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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.

Compassionate, good truck driver, likes kids, likes ice cream—the makings of a no-fail ice cream dude. Read more

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Jill Mandrake on the surprising effect of peanut brittle. Read more

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Jill Mandrake on City Poems by Joe Fiorito. Read more

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

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Jill Mandrake discusses Kevin Shaw's poetry. Read more

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

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Published by The Writers' Exchange, “this book was created by Division 6, Mrs. Mehnert’s grade 3 class, at Thunderbird Elementary in the winter of 2014.” Read more

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The poet and artist P.K. Page wrote Mexican Journal (Porcupine’s Quill) from 1960 to 1963, while posted in Mexico with her husband, Ambassador W. Arthur Irwin. Read more

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In The Abominable Mr. Seabrook, Joe Ollmann begins with a reflective preamble called “Me and Mr. Seabrook,” part of which reads, “I realized that no one knew about Seabrook’s work—all his books were out of print at the time…” Read more

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

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"Like most people who have seen the stand-up comedy and other stage-work of Charles Demers, I sure couldn’t pass up a book of his personal essays." Read more

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

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

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A review of a book of variations by bpNichol. Read more

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

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