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20 Canadian Women Writers Who #MakeAnImpact
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20 Canadian Women Writers Who #MakeAnImpact

This year’s theme for Canadian Women’s History Month is #MakeAnImpact. The works and lives of these twenty women writers show how women continue to shape and make an impact in Canada’s and the world’s literary scene. These books span genres from fantasy to contemporary to memoir. Some of these authors have only one or two...

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Witching The Book

by Margaret Kingsbury In fairy tales, witches are often scary, though not always. They sometimes eat children, curse innocent bystanders, poison fair maidens. But sometimes witches are the arbiters of goodness. When two stepsisters approach a witch and one helps her and the other mocks her in “Diamonds and Toads,” for instance, the kind sister...

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The Most Banned Books From 2018

by Margaret Kingsbury Started in 1982 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, Banned Books Weeks lists the top ten (in this case, eleven) challenged books in the United States using information compiled from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to the OIF. 2018’s list contains many books from previous years, with three new additions....

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10 #OwnVoices, Asian-inspired Fantasy YA Books of 2019

by Margaret Kingsbury This year brings a lot of amazing Asian #OwnVoices YA fantasy. While Asian characters and settings have been a part of fantasy for a long time, often these settings and cultural practices have been appropriated by white authors, and stereotypes abound. That’s one reason why it’s so important for more #OwnVoices Asian...

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Not Your Disney’s Cinderella

by Margaret Kingsbury No matter how many variations of “Cinderella” existed before Walt Disney’s film, every version after lay in its shadow, at least in the United States. The 1950 film saved the Walt Disney corporation from bankruptcy and became its highest grossing film at the time. And for good reason. With catchy songs, adorable...