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Larry Verstraete's Night Table recommendations

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 9:37am

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven

Much of my reading these days is related to topics I am writing and, as a result, leans heavily on non-fiction. At the moment, I am part-way through The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven (Hyperion, 2000). The Karluk was a former whaling ship converted to floating laboratory that left Victoria, British Columbia on June 1913 on a scientific mission headed by expedition leader Vilhjalmar Stefansson. Six weeks into the journey, the Karluk became locked in ice north of Alaska, pitting the 28 people aboard - scientists, Inuit hunters and sailors - in a life and death struggle against the elements. Only 17 survived the ordeal. Drawing on archival reports and the diaries of survivors, Niven recreates the story of the Karluk with such fluid detail that I feel that I am on the mission myself, experiencing the same rollercoaster ride of anxiety, fear and decision-making that the passengers on the ill-fated journey likely felt themselves. So far, the book has been a fascinating read.

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Luc Leestemaker's Night Table recommendations

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 11:41am

Especially because I spend so much time in the studio, where paint and intuition rule, I feel it's important to feed that other part of my brain when I'm not painting; by reading. I'll admit that I devoured an awful lot more literature earlier in my life than I do now. But aside from my beloved weekly New Yorker magazine, which is a wonderful cheater's way of being intimately -and instantly- informed on all current matters that may hit the dinner party conversations, I always have a few new discoveries ready to be broken in. Here are two books that are on top of the stack right now.

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Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:02am

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have produced a weight-loss program that should help you lose weight and improve your health forever. All is revealed in their new book, The Mayo Clinic Diet.

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Jonathan Ball's Night Table recommendations

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:23am

Reading is part of a writer's job, and in 2010 I will chronicle my reading (along with others) at a website called the 95 Books blog. McNally Robinson has asked what's on my night table right now, and there are two books:

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Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 2:20pm

McNally Robinson is back on its feet and we have been helped up by you, our readers.
Thank you for your flowers, cards, letters, emails of encouragement and goodwill.

Thank you for coming into our stores this past week in record numbers.

It was an overwhelming groundswell of support which made a difficult time endurable.

So thank you Winnipeg. Thank you Saskatoon. You have always been the most generous and supportive of communities. Thank goodness we are part of you and you are part of us.

Holly McNally

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