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Patty Osborne on Shtisel—an Israeli TV series about an ultra-religious Jewish family in Jerusalem. Read more

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At fourteen, swimming for hours before school and boarding a Russian cargo ship. Read more

Prose

Mary Schendlinger on Natalia Ginzburg's narrative of her family during the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. Read more

Reviews

It seems an invasion of privacy to interview a man about his afterlife. Read more

Prose

There was a fire in your former home, it was on the news. You brought me here, once, in my youth when nothing impressed me. Read more

POETRY

Joseph always told me, you belong to Newfoundland. Don’t call yourself a Canadian. You are an islander, despite an Alberta birth certificate. Read more

FICTION

Jimmy McKay brought our mom seven seagull eggs. To this day I wonder how he could have known they were about to hatch. Read more

FACT

"My father began his shopping spree in the fashion department. He ordered jackets, sweaters, shirts, trousers and shoes. In his new wardrobe he looks like a mummy that has been dressed up for a big night of trick-or-treating." Read more

Dispatches

"You know what I think it's worth?" Goldie said. "Fifteen bucks for the frame." Read more

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my blood has blessed these sidewalks longer than the waters of Misipawistik have washed my village Read more

POETRY

Rambunctious children bother Comrade Gas Jockey, Crazy Sea Foam and a man named 3.14 in Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret by Ondjaki. Read more

FICTION

"My father believes the world is coming to an end, yet he commits his life to curing the sick." Dispatch by Marko Sijan. Read more

Dispatches

"My daughter has fallen in love with a professional hockey player. He refers to her as his puck bunny, which I have decided to find cute." Read more

FICTION

A snapshot in the life of Hiroshi Morita: nuclear bomb survivor, Canadian interment camp inhabitant and prolific photographer of Toronto. Read more

PHOTOGRAPHY

"She insisted that I write into your will that the funeral must not be held in the rain." "Whose funeral?" I asked. "Yours." Read more

FICTION

"In this poem my father is not drunk. He does not phone me this December night and beg me to invite him for Christmas." Read more

POETRY

A bricklayer's daughter is banished to Hungary in Patricia Young's First Prize-winning entry to the Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. Read more

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Sucking marrow from his chicken bones, spitting the splinters on the rim of a white china plate. Read more

POETRY

Jennifer Delisle recounts the tale of Jean Chaulk: servant, mother, grandmother, shipwreck saviour. Read more

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A young Canadian man visits family in Pakistan to settle a generational feud. Read more

Dispatches

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