Author: Christa Seeley

Dogears: A Separation from a Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda Penguin Books February 2011 As a teenager, I had wanted to like the Twilight series. Everyone around me seemed to be riding that train, and I always wanted to like fun; I never have. I read Stephenie Meyer’s series with increasing disdain and eventually eviscerating the books in my high school newspaper. (I received a few hate letters the following month, but it was nice to know my peers actually picked up the paper.) I had wanted to be swept up in the bloodthirsty romance of vampire and human,...

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Canada Reads 2017: The Defence

It’s that time of year again! Canada Reads is back with five new books and the Canadian celebrities who plan to defend them. Every year, Canada tunes into CBC to watch four days of painstaking debate on the book that Canadians should be reading right now. We’ve assembled three of our Canadian book lovers to defend their chosen titles and to participate in our very own WWAC Reads Canada Reads. In 2015, Angel won defending Ru by Kim Thuy and Ardo won last year defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. Who will win this year? We’ll find out! Angel Cruz...

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Does “Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back” Hold Up?

Back in 2012, Topher Grace edited the three Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith, into one 85 minute movie and called it Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. After Rogue One, we wanted to see if held up. (Or, honestly, if it was ever good.) So Kat, Christa, Stephanie, and I sat down one Sunday afternoon together to watch and marvel over this valiant effort to turn the much despised prequels into, well, an actual movie. Is Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back an improvement on the originals? Christa Seeley: It’s an...

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Born Both: Books about the Intersex Experience

Hida Viloria was raised a girl, but always felt different. It wasn’t just that they were attracted to girls, but unlike many other people in the first world who are born intersex–meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female–Viloria’s parents did not have their genitals surgically modified at birth. Which means Viloria grew up in the body they were born with. Viloria’s new memoir Born Both hits shelves March 14, 2017 and details what it was like growing up intersex, what it was like to find the intersex community later in...

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Snowy Days With Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber: Part One

Welcome to The Bloody Chamber roundtable; a collection of short stories by speculative author Angela Carter. We’ll be discussing the short stories — their themes, the craft and the feelings they’ve elicited — in a four-parted series for every season starting with cold, frosty winter.  We broke up the collection and have started with wolves: The Werewolves, The Company of Wolves and Wolf-Alice. Join us in our discussion and if you have questions you’d like us to address in the upcoming parts, comment below! We’ll list the next set of stories we’ll be tackling in part two at the...

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