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Northwestern BC is one of the most sparsely-populated places on the planet. In an area about the size of Eastern Europe (give or take), most homes are located along the ribbon of Highway 16, from Prince Rupert in the west to Prince George in the east. Perhaps because of this remoteness, there is a strong sense of community in this neck of the woods. When the closest town is at least a few hours’ drive, people need to work together to survive.  It’s not all paradise. In particular, the retail industry has been struggling for at least the last 10 years,...

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Each month, Muskeg Press will review one of our favourite books that we have on our bookshelf. We hope these reviews reinforce a love of literature for our readers, or perhaps give you some ideas for the next book on your list to read. Enjoy!   Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind by Lyall WatsonNew York Review Books, 2019: 384 pages First published in 1984 All sorts of invisible things influence our lives. Take the novel coronavirus (please): we can’t see it, unless we have a high-powered microscope, but we know it’s there, especially if we get sick with it....

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Each month, Muskeg Press will review one of our favourite books that we have on our bookshelf. We hope these reviews reinforce a love of literature for our readers, or perhaps give you some ideas for the next book on your list to read. Enjoy!           Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elementsby Hugh Aldersey-WilliamsPenguin Books, 2012: 428 pages           The physicist Richard Feynman, who worked on the Manhattan Project and won the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics, conducted a thought experiment of sorts in his book Six...

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There’s the old question: what books would you want to have if you were trapped on a desert island? These days, social distancing and quarantines has created millions of desert islands – our homes – where we’re told to stay away from everyone else, lest the apocalypse arrive. So it’s the perfect time to read those books you haven’t had a chance to read, or perhaps re-read the books you love, to discover new meanings and insights, or to refamiliarize yourself with the characters and plotlines that you might have forgotten. With that in mind, here’s a list of the...

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Each month, Muskeg Press will review one of our favourite books that we have on our bookshelf. We hope these reviews reinforce a love of literature for our readers, or perhaps give you some ideas for the next book on your list to read. Enjoy!   The Porpoise A novel by Mark Haddon Bond Street Books, 2019; 308 pages Stories, we’re told, help us make sense of the world: this crazy, messy, mad, mad, mad world. But when the world is really messy, and the reality is gouge-your-eyes-out terrible, how do you make sense of that? There’s this one story,...

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