Seven Fallen Feathers (2017) – Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers is a defining book. It is a haunting, distressing and angering discourse on racism and loss in Northern Ontario, and across Canada. Talaga, a dedicated and insightful journalist turns her investigative eye, shining it like a spotlight onto a piece of Canadian life that many of us are loathe to discuss, accept,…

The Disciple of Las Vegas (2011) – Ian Hamilton

  I’m so glad that when I bought the first Ava Lee novel, I had the next one on my bedside table ready to go, because as I mentioned in the previous post, I am reading these voraciously. I haven’t been devouring books this quickly since my introduction to the Expanse novels! Picking up just…

Avenged (2013) – Micheal S. Ojeda

  Releasing from Anchor Bay today, was this supernatural revenge thriller, that surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. I thought it would be a little enjoyable, but I found myself really getting into this one. Zoe (the lovely Amanda Adrienne) is a deaf/mute girl on a road trip to spend some time with her…

TIFF 2013: Empire of Dirt – Peter Stebbings

  Empire of Dirt is the latest offering from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings, and while I haven’t yet seen his first film (Defendor), I was definitely looking forward to delving into this second effort. The film opens with TIFF 2013 Rising Star Cara Gee as Lena, the young, single mother of a teenaged girl, who works…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 1

  TIFF is under way, and screening today and tomorrow at the Lightbox is the first full programme of shorts. This collection features some amazing visuals and camera work, some odd stories, and a dazzling compilation of talent. Comprised of 6 titles, there’s a little bit of everything in this collection, and I was quite taken…

The Lesser Blessed (2012) – Anita Doron

There was a moment in Anita Doron’s desolate, poignant and starkly beautiful adaptation of Richard Van Camp’s novel when Joel Evans character of Larry Sole crystallized not only as a real person for me, but as a lens to view my own youth (admittedly nowhere near as troubling, but there were pieces of my own…