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Southern Alberta Prairie Perspectives: Theory and Practice

"For those willing to put in the work, this is a treasure," writes Publisher's Weekly of Darcy Tamayose's Ezra's Ghosts, a collection of stories set in a quiet prairie town. 

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Book Cover It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken

It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, by Seth

My first introduction to cartoonist, Seth (a pen name for Gregory Gallant) was in the winter of 2014 when the exhibit, Seth: Dominion was presented at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. I was captivated by the sprawling Canadian cardboard-box town that included over 70 buildings along with related cultural, social, and political art pieces that collectively produced imagined urban space. This experience led to Seth’s graphic novels. It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken: A Picture Novella follows the main character who is in search of an obscure cartoonist from the 1940s timeframe while struggling with the meaning of his simple life. At the end of the book: Seth’s Kalo collection and a wonderful glossary.

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The World Up Close

Book Cover Cattail Skyline

Joanne Epp's latest collection is Cattail Skyline, which is up for giveaway right now—don't miss your chance to win.

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I come from a landscape best known for open spaces and wide skies. While I love that about the prairies, when I go out walking I’m just as likely to be attracted by small things: wildflowers, most often, but also birds, butterflies, and interesting twigs.

Likewise, when I write a poem, the starting point is inevitably something small and specific.

All these books share the quality of paying close attention to the small and particular, whether that’s a plot of land with all its seasonal changes or the distinction between one kind of wood-warbler and another.

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Manitoba Butterflies, by Simone Hébert Allard

This beautiful field guide contains life-sized photos of every butterfly found in Manitoba, arranged in order from largest (Monarch) to smallest (Least Skipper), along with enlarged photos of their eggs, larvae, and pupae. The book begins with a few chapters of general information, which I confess I have never read. I go straight to …

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