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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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Rudy Kelly's debut novel, All Native, will be released in about a fortnight. In the meantime, here's a small preview. Enjoy!   That summer, word got out that Jeannie was moving and when BJ told Nate, Nate tried to hide the sound of his heart breaking. He just nodded and said he had heard, although he hadn’t. “I think you should say goodbye,” said BJ, assuming an unfamiliar sensitive guy posture; it was like watching Charles Bronson trying to talk a bad guy into an apology instead of just beating the crap out of him. “What am I supposed to do?” asked...

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With a few weeks to go before All Native is officially launched, Muskeg Press caught up with author Rudy Kelly to discuss the All Native Basketball Tournament, the writing process, and his best Halloween costume. Chris Armstrong: I am here with Rudy Kelly, the author of All Native. But I think the question that most people have on their minds, Rudy, is: you dressed up as “Muskeg Man” for Halloween a while ago. How long did it take you to put that costume together? Rudy Kelly: Well, probably at least three hours. There was a considerable grass skirt that I used...

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If you're like me, you're in a slight panic mode because there's only a few days 'til Christmas and you’re only about 62 per cent finished your shopping. You may be in the realm of uncertainty, not knowing what to get for those last few people on your list. But Muskeg Press wants to help you! If you’ve good a book-lover in your family or circle of friends, you may want to peruse the list below. They’re a list of some of the books I read this year, and hopefully, they’ll give you some last-minute gift ideas. Enjoy, and, good...

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