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TRB Podcast: The Master Critic and the Review – Robert Cushman at York University

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On October 18, 2011, renowned critic Robert Cushman spoke on “The Master Critic and the Review” at York University: the TRB is delighted to be able to bring you his lecture. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Cushman’s bio on the York...

TRB Podcast: Mike Carey at the 2nd Annual Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

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As part of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium on October 15, 2011, and sponsored by The Beguiling, comic-writer Mike Carey presented a talk entitled “Speak of the Dazzling Wings”: Myth, Language, and Modern Fantasy.” Listen, and enjoy. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have...

TRB Issue Two: Now Live!

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Today we’re thrilled to bring you the second issue of The Toronto Review of Books, complete with seven great essays, two marvelous poems and a Q&A, not to mention a spiffy new webdesign. If you’re free, join us at our launch party tomorrow, January 10th, at 8 p.m. at Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Ave., Kensington Market, Toronto. All the best for 2012. Keep warm and keep reading...

Species Counterpoint: Reverberations of Jenny Sampirisi’s Croak

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Reviewed in this Sight-Reading: Croak, by Jenny Sampirisi. Coach House Press, 2011. Why did I introduce into the text all those extraordinary frogs and legs and things, all that fermenting matter, isolating them on the page only by the style, the cold and disciplined tone, and demonstrating to the reader how completely I dominated the ferment? –Witold Gombrowicz When opening up Jenny Sampirisi’s...

On the Real Way to Eat like a Caveman

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Hear this piece read by its author, Dylan Gordon: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Reviewed in this essay: Ancestral Appetites: Food in Prehistory by Kristen J. Gremillion. Cambridge University Press, 2011. We humans have learned to eat a great number...

Need-to-Know: On Area 51

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Hear this piece read by its author, Matthew Farish: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Reviewed in this essay: Annie Jacobsen, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base Little, Brown and Co., 2011. Trevor Paglen, Blank Spots...

On Learning How to Share: A Review of the Seven Billion

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Hear this piece read by its author, Mary Albino: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. With baby Danica’s Halloween arrival, the planet’s population officially reached seven billion. It’s an estimate of course—the margin of error is six months in either...

Chris Stevens on Alice for the iPad, Book Apps, and Toronto: a Q & A

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TRB: Released in the spring of 2010, Alice for the iPad became a huge, Oprah-featured hit that is credited with convincing reading publics of how book apps could be even more fun and engaging than paper books. How many times has Alice been downloaded by now? Were you surprised by its reception? How have traditional book publishers and book reviewers reacted to it? CS: Alice is installed on over...

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Gas Girls

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For this piece, Will Goldbloom, a theatre historian, and Zack Russell, a theatre artist, read Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Gas Girls, published in 2011 by Playwrights Canada Press. They wrote up their thoughts separately, then the TRB recorded their first conversation about the play. Listen to their discussion: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this...

Going to bed for the holidays…

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Dear avid readers: Many books, back issues, and missed blog posts are crying out for attention, so the TRB is curling up in bed to read till January. Thank you for an immensely fun first few months on the planet. All the best for all your seasonable fests—and don’t forget to join us in welcoming the new year and TRB Issue Two at our launch party on January 10, at Poetry Bar in Kensington...

TRB Podcast: Umberto Eco at the Toronto Reference Library

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On November 16, the CBC’s Michael Enright interviewed Umberto Eco on his latest novel, The Prague Cemetery, at the Toronto Reference Library.* Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Unfortunately, our file is a little quiet—so you may prefer to watch...

TRB Podcast: Polar Imprints: Book Historian Hester Blum at the University of Toronto

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Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. On November 17 as part of the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series, and in Association with the Centre for the Study of the United States, Hester Blum (Penn State University) spoke on “Polar Imprints”: Narratives...