Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hot Docs

Today the Hot Docs audience award winner (and nine runners-up) were announced. My own favourite among the films I saw at Hot Docs this year was The Experimental Eskimos, about three Inuit men who as 12-year-old boys in the ’60s were sent away from their families and community to school in Ottawa, as part of a secret “experiment” by the federal government.

Lit City

In honour of Lit City (which “celebrates writers who find inspiration in Toronto and use the city as a setting in their work”), I’m reading Dionne Brand’s powerful novel What we all long for.  It touches on so many Toronto places and so many sides of life in Toronto.

Baxter and MacLeod

This Tuesday evening, May 5, artist Iain Baxter and writer Alastair MacLeod (author of the wonderful novel No Great Mischief) will be appearing at the U of T Art Centre, in a discussion facilitated by Nino Ricci (whose novel The Origin of Species won this year’s Governor General’s award).