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September 8, 2018 6:19 PM John C. Reilly glad to star in The Sisters Brothers, based on ‘great piece of Canadian literature’

The big-screen adaptation of Canadian author of Patrick deWitt’s acclaimed novel The Sisters Brothers began in Toronto. Actor John C. Reilly, who stars in the comic western and is a producer on it, says he and French director Jacques Audiard first discussed the project at a restaurant in the city a few years ago. The Sisters Brothers is screening at the Toronto 10

August 31, 2018 10:30 AM Esi Edugyan’s new book Washington Black is a ‘cinematic epic of slavery and freedom’

From Toni Morrison’s Beloved to Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, the slave narrative has produced many powerful novels. Esi Edugyan offers an inventive spin on the genre in Washington Black, the Victoria author’s follow-up to her 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Half-Blood Blues. A cinematic epic of slavery and freedom, it’s also a tale of high adventure 7

August 30, 2018 12:25 AM Archbishop denies revenge fuelled abuse coverup bombshell

VATICAN CITY—The author of the bombshell accusation of a sex abuse coverup against Pope Francis denied Wednesday he acted out of revenge or anger, breaking his silence as his claims continued to divide a Catholic Church already polarized under Francis’ reformist agenda. While the Vatican is no stranger to scandal, leaks or plots, Archbishop Carlo Maria 8

August 27, 2018 1:47 PM Newfoundland musicians mourn Chicago woman who fell from Cape Spear cliff

“The accident at Cape Spear Saturday caused us to lose a special person and a great friend of the music of Newfoundland,” he wrote. “Kim Hix had a huge personality and heart, and truly loved this place and the music that animates it. The cast and crew of Great Big Sea will never forget her.” Said Hallett’s former bandmate, musician and author Alan Doyle 22

August 3, 2018 7:12 PM Groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians instils hope among Asian-Americans

Keodara said his experience has driven him to fight back and he is now in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit against Grindr, a decision he made about a month ago. But the negative perception of Asian men as romantic partners is not limited to the LGBT community. In a 2014 study published by the dating site OkCupid, statistics showed that Asian 20

July 25, 2018 7:34 PM Flying lizard time: Researchers use leaf blower to see how lizards endure storms

WASHINGTON—Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurricanes Irma and Maria put a group of little tree-hugging lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly positioned to see which reptiles survived and why. Then, Harvard researchers 17

July 13, 2018 10:30 AM Fantastical creatures feature in these five new books

Fantastical creatures — fairies, dragons, elves, slithy toves and more — take centre stage in these new reads. This splendid book will appeal to admirers of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973). It is published by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to commemorate its current Tolkien exhibition, running from June 1 to Oct. 28. The Bodleian is the keeper 16

June 28, 2018 11:01 PM Science fiction master Harlan Ellison dies at 84

His short story, I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream, is about the last humans, eternally tortured by a malevolent, godlike computer. It was made into a computer game, with its author providing the machine’s voice. Ellison disliked computers and worked on old manual typewriters, although he denied being anti-technology. Sometimes, for promotional purposes 23

June 22, 2018 10:30 AM Devious characters, grisly crimes mark the newest crop of mystery books

As narrators go, Finn, this novel’s principal teller of the tale, a wealthy English investment advisor, is reliable enough, though he may be withholding some details. At any rate, it seems he was serious about marrying a young woman named Layla until a dozen years ago when she vanished without a clue. The years pass, and Finn, still reliable but also still 20

June 21, 2018 12:57 PM U.S. universities quiet on ties to team doctor in sexual abuse inquiry

The resume says he was a medical resident at Rutgers from 1974-75; a research fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1975-77; and a fellow in sports medicine at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston before becoming an Ohio State assistant professor. The resume also lists him as a “physician for university 16