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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 on False Memories and Other Likely Tales by Ernest Hekkanen. more

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Jill Mandrake discusses Kevin Shaw's poetry. more

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Jill Mandrake on "The Orwell Tapes" compiled by Stephen Wadhams. more

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"Drawing the Line: The How to Draw Book" is best suited for young artists who are interested in graphic novels or comic stories. more

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Jill Mandrake a new series called Christmas Ghost Stories (Biblioasis), selected and illustrated by Seth. more

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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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