July–August 2013

The word ‘locavore’ is noted in the Oxford English Dictionary as being invented in the early 21st century, while the word ‘globavore’ isn’t even listed yet in the OED. That’s how recent the world’s latest food fight is. A spirited round of the ongoing battle between the 100-mile diet and feeding the world’s hungry took place in Winnipeg at the SPUR Festival with Sarah Elton, author of Consumed, and Pierre Desrochers, co-author of The Locavore’s Dilemma as the contestants. We’re delighted to give our online readers a taste of this pungent debate.

When Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes appeared in Dutch translation under the title Het Negerboek, the author received an e-mail from Holland that began, “Dear Sir, I intend to burn your book . . .” This led Hill to write a book-length essay on the vexed question of book-burning, an inquiry our reviewer Rinaldo Walcott carries several steps further, exploring reaction to the book in both Canada and the United States as well as the Netherlands.

The senior siblings of Confederation, Ontario and Quebec, seem to ignore each other most of the time, so a book by a respected Quebec academic on Ontario economy, culture and social structure is a rare bird indeed. But that is what Jean-Louis Roy has produced in Ontario in Transition: Achievements and Challenges.  Our pan-Canadian reviewer is journalist Barbara Yaffe, born and brought up in Quebec, transplanted to Ontario in 1971, and living and writing in Vancouver since 1988.

More challenging summer reading from the LRC. Enjoy.

Bronwyn Drainie