Between the Lines

Between the Lines

40 years of books without bosses, 1977-2017

Events

  • Ottawa and Empire Winnipeg book launch

    McNally Robinson Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave, Travel Alcove., Winnipeg, MB

    In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d’etat. To the surprise of many, Canada implicitly supported the coup and assisted the coup leaders in consolidating their control over the country.

    Since the coup, Canada has increased its presence in Honduras, even while the country has been plunged into a human rights catastrophe, highlighted by the assassination of prominent Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Drawing from the Honduran experience, Ottawa and Empire makes it clear that Canada has emerged as an imperial power in the 21st century.

    Tyler Shipley is professor of Culture, Society, and Commerce at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).

  • Jamie Swift speaks on “The Vimy Trap” Charlottetown

    The Prince Edward Island Regimental Museum, 3 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, PE

    Join Jamie Swift for a presentation on The Vimy Trap: or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift).

    The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new. “Vimyism”—today’s official story of glorious, martial patriotism—contrasts sharply with the complex ways in which veterans, artists, clerics, and even politicians who had supported the war interpreted its meaning over the decades.

    Was the Great War a futile imperial debacle? A proud, nation-building milestone? Contending Great War memories have helped to shape how later wars were imagined. The Vimy Trap provides a probe of commemoration cultures. This work of public history—combining scholarly insight with sharp-eyed journalism, and based on primary sources and school textbooks, battlefield visits and war art—explains both how and why peace and war remain contested terrain in ever-changing landscapes of Canadian memory.

    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

  • Kevin MacKay on “Radical Transformation” in Toronto

    Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd floor), 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

    Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

    Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization by Kevin MacKay is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

    “Kevin MacKay has written a wonderfully lucid yet thoroughly uncompromising account of our world’s crisis. Drawing on a vast knowledge of history, human evolution, philosophy, and modern complexity theory, he tells a story that recognizes the marvels of human civilization while revealing its dark tendency towards oligarchic structures of power and exploitation. He then shows us how we can respond to preserve the best while defeating the worst. Radical Transformation is a tour de force.” —Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

  • Fighting Dirty book launch with Poh-Gek Forkert

    SpindleTree Gardens, 6248 County Road 4, Tamworth, ON

    Fighting Dirty tells the story of how one small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people fought the world’s largest waste disposal company to stop them from expanding a local dumpsite into a massive land fill. As one of the experts brought in to assess the impact the toxic waste would have on the community, Poh-Gek Forkert was part of the adventures and misadventures of their decades-long fight.Join Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert and members of the Concerned Citizens Committee of Tyendinaga and Environs (who are featured in the book) for the launch of this exciting book.

    Fighting Dirty is an inspiring read for all activists battling against the money and power of corporations. It joins Charlie Angus’ book, Unlikely Radicals, in showing that when a small group of determined committed citizens don’t give up , leaders, and unexpected opportunity will emerge. When the cause is just, good people can win.” David Suzuki, co-founder, The David Suzuki Foundation.

  • Kevin MacKay speaking on “Radical Transformation” in Ottawa

    25OneCommunity, 251 Bank St. 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON

    Join author, professor and activist Kevin MacKay for a presentation on Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

    “Kevin MacKay has written a wonderfully lucid yet thoroughly uncompromising account of our world’s crisis. Drawing on a vast knowledge of history, human evolution, philosophy, and modern complexity theory, he tells a story that recognizes the marvels of human civilization while revealing its dark tendency towards oligarchic structures of power and exploitation. He then shows us how we can respond to preserve the best while defeating the worst. Radical Transformation is a tour de force.”– Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

  • An Evening with Martine Delvaux (in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis)

    McNally Robinson Bookstore, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB

    Come hear Martine Delvaux”, author of Serial Girls: From Barbie to Pussy Riot, in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis. This event is free and open to the public.

    Everywhere you look patriarchal society reduces women to a series of repeating symbols: serial girls.

    On TV and in film, on the internet and in magazines, pop culture and ancient architecture, serial girls are all around us, moving in perfect sync—as dolls, as dancers, as statues. From Tiller Girls to Barbie dolls, Playboy bunnies to Pussy Riot, Martine Delvaux produces a provocative analysis of the many gendered assumptions that underlie modern culture. Delvaux draws on the works of Barthes, Foucault, de Beauvoir, Woolf, and more to argue that serial girls are not just the ubiquitous symbols of patriarchal domination but also offer the possibility of liberation.

    Co-presented by the Faculty of Arts Speaker Series, the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Classical & Modern Languagues (French) Department at Brandon University.

    Martine Delvaux is a professor of literature at the Université du Québec à Montréal, specializing in feminist theory, and is the author of four novels, including The Last Bullet is for You.

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