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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

Decisions, decisions

Keep in Touch

Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

Richard Cumyn

Richard Cumyn is the author of seven books, the most recent, Constance, Across, being a novella (Quattro Books, 2011).

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The Complications of Colour

A runaway slave leaves the U.S. as black and arrives in Canada as white May 2012
he Tinsmith, Tim Bowling’s fourth novel, is a provocative, ambitious, exciting story. It opens on September 17, 1862, at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland: 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perished that day, the bloodiest in American history. Anson Baird, a young Union surgeon pushed to the point of exhaustion, treats casualties in…

Dilemmas of the Diaspora

Irony, immortality and matrimony arise in stories of cross-cultural contact October 2011
Family is all we know of infinity, the insolence of fate. We are born to strangers we must learn to love, in a town or country we would not have chosen, into a tribe that defines and restricts our growth. We spend a lifetime overcoming the givens, only to turn back from the distant vantage point of fifty years when the parents are…