Feeling Our-Shelves: With Lili and Reanna

Editor’s note and content warning: This story includes mention of gender-based violence and sexual assault.   In this edition, we each review three biographies and memoirs that we’ve read over the past year, highlighting what we liked best and what we liked less. Despite the latter, all the books listed are written about inspirational women – and there’s a lot…

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Feeling Our-shelves: With Lili and Reanna

Can’t decide which book to read next? We reviewed four books that will keep readers in the back-to-school mood, with a little something for everyone.   My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh, 2018  My Year of Rest and Relaxation follows an unnamed young woman’s descent into chaos while attempting a prescription pill-induced year-long hibernation in hopes that…

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Fall reads

The fall season can mean a lot of things to different people. Regardless of personal feelings, its shorter days and brisker winds make it a great time to start a new book.   The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1890)  First published in 1890, this classic is the perfect book to kick off spooky season. The Picture…

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Dal alumna publishes horror story collection

Lauren Messervey, a Dalhousie University alumna, has found success in the horror genre. In an interview with the Dalhousie Gazette, she talks about the writing process, self-publishing and her upcoming projects.   Dalhousie alumna with a story  Messervey graduated from Dal with a bachelor of arts in theatre with a focus on acting. While her passion for the stage propelled…

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Poetry primer to feed the soul

If poetry feeds the soul, Nova Scotians are truly blessed. The province is home to some of the country’s most influential Black writers including Afua Cooper, Abena Beloved Green, Maxine Tynes and George Elliott Clarke.   With the winter study break looming, many students seek scholarly and leisure reading. It is impossible to cover every talented Black poet in Nova Scotia, but here are some names to look for.   Gloria Ann Wesley …

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Life after Dal: A diaper dilemma

Writing a children’s book can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re the mother of two infants. This was the case for Sarabeth Holden: a Dalhousie University alumna and author of the recently published picture book Please Don’t Change My Diaper.   Holden based the book, illustrated by Emma Pederson, on her three-year-old son Raymond. The…

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Discovering the truth of our hearts

Editor’s note: This article contains many spoilers for the 2020 novel In Five Years.  In Five Years by Rebecca Searle is a novel about confronting the reality of your life and finding the bravery to change it amidst grief, hope and loss.  The plot  In Five Years follows the story of Dannie, a high-achieving lawyer in New York…

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