Feeling Our-shelves: With Lili and Reanna

For the last issue of the 2021-2022 school year, we talk about one of our favourite authors — Eve Babitz. We discuss her early life, summarize two of her books and explain why we love these books so much.   Early life  Babitz was born in Hollywood in 1943 and recently passed away in December of…

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New used bookstore spells easier access to reading 

Oona Craig hopes to make books more accessible for everyone.  Craig says she hasn’t always imagined opening a used bookstore. The bookseller used to be a high school teacher and has taught everything from Latin to math in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia.   “Well, they say your life path isn’t straight – and it’s…

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Finding the biggest of stories in the smallest of spaces 

Jessie Hannah is no stranger to unconventional living spaces.   She describes her first home as “essentially a Quonset hut on a slab of concrete” built by her parents after they lost their previous home in a fire. This marked her first experience with a building that was made with a very specific purpose, one that…

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Feeling Our-shelves: With Lili and Reanna

In this edition, we recommend four classic novels. Though these have been around a little while, we’ve found they’re still worth the read in 2022.   The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham, 1944  The Razor’s Edge is told through the point of view of the author, W. Somerset Maugham. It follows characters Larry Darrell, Elliot…

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Feeling Our-shelves: With Lili and Reanna 

Editor’s note and trigger warning: This article contains mention of sexual assault.  In this edition, we each discuss a book that we recommend you read during Black History Month.   Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself – Harriet Ann Jacobs, 1861  Harriet Ann Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave…

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New book highlights racism in Nova Scotia high schools 

Habiba Cooper Diallo’s book #BlackInSchool is helping readers educate themselves on the Black experience during Black History Month.    Cooper Diallo’s book was released in September 2021 and details her experience as a Black student in the public school system, who fights back against systemic racism in Canadian schools.    Sparking change in Canadian schools  Cooper Diallo,…

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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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