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Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Helsing (Vampire Mystery)

Hasn’t had much proof reading, and has a lot of issues. Plus my grammar is horrible. Should I make a second chapter? HelsingThe smell of death was still ripe in the air. Not that I wasn’t used to it. With the nature of my work this ...

What Happens Now That The College Strike is Over?

The college strike is over. After more than a month without classes, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has pushed through back-to-work legislation. That means the 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians, who had been ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating the holiday today or this weekend.  I hope that it is the best Thanksgiving ever! I’ll be celebrating with my family in Connecticut. One of our traditions that goes back for 30+ ...

6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Carrie Smith There’s usually at least one confession in a police procedural, so let me start this column with mine. I’m not a police officer, and I...

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Returned from the wilds…

We finally got power back yesterday, the 13th of November, 55 days after hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico. We still have no running water and remain dependent on collected rainwater, which is thankfully plentiful right now. We have a fil...

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Study Abroad – Tips for A Canadian Student

Looking for a way to make your experience at college or university exceptional? Consider studying abroad. It is a great opportunity to experience a new culture, language, and country! There are two ways to complete an international exchange...


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