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Children’s books need better representation of people of color. Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Rooting out racism in children’s books

Books can help children develop a sense of identity. But when characters of color are portrayed negatively, that can send a wrong message to kids.
Poet Miriam Waddington (left) participated in the rise of modernist Canadian poetry and Helen Weinzweig (right) wrote the classic feminist novel ‘Basic Black with Pearls.’ (John Reeves/ /Image (cropped) courtesy Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick)

Daring reads by the first generation of Canadian Jewish women writers

A rich diversity of Canadian Jewish experience is reflected in the poems of Miriam Waddington and the prose of Adele Wiseman, Fredelle Bruser Maynard, Helen Weinzweig and Shirley Faessler.
Harry Potter’s adventures take on a new significance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemic

Rereading Harry Potter during the COVID-19 pandemic means finding new ways of identifying with the characters, especially in the seventh book, where Harry finds himself struggling with isolation.
Netflix’s series The Haunting of Hill House was inspired by the book of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Steve Dietl/Netflix

Five haunted house stories to read during lockdown

From ghosts and meddling staff to interesting decorating choices, the houses in these books make for great reading.
Sorrow and Song by Edmund Blair Leighton. Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Five historical romances to escape into during a pandemic

During the second world war, people found solace in the formulaic narratives of historical romances and during the pandemic they could once again provide readers comfort.

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