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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Marisa Grizenko

Marisa Grizenko is the reviews editor for Event magazine.

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Complicity and Innocence

The latest from Antanas Sileika July | August 2023
In Some Unfinished Business, Antanas Sileika employs several effective strategies for creating suspense. He sets the stage for a momentous encounter between two people and resists revealing its purpose — connection? clarity? revenge? — for as long as possible. He repeatedly uses the title’s phrase, “some unfinished business,” the vagueness of which suggests anything from a casual task to an ominous…

The Western Terminus

In that place called Vancouver May 2022
Why might one read the hist­ory of a city? For many of us, it’s to gain context and an understanding of how a place came to be. After whom are these streets named? Who was welcomed here — or excluded? How did a city’s social policies develop, its neighbourhoods form, its parks and public spaces take…


A new translation of Marie-Claire Blais November 2021
In the opening of Marie-Claire Blais’s Songs for Angel, a woman named Mabel walks along a beach accompanied by her talkative parrot and two younger men. Petites Cendres and Robbie belong to a community of queer and trans performers whose work and lives revolve around the vibrant Porte du Baiser Saloon. They carry a heavy…

No Kidding

Jesters do oft prove prophets October 2021
Around my neighbourhood in Vancouver, it’s not uncommon to hear over the din of traffic a lone voice belting out arias. For decades, Opera Man, as he’s called by locals, has strolled the streets singing in Italian, and recently I heard an impassioned rendition of Aznavour’s “La Bohème.” Is this guy a delightful eccentric, dealing in whimsy and…

In the Margins

Life with Ulysses June 2020
Even if Dublin’s Bloomsday Festival, the annual celebration of James Joyce and Ulysses, is cancelled this year, there’s a good chance the modernist masterpiece may still find its way to new and returning readers. After all, many have responded to the pandemic by formulating ambitious plans: baking sourdough bread, perhaps, or training for a…

Some New Material

Sean Michaels bets on comedy December 2019
In Sean Michaels’s The Wagers, Theo Potiris is thirty-six, working at his family’s grocery store, Provisions K, and trying to make it as a comedian. When the novel opens, he’s surrounded by family: his two older siblings, their spouses and children, and his mother, Minnie, the family’s matriarch, an almost saintly woman with endless reserves of love for her family and…

Soap Opera

Scouring a soiled past November 2019
In recent years, water shortages around the world have prompted calls to action, often directed toward the individual: take fewer and shorter showers, launder clothes less often. Increasingly, environmental crises may force us to reckon with our choices — our culture of consumption, unequal distribution of resources, and environmental destruction — but they also prompt us to rethink deeply ingrained ways of…