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Thirty-fourth Issue
Volume 14, No. 2
 




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features

Niko
By Eric Boodman

The Anatomy Of Clay
By Abby Paige

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children / Mobilizing The Will To Intervene: Leadership To Prevent Mass Atrocities
By Aparna Sanyal


fiction

Bats Or Swallows
Reviewed by Taylor Tower

Lives: Whole And Otherwise
Reviewed by Rosel Kim

Midway
Reviewed by Kimberly Bourgeois

Spat The Dummy
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Obituary
Reviewed by Anna Leventhal

Three Deaths
Reviewed by Rob Sherren



non-fiction

Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education In Autism
Reviewed by Leila Marshy

Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure
Reviewed by Joni Dufour

The Republic Of Therapy
Reviewed by Sarah Fletcher

Writing In The Time Of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes To Blue Metropolis
Reviewed by Gregory J. Reid

You Could Lose An Eye: My First 80 Years In Montreal
Reviewed by Joel Yanofsky


non-fiction at a glance

Eeyou Istchee: Land Of The Cree/terre Des Cris
Reviewed by Carol Katz

The Origin Of A Person
Reviewed by Prosenjit Dey Chaudhury



poetry

Blood Is Blood
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Hard Feelings
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Poets And Killers
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Song Of The Taxidermist
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Collected Books Of Artie Gold
Reviewed by Bert Almon

The Truth Of Houses
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Where We Might Have Been
Reviewed by Bert Almon


the mile end café

The October Crisis, 1970 An Insider’s View/trudeau's Darkest Hour, War Measures In Time Of Peace, October 1970
Reviewed by Mélanie Grondin


the mrb cartoon

Image By Jean-philippe Marcotte


young readers

Captured: The Divided Realms Series, Book 1
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Into The Mist: The Story Of The Empress Of Ireland
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Milo: Sticky Notes And Brain Freeze
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Noni Says No
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Raffi’s New Friend
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Today, Maybe
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham

Without You
Reviewed by Andrea Belcham





Louise Abbott And Niels Jensen
$$50
hardcover 252 pp.
Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA)
non-fiction at a glance

Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree/Terre des Cris
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New Document Louise Abbott - writer, photographer, and filmmaker - has devoted most of her career to documenting the history and contemporary life of indigenous communities. Indeed, she wrote and directed the first film on the history of the Inuit of Nunavik. Her latest book Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree/Terre des Cris, a comprehensive photo-essay about the Cree of eastern James Bay, was produced in collaboration with her husband, Niels Jensen, well-known cabinetmaker and photographer.

From the very beginning, Eeyou Istchee takes readers on an adventure into the land of the Cree. With over 200 striking photographs, the book offers reader hours of pleasure and delight. Whether you read Eeyou Istchee from cover to cover or simple open it at random, both the black and white archival pictures and the colorful modern photographs offer a glimpse of the Cree way of life : the caribou hunt, fishing, winter walks, children's activities, flora and fauna, and portraits of the elders. Some of the landscapes, taken by award-winning photographers Abbott and Jensen, look like actual paintings. The trilingual text - written in English, French, and Cree - adds to the book's charm.

Although the once-Nomadic Cree now live in modern communities, the authors show, through stunning photographs, mini-essays, and detailed captions, how the Cree identify with their natural habitat and traditions; a recurring theme throughout the book. Being on the land and in the bush enables the Cree to spiritually reconnect with their ancestors. As Bradley Georgekish of Wemindji points out: "The old ways keep us balanced … They show us where we've been, and we need to know where we've been to know who we are and where we're going."

Having spent extensive periods of time with the James Bay Cree, Abbott and Jensen mostly based their text on firsthand observations and personal interviews. A selected bibliography of books and websites for further reading and research is included.

Published by the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) to promote tourism in Eeyou Istchee (Cree for "Land of the Cree") and to encourage non-native people to learn about their values and their way of life, the book takes a unique look at Eeyouch (Cree for the inhabitants of Eeyou Istchee).

Carol Katz is an emerging writer living in Montreal.