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Literary Review of Canada Turns Twenty, Publishes Special Double Issue

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Our dear friends over at the Literary Review of Canada are celebrating their 20th anniversary! In honor of that achievement, they are rewarding you, dear lover-of-all-things-literary with a special double issue! They've passed along the details to us, and we'd like to share them with you because we think that this is a pretty exciting and thought provoking reading list. What's equally as exciting is that you can read a hearty sampling of these articles in full and for free on their website. LRC is a class act indeed.

Here's a breakdown of each article, with an appropriate link:

The year has been a stunning and shocking one for the capitalist way of life, which is quickly becoming global. John Hancock, a Canadian trade specialist at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, provides a roadmap-both hopeful and harrowing-through the new economic world we are living in. It's called "The Capitalist Revolution."

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/essays/2011/12/01/the-capitalist-revolution/ )

Richard Gwyn's much-awaited second volume on Sir John A. Macdonald, Nation Maker, tracking our first prime minister's life from Confederation to his death three and a half decades later, has appeared this fall and receives a masterful and thoughtful LRC review from renowned scholar and Trudeau biographer John English.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/an-unsentimental-portrait/ )

One of Canada's most gifted poets and authors, Dionne Brand, turns her attention as reviewer to Madeleine Thien's new novel exploring the Cambodian genocide, Dogs at the Perimeter.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/running-on-the-knife-s-edge/ )

The ongoing debate about foreign aid and overseas charities gets a burst of energy from Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child, in her new book, Damned Nations. We asked Ian Smillie, another impressive Canadian contributor to the debate, to provide a review.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/a-brilliant-polemic/ )

On-the-ground politics used to be something the Liberal Party of Canada did better than anyone else, but is that still true? Grassroots Liberals by Royce Koop explores this question, and former Liberal MP and leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay explores Koop's findings.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/all-over-the-map/ )

When it comes to doing the right thing for the environment, why do almost all of us fall woefully short? In a brilliant analysis of new works by David Suzuki and William Marsden, iconoclastic U of T philosopher and ethicist Joseph Heath says it's not our ignorance but our self-interest that gives us a failing grade.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/it-s-not-easy-being-green/ )

Artist Joyce Kline believes that by the time you finish reading Joshua Knelman's Hot Art, it will come as no surprise that someone can walk into a museum, pop a Rembrandt off the wall and make off with it in a bike basket, or that just months after the looting of the National Museum of Iraq a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum would be approached to buy bits of the spoils.

(See http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2011/12/01/black-market-culture/ )

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