An audience member during the second intermission of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee performance of Rossini's William Tell reported to the management that a man had been observed sprinkling...
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It was one of the more surprising discoveries of my research for Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War. Sifting through piles of letters and memorabilia, I came across a crumpled photo of my father with the Royal Family on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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We live in the most autobiographical era of human history, documenting and sharing the minutiae of our daily lives. It's hard to know what impact this will have on memoirs yet unwritten. Memoir, as a genre, has been under intense scrutiny since that watershed moment in 2006 which saw James Frey tumble from Oprah poster boy to flailing pariah.
Through the lens of cotton, we see the expansion of capitalism as the global process it was, and not as the Eurocentric story we had accepted for all too long. The history of cotton is important in its own right, but even more significantly, it allows us to trace the emergence of the modern world that is so familiar to all of us.
From James Bond, to Get Smart, to the original Man From U.N.C.L.E., pop culture has enjoyed decades of entertaining spy stories in print and on film and TV. But every great story has a kernel of truth...
It's no secret, we're obsessed with espionage. For decades now, we've been flocking to movie theatres to catch spies putting smooth moves on the enemy in order to get a couple of juicy secrets. Someti...
"Madness is a childish thing," Barbara Taylor writes in The Last Asylum, a memoir of her two decades as a mental patient in England. The book records her breakdown, her 21-year-long analysis, her periods as an inmate at Friern Mental Hospital (The Iron Mother) in North London.
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After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents -- first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother -- author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies.
Publishers plan for the Buy For Daddy Effect and release hundreds of new titles in December to entice and confuse people in that last-minute push to find the right book to put under the tree this year. In the genre of Canadian Literary Non-Fiction, the choices are staggering -- but luckily, there is help!
Ottawa author Charlotte Gray is the winner of the 2014 Toronto Book Award for her non-fiction book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country. She is 40th author to ca...
I have done it in a plane. On a train. There was that time amongst Cuba's sugar cane. Always too often in the rain, and even yes, once in Spain (well a Spanish restaurant). I have never organised or a...
Charles Taylor Prize
As a child, I scanned the shelves of the library until I finally found The Trial of Steven Truscott, by Isobel LeBourdais. I was fascinated with this young boy's tragic life and prepared my class report. "I think Steven is innocent," I declared in front of the class.
Some books burrow themselves into a place in your heart. I don't know how this happens, but it does. You find yourself hoping that your favourites will make the short list...and regretting that some that you love do not receive that same enthusiastic support.
Huffingtonpost Canada is proud to be a new sponsor of the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Our readers can look forward to reading an excerpt from each of the five finalists,...