After a year-long planning process, the University of Saskatchewan Library has launched a new search feature called USearch. Anyone who has visited the library's home page since Jan. 9 will know that USearch has been given prime real estate. It is now the first tool at your disposal in searching the library for academic resources.
The Festival of Words is simultaneously one of the most popular arts and culture events in Canada and, seemingly, Saskatchewan's best-kept secret. Even though I grew up knowing about it and have been attending for the past seven years, whenever I bring it up in conversation, the response is, “Oh, what's that?” Read on
Dianne Warren's Cool Water is a demure, unassuming novel perfectly tuned to the pace of life in small-town Saskatchewan. It was also the ideal book to read over the Christmas holidays.
There is only one word that truly describes One Day by David Nicholls and that is: “real.”
David Mitchell's sprawling epic of unparalleled ambition and oneiric fantasy fuses together a seemingly disparate agglomeration of narratives into a work of startling vigour and resonance. It was even shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004.
Ulysses, a colleague of mine once deftly observed, “is the novel of the 20th century.” I responded, “Ulysses may indeed be the novel of the 20th century, but Martin Amis's Money is the best novel about the 20th century.”
Ostensibly a collection of loosely journalistic articles covering the 1972 American presidential campaign, Thompson's masterpiece contains much more than straightforward political reportage. It is a deeply personal memoir of one man's attempt to comprehend the rapidly changing nature of American politics.
Nothing is new in this book; in Shirer's account Hitler is still a vile man and his henchmen still do vile things. Why then, you might justifiably wonder, is this colossal book so important?
I grew up questioning the authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. I did not believe Harper Lee wrote it. I didn't even think that she could have written it. It was too good and too profound.
Catch-22, Joseph Heller's magnificently subversive rumination on the madness of war, the evils of bureaucracy and the ineluctable absurdity of the human condition, is my favourite novel. I have read it a dozen times over, and it comes easily to hand whenever I find myself slouching about, opening books at random.