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Toiling in Munro country

KERRY LEE POWELL

PERSONAL ESSAY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW BUZZELL

I read Alice Munro for the first time when I was living in a semi-abandoned cottage near an open-cast coal mine in Wales. We had no TV and no central heating and the nearest village was a two-mile walk down a railway track. I read her as a cure for homesickness at first: losing myself in her work was a way of returning to an adolescence spent in southern Ontario. I worked my way through every book of hers in the village’s small library. At the time I felt like I had little in common with the genteel characters she largely wrote about, or the atmosphere of repressed longing that informed so many of her stories.

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FRONTMATTER
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Little Free Library owners can be zealous stewards – but not everyone finds membership rewarding
Nathan Whitlock on great and terrible news from the book world
Words of advice for authors looking to write for the playground set
Emily Schultz’s 2012 novel gets a film treatment
The Regina Public Library has a history of innovative community programming
Alice Munro’s fiction charts a course to addressing trauma with grace, writes
FEATURES
Is it time for Canadian gay literature to leave its comfort zone and respond to the Grindr generation?
OUR 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW suggested there was reason to
Five booksellers share their picks for 2016 cover designs with front-facing appeal
Q&Q editors reveal some of their favourite releases of 2016
Chef Derek Dammann and food journalist Chris Johns share insights into their debut cookbook, showcasing Canadian cuisine
Q&Q contributors select their favourite releases of the year
Q&Q’s Books for Young People editor shares her favourite children’s titles of 2016
Three authors speak to adapting their adult non-fiction titles for young readers
A trio of 2016 books troubles the distinction between novels and short stories
REVIEWS
Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart anticipate Canada’s sesquicentennial in two new volumes
Two promising first poetry collections employ common tropes to good effect
Vintage Canadian noir has distinct pleasures, but also tends to show its age
Two French-Canadian novels in translation employ innovative narrative tactics, to varying results
Two new books provide graphic, though incomplete, pictures of a notorious New Brunswick murder
Two graphic novels find different approaches to life during war
Margaret Atwood reconceives Shakespeare’s final play, with mixed results
BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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A pair of new titles aims to inform kids about life on Earth and around it
Susan Hughes offers a comprehensive look at our country’s history of immigration
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BOOK MAKING
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