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Thirty-fourth Issue
Volume 14, No. 2

..where to find the mrb

The Mrb Is Available At The Following Locations:


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


Bats Or Swallows
Reviewed by Taylor Tower

Lives: Whole And Otherwise
Reviewed by Rosel Kim

Reviewed by Kimberly Bourgeois

Spat The Dummy
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Obituary
Reviewed by Anna Leventhal

Three Deaths
Reviewed by Rob Sherren


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


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

The Pre-emptive Humanitarian

By Aparna Sanyal

New Document “How many kids can you shoot?” asks Lt.-Gen. the Honourable Romeìo Dallaire (ret’d), fixing me with a penetrating blue s... READ MORE

Polaroid Poet

By Abby Paige

New Document “I like snapshots,” Gillian Sze says brightly. There is a plate of charmingly small cookies between us, and she is takin... READ MORE


By Eric Boodman

New Document There is a whole branch of philosophy about the Just War, but Dimitri Nasrallah remains sceptical. “Ultimately, war is c... READ MORE

When Rights Are Wronged

By Mélanie Grondin

New Document The conventional wisdom is that history is told from the perspective of the victors. But in Canada the “winning” side do... READ MORE

We wish to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage and SODEC for their generous support, without which this publication would not exist.

Montreal Review of Books
is published by the
Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) on a combination of FSC-certified Enviro 100 and 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Circulation 50,000

Aparna Sanyal Editor
Mélanie Grondin Associate Editor
David LeBlanc Designer
Michael Wile Advertising National
Vanessa Bonneau Editorial Assistant
Prosenjit Dey Chaudhury Editorial Intern

Thanks to Julia Kater for proofreading assistance.

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