Number 109

CNQ Issue #109: The Crime Issue (Spring/Summer 2021)

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The Landscape

  • by Seth

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

  • The Executioners by Brian Moore | Harlequin Books, 1951
  • French for Murder by Bernard Mara | Fawcett Publications
  • Hunter with Harpoon by Markoosie Patsauq | McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks by Austin Clarke | House of Anansi
  • Dirty Words: Selected Poems, 1997-2016 by Carmine Starnino | Gaspereau Press


  • Guest Editor’s Note by Brian Busby

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

  • Beat The Rich: Grant Allen’s An African Millionaire by Brian Busby


  • “We Provide a Timely Review” by Adam Sol
  • “seven free spirits” by Manahil Bandukwala


  • Sin City: Montreal’s late, great mid-century journal of vice by Will Straw
  • A Requiem for Skid Row: Toronto’s roughest neighbourhoods live on, but mainly in its fiction by Amy Lavender Harris
  • Fringe Elements: A crime writer encounters his subjects by Trevor Ferguson
  • Uncle Ken, We Hardly Knew Ye: Kenneth Orvis’ nephew surveys the writer’s life, hustles, and mysterious disappearance by Chris Barry
  • Vale of Fears: Women in the crime novels of Phyllis Brett Young by Monika Bartyzel
  • Shut Out: How university libraries are increasingly limiting public access by Jennifer Hambleton
  • Revolutionarily Yours: Jack London’s epistolary relationship with Canadian socialist agitator Wilfrid Gribble by David Frank

The Cinema

  • Vice Versa: Why 1986’s “Blue City” remains one of the best worst movies ever made by Chris Kelly


  • Interview with Danny McAuley by Brian Busby

Used and Rare

  • The List by  David Mason

The North Wing

  • Thomas King’s “Dreadful Water” by Nathan Campagnaro


  • “All Our Auld Acquaintances Are Gone” by Caroline Adderson


  • Erin McLaren’s Little Resilience: The Ryerson Poetry Chap-Books by Bruce Whiteman
  • Anna Porter’s The Appraisal and Deceptions by Rohan Maitzen
  • Amanda LeDuc’s The Centaur’s Wife by Laura Cameron
  • Michael Melgaard’s Pallbearing by Brett Josef Grubisic
  • Pasha Malla’s Kill the Mall by Alex Good
  • Carrie Jenkins’ Victoria Sees It by Paige Cooper
  • Patricia Robertson’s Hour of the Crab by Dancy Mason
  • Andrée A Michaud’s Mirror Lake by James Grainger
  • Sarah Berman’s Don’t Call it a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM by Emily Donaldson

Shelf Talkers

  • The Bookshelf, Guelph


  • Writing Thrillers for Profit: A Practical Guide by Stephen Fowler