Currents | Tidewater Press Blog

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Deliver Us From Evil

February 22nd, 2023|

Lynn Duncan shares a disturbing aspect of BC history she discovered while editing Julie Burtinshaw’s Hangman: The true story of Canada’s first official executioner (Tidewater Press, 2022).

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Two Kohkums and an Elder

October 27th, 2022|

Author Joseph Kakwinokanasum has never been east of Winnipeg - until now. He was one of the guest authors at this year's Bookfest Windsor, his first literary festival.

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O Say Can(ada) You See

August 25th, 2022|

Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Chile" and Turtle Island - author and poet Richard Lemm contemplates the Nisga'a Nation's historic legal battle, ancestral homes and the American dream.

  • St Jean Baptiste Day

Learning to Read Again

June 24th, 2022|

On Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréalais David M. Wallace ponders the challenges of language, secularism and politics in his new home province.

Who Are the Real Nazis, Mr. Putin?

March 28th, 2022|

Millions of Ukrainian people are fighting for their lives and their country. And yet, here in Canada, home-grown neo-Nazis flame the fires of hate from the safety of their keyboards. I ask you Mr. Putin, who are the real Nazis?

Living in the Shadows of Bullying

February 24th, 2022|

At a time when Canadians proclaim that Black lives matter and that systemic racism cannot be tolerated, white gatekeepers are still making calls “on account of darkness.”

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“Does he speak English?”

May 4th, 2022|

As Asian Heritage Month begins, prejudice and racism in Canadian hockey persists, writes Ian Kennedy, author of On Account of Darkness: Shining Light on Race and Sport.

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Darkness Still Exists

February 2nd, 2022|

At a time when Canadians proclaim that Black lives matter and that systemic racism cannot be tolerated, white gatekeepers are still making calls “on account of darkness.”

  • How to impress a publisher

How to Impress a Publisher

January 19th, 2022|

Want to be published? Tidewater Press publisher Lynn Duncan talks about how to impress her with your manuscript.

  • Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday in the Time of Covid

November 28th, 2021|

For some of us, buying online has become the only comfortable option. But, when it comes to buying books, it isn’t as satisfying as shopping in person.

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A Tribute to Danish Resilience

November 15th, 2021|

In Multiculturalism Week in BC, author Harold Macy remembers the Danish idealists who founded a community at Cape Scott, northern Vancouver Island, at the turn of the last century.

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The Gift of Public Libraries

October 18th, 2021|

Life is hard. Often complicated and confusing. At times, overwhelming. A library is an oasis. A refuge. An escape. A friend. A seemingly endless offering of knowledge and fantasy and company.

  • Unite the Right Rally, Charlottesville. Photo Anthony Crider

The Legacy of Charlottesville

August 11th, 2021|

For Lauren Manning, the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where counter-protester Heather Heyer died, was chillingly, disturbingly personal.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 3rd, 2021|

The UN has designated August 9 as the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. This year’s theme is "Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract"; it seems a good opportunity for personal reflection.

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Liberation of Caen – 77th Anniversary

July 6th, 2021|

Operation Charnwood, July 1944: The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, in the battlefields of France, witnessed the bombing that preceded the liberation of the left bank at Caen on July 9.

  • Robert O'Brien and his father

The Father’s Journey

June 20th, 2021|

Robert James O'Brien, author of Just One More Drive, on the benefits of growing up, and being grown up, with a loving, supportive father.

  • Mother's Day 2021

Do as I Say, Not as I’ve Done

May 11th, 2021|

Jeanette Manning talking about the need of parents to listen with more than their ears, and what it takes to be a good mother – even to a white supremacist.

  • Reading ebooks and living the dream

Living the Dream

April 30th, 2021|

Jenn Ashton celebrates the joy of accessible reading with ebooks and the thrill of being able to hold a vast library in one hand.

  • Botticelli's The Birth of Venus

The Value of Art

April 12th, 2021|

On BC Book Day, publisher Lynn Duncan considers the value of modern-day "patrons of the arts".

  • Authors - Publish and Be Damned

Publish and Be Damned?

March 5th, 2021|

Cancel culture, social media and books - Jordan B Peterson, Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling are among the authors whose controversies are causing waves in publishing houses

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Confronting Historical Demons

February 16th, 2021|

For BC Heritage Week, Lynn Duncan discusses how a small BC publishers is celebrating the historical legacies and stories of Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women and other non-white-males who shaped our province.

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Putting a Face on Canadian Extremism

February 7th, 2021|

A month after the storming of the US Capitol and a week after Canada labelled the Proud Boys a terrorist organization, Safer Internet Day (February 9) reminds us of the critical role the online world plays in promoting hatred. This is how a teenage girl from a middle-class Ontario family ended up in white supremacy.

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We Are All Brothers—Even During a Pandemic

February 7th, 2021|

"Tutti fratelli." The end of our Covid battle is in sight. Vaccinations have started and very old and fragile people are first on the list, others will follow, until everyone is made to feel safer. However, this is not true of the whole world. Now more than ever, we need to remember the brave women of Castiglione.

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Sea Shanties in the Time of Corona Virus

January 31st, 2021|

What do Tik Tok, Netflix, Kermit the Frog, sweater-wearing men with deep throats, and those nearly two million people who, within five days in 2020, listened to musician Nathan Evans sing The Wellerman have in common? A taste for sea shanties.