Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

by Erica Osko In a season where I prefer to stray from my cozy armchair as little as possible, the Ice Castle in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park reminded me that rather than being a painful inconvenience, winter can create astonishing magic. The castle is a truly breathtaking creation that I would not have believed possible outside of Narnia or Frozen. Though it may be difficult to … Continue reading Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

The Transformative Power of a Sick Playlist: A Reading of Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck

by Erica Osko Of the novels on the Giller Prize shortlist, I Am a Truck certainly has the most catching title.  With a bit of research, I learned it’s the debut novel by New Brunswick-based Michelle Winters, who wrote it entirely in the evenings while working a full-time job. Inspired that a first-time novelist using an independent publisher made the prestigious shortlist, I had to … Continue reading The Transformative Power of a Sick Playlist: A Reading of Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck

(Not) Unpacking My Library

by Kevin Holowack In the past couple years, I’ve packed and unpacked all my belongings four times. It’s not an egregious amount of moving, true, but it’s enough to make you reconsider what inanimate things you’ve chosen to share in your private life and how they affect you. As an urban-dweller, I’m part of a large category of people who idealize a simple existence, a … Continue reading (Not) Unpacking My Library