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Shopping for books is like therapy.  Books allow you to delve into someone else’s story, forget your own problems, and hopefully teach you a little something too.  Also, in terms of spending, it just feels better than buying clothes or gadgets, because spending on a good book is like making an investment (stop my blathering […]

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Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy

On November 15, Casa del Popolo hosted the launch of Norman Nawrocki’s new book and CD, Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nawrocki is a Montreal-based writer, sex-educator, performer, musician, and cabaret artist, among other things.  Cazzarola! covers 130 years in the life of an Italian family as they engage in resistance to Fascism […]

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Words and Music

Every third Sunday of every month, Casa del Popolo hosts a night of poetry reading organized by the Words and Music Show.  The guest speakers can be poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers, and performers.  Casa del Popolo, for those of you who may not know, is a popular venue for concerts, exhibitions and other cultural performances, […]

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10 must-visit bookstores in Montreal

Montreal is a literary and cultural city, and this is by no means a definitive list of all of its bookstores (there are too many). However, these are some of my personal favourites, and I’ve also included a few stops that I’ve been meaning to visit.  Enjoy the trip, book-lovers!

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Is Hollywood finally getting emancipated?

Over the past year, Hollywood has  churned out interesting movies dealing with the issue of race in the United States.  Among them are Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and newcomer Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station.  The films have sparked a political debate concerning just how present racial prejudices still are in modern society, especially since hate […]

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Parks Canada National Parks

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Daily Internet Activities chart

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“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

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  Slideshow by Radina Papukchieva

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Midnight in Paris on a map

Midnight in Paris is one of my all-time favorite films, and I’ve always wanted to know all the places that the characters get to visit. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and no doubt no film can capture all its irresistible charm, but I think Woody Allen makes a pretty decent […]

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