Africville: the untold story through a poet’s eyes

In this image: Headshot of Shauntay Grant.

Dalhousie University professor Shauntay Grant wrote her latest book on the history of Africville, but there’s a twist. This isn’t your typical research book; it’s a book targeted at teaching children about the community of Africville.  Grant, a Nova Scotian writer and assistant professor in the Dal English department wrote her new book about a…

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From prose to pop songs

Headshot of Mark Pineo.

Every November, Mark Pineo sits down at his computer and starts making an album of music. By the end of the month, it’s finished.  In his own way, Pineo, an audio instructor in the University of King’s College’s journalism program, participates in a contest called National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo).   Regularly, participants…

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Canada Reads opening eyes

With Canada Reads beginning just before university exams, there’s an easy opportunity to decide which of the contenders to put on your summer reading list.   The theme is ‘one book to open your eyes.’ The shortlist includes The Boat People, by Sharon Bala; American War by Omar El Akkad; Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson; Forgiveness…

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The Marrow Thieves opens readers eyes to Indigenous realities

“Mitch was smiling so big his back teeth shone in the soft-light of the solar-powered lamp we’d scavenged from someone’s shed.”   And so begins Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, one of the books up for this year’s Canada Reads competition.   The Marrow Thieves tells the story of a dystopian society where almost everyone has lost…

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Lost in translation

Translated texts are everywhere – they’re some of our favourite books, movie scripts, and articles.   But have you ever thought about the transformation a translated text had to undergo to land in your hands?  It’s interesting how much pressure a translator is under. They’re responsible for taking the native words and text and transforming it…

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