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Jill Mandrake


Jill Mandrake writes strange but true stories and leads Sister DJ’s Radio Band, featuring rhythm and blues covers, post-vaudeville original tunes and occasional comedy bits.

Jill Mandrake reviews Local Customs by Audrey Thomas, a ghost story and murder mystery set in West Africa. more

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Jill Mandrake reviews There Can Never Be Enough by David Arnason, a combination of dreamscape and tragicomic monologue. more

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Jill Mandrake is blown away by South of Elfrida by Holley Rubinsky, a journey into "the land of guilt and sorrow." more

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Jill Mandrake reviews Joe Ollmann's graphic novel about a high school biology teacher who suddenly remembers being abducted by aliens. more

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A review of a book of variations by bpNichol. more

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The UK literary journal, Flash, features concise forms of microfiction: short-short stories also known as "flashes". more

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"I hope you will agree that we more sensitive teenagers grew up surrounded by irony." Jill Mandrake calls George Bowering's memoir his most provocative work yet. more

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Kids with Coca-Cola, 1959. Photo courtesy Jill Mandrake.

On the merry-go-round, you just shouted out a des­ti­na­tion and all the kids pushed until every­one agreed we’d arrived. more

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Jill Mandrake reviews George Bowering's Caprice, "a poetic eulogy for a shrinking literary landscape." more

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The Red Kite, a painting by Soizick Meister

Honourable mention in the 2009 Fortune Cookie Contest. more

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The fleeting appearance of a familiar ghost haunts the pages of Jill Mandrake's story, loosely based on actual events. more

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A passionate and (nearly) complete compendium from an emotionally invested fanatic. more

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Ronald Wright explores the modern history of our southern neighbour in What Is America? A Short History of the New World Order, reviewed by Jill Mandrake. more

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For the folks out there who are indifferent to what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book seems to whisper, “Stop eating your grilled Gruyère cheese with Roma tomatoes and red onion on open-face sourdough long enough to read me, if you please more

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A promo for this work described it as erotic, although a more accurate term might be sensual, or even celebratory. Some of the passages, like this one from “Condo,” remind me of certain lines from the later essays of D.H. Lawrence, for they detail th more

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A lot of people don’t like to admit they rely on self-help or prosperity-oriented writing. My feeling is, squeeze all the good you can out of it. Try Money, Success and You for its sheer practical value. Discover what to do when someone double-cross more

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I was reluctant to show up at my ten-year high school reunion. My old neighbourhood was difficult to get to on public transit, and the autumn weather was chillier than usual. more

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The question that pops to mind as you read Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters (TouchWood) is, “Why does British Columbia house so many spooks?” Robert Belyk does not provide a specific answer, but he does say that ghosts are likelier to manifest more

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The finest current ghost-story anthology originates in British Columbia—Ashcroft, to be exact. All Hallows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society is a thrice-yearly periodical that needs to be more widely known. more

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The Man Who Killed Houdini by Don Bell (Véhicule Press) is the story of J. Gordon Whitehead, who, as the accepted story goes, was chatting with Houdini in Montreal, along with three McGill students, when he unexpectedly punched Houdini in the stomach more

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