POETRY: Fermented Love

Fermented Love I’ve been sipping on my own vanity for too long and the tea bag’s turned me bitter. I’ve been yours for so long that I’ve forgotten I am…

Decolonizing language: Jordan Abel’s poetry breaks rules, erases boundaries

My first exposure to Jordan Abel came in my second-year poetry class at the University of Victoria. Abel came into our class to perform several pieces, and rather than stand…

Local authors speak to the wild in all of us

Lorna Crozier and Brian Brett have a lot to say. In an interview with the two authors, the discussion ranges from dancing with parrots, to Nietzsche, to the dialects of…

The ultimate trade: Thirty years of Blood Meridian

One way to judge the merits of a novel is by its shelf life. For example, Herman Melville’s seminal Moby Dick was a commercial and critical flop during the author’s…

Graphic content to wrap up your summer

Archie #1 (Archie Comics) Archie comics have seen a renaissance in recent years, with the 2013 launch of Afterlife with Archie and the introduction of an openly gay character being…


April 3–May 1 ART VICTORIA ARTISTS MAKING A SCENE IN THE ’60s A new exhibit comes to Legacy Art Gallery featuring an array of works from Victoria artists in the…

Knife Party at Hotel Europa is a sensory reading experience

Hopping from Canada to Italy and back again, Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at Hotel Europa darts from place-to-place, moment-to-moment, and observation-to-observation in a collection of poignantly linked stories that…

Spoken word with Shane Koyczan

Only groundbreaking Canadian spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan can turn a fart into an insightful slam piece about being human. In fact, this was one of my favorite pieces that he…

Festival showcases homegrown tomes

Wondering what 23 publishers, 300 authors, 50 bookstores, and 40 libraries will be doing in April? They’re involved in Read Local BC, a month-long campaign initiated by the Association of…

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