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A novel take on the bookstore experience Discover something new at King West Books in Westdale  
Oct25

A novel take on the bookstore experience Discover something new at King West Books in Westdale  

Photos by Catherine Goce By Ethan Nella Whether it is a tranquil and solitary nook to sit down and dip into a new read or simply a quick and efficient source for delving into a research topic, bookstores are generally understood as spaces that primarily serve our needs. As our consumption becomes more confined by the use of algorithms and massive online retailers, many are aghast at the idea of not having that convenience. However,...

Back to Hogwarts The legacy of a student wizard lives on as a new academic year begins
Sep06

Back to Hogwarts The legacy of a student wizard lives on as a new academic year begins

Picture C/O Roushan Tabassum As Welcome Week wound down at McMaster University, the students of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry were getting fired up to leave for another year of school. They grabbed their trunks and went down to King’s Cross for a train ride from platform nine and three quarters. The September sentiments at the wizarding school are in many ways parallel to the experiences of the Muggles of McMaster. The...

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community
Jun01

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community

By: Adrianna Michell The city of Hamilton is often associated with art, growth and income disparity, and all of these are reflected in the self-publishing scene. Specifically, zines offer local artists, writers and creatives not only a venue for expression, but a community as well. Zines grew from the basements of outcast punk rockers to the photo clipping scattered floors of underrepresented creatives everywhere. Self-published works...

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations
Jun01

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations

In humour, the want to stay fresh and unique should always be present. If you steal jokes or concepts, you are deemed a plagiarist. If your topics lack originality, you are uninspired. What separates a good comedian from a great comedian is how well they can make relatable events extraordinary and how they communicate its amusement and uniqueness without losing what the audience identifies with. Peter Unwin’s newest novel, Searching...

Self-publishing has led to much needed diversity With more writers of diverse literature opting to self-publish for lack of traditional opportunies, we have to examine why their narratives are being cast aside
Mar31

Self-publishing has led to much needed diversity With more writers of diverse literature opting to self-publish for lack of traditional opportunies, we have to examine why their narratives are being cast aside

At the recommendation of a friend, I started 2016 with a series called All For The Game. The first book was free on iBooks, and the other two books in the trilogy were less than a dollar each. Although I was confused why they were so cheap, I didn’t pay much thought to it. It wasn’t until I was halfway through the second book in the trilogy that I found out it was self-published, and at that point the occasional typos and the...

Four books by and about women of colour
Mar03

Four books by and about women of colour

Growing up, I always found it difficult to fully empathize with the leading characters in young adult novels. Often starring an ambiguously White female lead with a token Black or Latina BFF, the books of my childhood didn’t mirror my coming of age experiences. While most of these stories were set in some North American city or town, and I could often relate to that element, the plot lines were portrayed through White eyes and never...