Number 108

CNQ Issue #108 (Fall Winter 2020/2021)

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Contents

 

The Landscape

  • by Seth

What’s Old | Notable CanLit reissues and offerings from the country’s antiquarian booksellers

  • The Young Gordons in Canada by Mary Bourchier Sanford | Religious Tract Society
  • Babylon by Grant Allen | Chatto & Windus, 1887
  • Swallowed (L’Avalée des avalés) by Reejean Ducharme, trans. Madeleine Stratford | Véhicule Press
  • The Shoe Boy by Duncan McCue | University of British Columbia Press
  • Gentleman Death/Perpetual Motion by Graeme Gibson | McClelland & Stewart

Editorial

  • Publisher’s Note by Dan Wells

The Dusty Bookcase | A casual exploration of Canada’s suppressed, ignored, and forgotten literature

  • Oleaginous Adventures: Edmund C Cosgrove’s The Terror of the Tar Sands by Brian Busby

Poetry

  • “Interior with Plastic Slippers and Broken Straps” by Phoebe Wang
  • “Peeling Potatoes in a Dreamscape” by Allison LaSorda

Features

  • Hunger Artist: The houses that Percy Janes built by Rod Moody-Corbett
  • Following The Lines: How I wrote a novel about abstract painter Agnes Martin by Sally Cooper
  • Don’t Cast Your Purls Before Swine: The subversive power of women’s domestic art by Mikka Jacobsen
  • CanLit Soviet So Be It: The Woke White Male critic takes on the late Alden Nowlan and finds him…unwoke by Shane Neilson
  • The Meaning of Poor: Poverty isn’t just an economic category, its also an insidious means of exclusion by River Kozhar

Rereading

  • Say My Name: The alchemical magic of “Rumpelstiltskin” by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Body of Work

  • This One Goes to Eleven: The fictional world of André Alexis by Nick Mount

First Reading

  • Thoughts from a Feather-Throated Reader: Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon’s “Gender Failure” by Juliane Okot Bitek

Memoir

  • Halfway Up Parnassus: Failure can be a learning experience; it can also be an indicator of one’s limits by Bruce Whiteman

Interview

  • Interview with Clifford Jackman by Jeremy Luke Hill

Used and Rare

  • Ovo-Prelapsarian by David Mason

The North Wing

  • Nalo Hopkinson’s “Brown Girl in the Ring” by Ho Che Anderson

Fiction

  • “As Far as the Eye Could See” by Pauline Holdstock
  • “Elvis from Orkney” by Shaena Lambert

CNQ Abroad

  • Beautiful Ruin: In Cuba, birds, books, and big black Mercedes by Richard Sanger

Reviews

  • Madhur Anand’s This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir in Halves by Andreae Callanan
  • Justin Ling’s Missing from the Village and Silver Donald Cameron’s Blood in the Water by Alex Good
  • Nadine Bismuth’s A Family Affair by Brett Josef Grubisic
  • Alex Pugsley’s Aubrey McKee by Steven W Beattie
  • Réjean Ducharme’s Swallowed by Michel Basilières
  • Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs by Steacy Easton
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Laura Cameron
  • Lisa Robertson’s The Baudelaire Fractal by André Forget
  • Ian Young’s London Skin and Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories by John Metcalf
  • David Bergen’s Here the Dark by James Grainger
  • Morgan Murray’s Dirty Birds by Tom Halford
  • Annabel Lyon’s Consent by Rudrapriya Rathore
  • Clifford Jackman’s The Braver Thing by Dancy Mason
  • Saleema Nawaz’s Song for the End of the World by Mark Sampson
  • Katłıà’s Land-Water-Sky / Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Patricia Robertson
  • Margaret Atwood’s Dearly by Bruce Whiteman

Exhumations

  • Dreams about H M The Queen and Other Members of the Royal Family by Stephen Fowler