Do artists and their art contribute to the displacement of poor and working-class Hamiltonians? That’s the question explored by Stephen Dale and his book, “SHIFT CHANGE: SCENES FROM POST-INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.” He takes a look back at Hamilton’s rise and decline as an industrial city, but his main focus is Hamilton’s post-industrial re-emergence as a cultural hub for …Continue reading "Shift Change: A book review"
I focused on one of the most popular book trends of the decade, the personal essay. Women have been at the forefront of this trend with politically charged, personal, and, you sir will no longer silence me essays.Continue reading "Speaking Out: Best Essay Collections of 2019"
Like many Canadian cities, Hamilton is beset with crises of poverty. From the steady erosion of affordable housing, to an increasingly visible homeless population, to addiction, mental health, and the stigmatization of entire neighbourhoods, Hamilton struggles with both the direct and indirect costs of poverty. Society relies upon volunteer organizations and underfunded social services to …Continue reading "Review: When Poverty Mattered: Then and now"
The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern “Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.” This sentence in The Starless Sea is writer Erin Morgenstern taunting the reader. “Read my book. Find your story. Come on. I dare you”, Morgenstern challenges. …Continue reading "The Starless Sea: Land of Books and Honey"
Noah is about to spend his 80th birthday in Nice, France revisiting his birthplace that he hasn’t seen since he was four. His wife died almost a decade before, although she still pops in to be the sassy voice of reason in his head. He plans on investigating the mystery surrounding his mother when she …Continue reading "An odd couple in Nice – A book review of Akin by Emma Donoghue"