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A gift to Canada’s first mosque for its 80th

A gift to Canada’s first mosque for its 80th

The Al-Rashid Mosque, Canada’s first and one of the earliest in North America, was established in Edmonton against all odds and has become an enduring success story of community, resilience and the constant striving for peace.
A sure-handed and thoroughly entertaining mystery

A sure-handed and thoroughly entertaining mystery

Left, by Theanna Bischoff NeWest Press, 323 pp., $19.95 On the surface, this is a suspense novel about the disappearance of a young nurse in Calgary.
A sure-handed and thoroughly entertaining mystery

A sure-handed and thoroughly entertaining mystery

Left, by Theanna Bischoff NeWest Press, 323 pp., $19.95 On the surface, this is a suspense novel about the disappearance of a young nurse in Calgary.
A new way of looking at animals – and Calgary

A new way of looking at animals – and Calgary

Calgary: City of Animals, edited by Jim Ellis University of Calgary Press, 115 pp., $29.95 Some out-of-the-way books are obscure and deserve their lack of fame. Others are well constructed and make you think.
Out with the new, in with the old

Out with the new, in with the old

Now that the new fall season shows have begun and the Halloween decorations have been put away, it is crunch time for TV networks. Are any of the new shows working? (FBI, The Rookie and New Amsterdam are off to good starts in the ratings.

A new way of looking at animals – and Calgary

Calgary: City of Animals, edited by Jim Ellis University of Calgary Press, 115 pp., $29.95 Some out-of-the-way books are obscure and deserve their lack of fame. Others are well constructed and make you think.
The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs, by Ali Bryan Freehand Books, 305 pp., $21.95 June Figg, middle-aged mother of three, has problems. Her husband Randy appears to be loving and supportive but is sometimes lost in unquenchable optimism and woodworking projects.
The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs, by Ali Bryan Freehand Books, 305 pp., $21.95 June Figg, middle-aged mother of three, has problems. Her husband Randy appears to be loving and supportive but is sometimes lost in unquenchable optimism and woodworking projects.
Poetry in mourning: widow pens book of poems to her lost love

Poetry in mourning: widow pens book of poems to her lost love

By SCOTT HAYES St. Albert Gazette It’s not uncommon to express one’s grief for the loss of a lifelong spouse in writing. “My cousin said something quite beautiful: ‘Normand’s death birthed a poet.’ I was quite touched by that.
The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian, by Clem Martini University of Calgary Press, 362 pp., $24.99 Here’s a novel that’s great fun, although possibly not for the reasons that a casual glance may suggest. The title does not refer to comics on late-night television.