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REVIEW: Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel

This year saw a splash in the Canadian literary scene, as Yann Martel published Beatrice & Virgil, his first book since the Man-Booker prize-winning Life of Pi, which was released in 2002. In doing so, he was given an advance of $1 million: the highest fee ever paid for a Canadian novel.

The darker side of Canadian history

Yves Engler has laid out a difficult task for himself. Although most Canadians believe Canada's foreign policy is built on peacekeeping and resolving conflicts, Engler is out to disprove such notions.

More science than fiction

The large hadron collider is a giant scientific instrument straddling the Switzerland-France border. This fall, the machine will run its first full experiment, recreating energy levels unseen since the big bang. No one knows for sure what will happen but Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has a guess.

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The mother of all Dadas

The Baroness Else Von Freytag-Loringhoven is a relatively obscure historical figure. Though she ran in artistic circles which included Ezra Pound, Marcel Duchamp and William Carlos Williams, the influence of her life and art has been largely unacknowledged. In the early 20th century, the Baroness (who acquired her title from one

Canadian author writes international science fiction

The first book in Robert J. Sawyer's new trilogy is different than anything he's ever written. Wake deals with taking a scientific leap of imagination, watching as the World Wide Web gains consciousness. But that's not where the difference lies; Sawyer's books are always imaginative, fresh and engaging. The difference is in the characters.

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