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Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

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June 14, 2020
Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

Keith G. Powell, In the Shadow of Elephants (Cranbrook: Wild Horse Creek Press, 2019), 302 pages (paper), $21.95. Billed as a historical novel, Kootenay writer-publisher Keith G. Powell has crafted a multi-tasking book that doubles as a local history and triples as a photographic tour of the pioneer days of the East and West Kootenays. The...
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Fighting Hate – A Book Review

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May 21, 2020
Fighting Hate – A Book Review

Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey From Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), 320 pages (soft cover), $22.95. As a Canadian living in the United States, I am witnessing an era of deepening tensions fueled by racial, class and gender hate. Tony McAleer’s book seemed a possible...
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My Covid-19 Heroine – An Appreciation

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May 15, 2020
My Covid-19 Heroine – An Appreciation

“At long last , we have finally made a truly game-changing scientific breakthrough in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We have found a disease-control tool that, when used properly, can reduced transmission by somewhere between 50% and 85%. The tool is cheap and remarkably low-tech. You can even make one at home.” From “The...
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Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

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April 29, 2020
Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

Norm Boucher, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2020), 181 pages, (paper). We’re on the toughest section of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. The hookers and dopers mingle with the gays and straights all of them looking to score something. We could be in a scene from DaVinci’s Inquest, the top-quality TV...
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Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

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March 5, 2020
Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

I don’t know what it is that attracts the National Rifle Association to me. The closest I ever came to owning a gun was as a young boy when I had a second-hand BB gun that usually didn’t work. So why, decades later, has the NRA decided to target me as a potential member?...
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Golden City Yarns – A Book Review

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February 28, 2020
Golden City Yarns – A Book Review

Ron Shearer, Chicanery, Civility & Celebrations: Tales of Early Rossland (Rossland: Rossland Heritage Commission, 2019), 170 pages, $24.95 (paper). Kootenay history buffs have long savoured the storytelling talents of Ron Shearer, a retired UBC economics professor turned amateur historian. Now, in a randomly presented selection of stories, he takes us back to the mining...
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Follow the Black Cat – A Book Review

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February 26, 2020
Follow the Black Cat – A Book Review

Graphic History Collective, Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2019), large format, 60 pages, $14.95 (soft cover).             I just barely squeaked through my high school history class. I liked it, but I wasn’t good at memorizing dates and I had questions about...
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Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

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October 18, 2019
Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

Raymond Caballero, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma Press, 2019), 320 pages, $29.95 (paper). Just when books about the history of Communist trade unions seem to have waned, Portland historian Raymond Caballero brings to life the horrors of the Second Red Scare in the 1950s through an account of the trials and tribulations...
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A-Bomb film recognized

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September 14, 2019
A-Bomb film recognized

Codename Project 9 continues to win film festival recognition with an “official selection” at the Vegas Movie Awards Festival in Las Vegas. It didn’t make the final cut at this new “prestigious monthly competition and annual film festival,” but is listed among the selections posted on the festival’s web site. You now can see...
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New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

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August 3, 2019
New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

African-American singer-actor-activist Paul Robeson continues to inspire and raise awareness of the controversial politics that surrounded the man, as the new play 8 Hotels attests. Early reviews of the play, playing on the London stage August 1-24, 2019, do not indicate that playwright Nicholas Wright’s script includes Robeson’s famed Peace Arch concerts in the...
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