20 December 2009

Canada / UNBC Reads

Canada Reads is an annual "battle of the books" which takes place on CBC radio airing the week of March 8 to March 12, 2010. Five prominent advocates defend their choice for the book that they believe all of Canada should read.

Again, this year the Geoffrey R. Weller will be holding its own campaign. Five prominent UNBC personalities have chosen a book that they believe all of the UNBC community should read. Each reviewer will prepare an argument hoping to win you over to their chosen book. A copy of each of these books will be placed on 1 week Reserve in the Library in early January giving you an opportunity to read them for yourself.

Voting will take place throughout the rest of the semester and the UNBC winner will be announced on April 2nd.

Vote for the book that you think all of UNBC should read online or by completing at ballot at the Circulation Desk of the Geoffrey R. Weller Library.

The UNBC Reads Book Choices:

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje (Chosen by Darcy Helkenberg)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Chosen by Tracy Summerville)
The Rider by Tim Krabbe (Chosen by Ian Hartley)
Tyndale's New Testament by William Tyndale
(Chosen by John Young)
Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis (Chosen by Gohar Ashoughian)

Vote Here!

CBC Canada Reads Campaign

For more information on the CBC Canada Reads Campaign, click here.
The CBC Canada Reads Book Choices and Reviewers

Fall on your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald - Defended by Perdita Felicien
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland - Defended by Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott - Defended by Simi Sara
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy - Defended by Samantha Nutt
Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner - Defended by Michel Vezina

18 December 2009

Poetry Cage Match?

If you haven't seen it yet, this is a debate between Christian Bok and Carmine Starnino about Canadian poetry and the tension between traditional and experimental forms. Two white guys in suits. I dunno. It is kinda sad all around and I think poetry can easily move into more productive, engaged forms of thought.

05 December 2009

Polataiko Openings in New York and Toronto

In New York at 79th St and 5th Ave, in a gorgeous-looking venue, across the street from the Metropolitan Museum:

and in Toronto at Barbara Edwards Contemporary where Taras' film In the Land of the Head Hunters was featured:

Two other pieces were included in the show: a photography series called Human Locomotion and an installation called Kyiv Classical .