Monthly Archives: June 2008

Club Native

Tracey Deer’s documentary Club Native is showing at Toronto’s NFB Mediatheque (150 John St.) on June 21, 23, 34, and 25. I saw this terrific film at the Hot Docs festival in April. It tells the stories of four women who live in Kahnawake (a Mohawk reserve in Quebec). Two of the women are the offspring of mixed marriages (they have one Mohawk parent and one white or black parent), and two of the women have fallen in love with non-Native men. All four women face the possibility of losing their membership in the reserve as a result.

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Queer CanLit

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has an exhibition running until August 29th which I highly recommend: “Queer CanLit: Canadian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Literature in English.” At yesterday’s reception to celebrate the exhibition, three of the featured authors read from their work: Shyam Selvadurai, Shani Mootoo, and Wayson Choy. The exhibition is co-sponsored by U.C.’s Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and curated by Maureen FitzGerald, Don McLeod, and Scott Rayter.

De Niro’s Game wins international prize

Rawi Hage has won this year’s IMPAC Dublin Award! His novel De Niro’s Game (about two young men caught in Lebanon’s civil war) is the second book by a Canadian to win the $155,000 award (Alistair MacLeod won for No Great Mischief). One nice feature of this award is that the books are nominated by librarians; De Niro’s Game was nominated by the Winnipeg Public Library.