightfully honoured at today’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Nonno did not “fight for our freedom,” as we are so fond of saying every November. Still, I want […]

2013-09-14-Berlin-Wall-segment-West-side November 09

“The walls will continue to rise, and we will continue to tear them down.”

In 1992, on the occasion of Montréal’s 350th birthday, the City of Berlin gave the city a rough sliver of concrete about three metres tall and a metre wide salvaged from the Wall’s great fall in 1990. Vivid graffiti covers what was the western side of the slab. An orange sunburst. Swirls of green and […]

xx_xx_cal_remand_jeremynolais November 07

Walls Within Walls: A visit to Calgary’s Remand Centre

Yesterday, as part of the library’s ‘One Book One Calgary’ programming, I visited the Calgary Remand Centre where a group of around twenty inmates had been assigned to read Walls for their book club. I didn’t know what to expect from the men and felt nervous. I wondered about what their level of engagement might […]

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