The Stephen Leacock Medal is one of the few prizes for literary humour.
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We need to value the recognition of great Canadian comic writing and ensure it’s judged equitably.
Stories about the impact of climate change can help spur people to action.
Storytelling can be a powerful tool to communicate complicated crises like climate change. Telling relatable and local stories can help motivate people to action.
An upside down maple leaf is tucked behind a plaque as people gather on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at a rally to honour the lives lost to residential schools and demand justice for Indigenous peoples, on Canada Day, July 1, 2021.
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Considering our relationships to stories about the past and looking at learning as a process of encounter can help Canadians to become better treaty partners.
Odysseus reuniting with his father, Laertes.
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On Father’s Day, a scholar of ancient Greek poetry explains how he came to understand the father-son relationship and his journey of loss and yearning through reading the epics.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
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Brittany Higgins’ forthcoming memoir will allow her to tell her story in her own words. She’ll join a group of strong women who’ve done just that.
Superstition or wishful thinking could trick you into thinking you saw one of these mythical creatures.
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Mermaids are not real, but are meaningful to people around the world.
The Cree concept ‘wâhkôhtowin’ emphasizes more-than-human kinship relations.
Leaked curriculum drafts in Alberta show a desire to revive old colonial myths. To face today’s challenges, we need stories that teach how humans are related to each other and to all life forms.
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series.
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During the ‘love glut,’ roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers’ appetites for scandalous storylines.
Many books, like ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ contain symbolism.
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Authors sometimes put deeper meanings into their stories, but really, it’s the reader who decides.
Archivists put an immense amount of work into organizing, digitizing and maintaining repositories.
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The media trope negates the work done by archivists, who are often well-aware of the existence of ‘long-lost’ letters, journals and stories.
Kamishibai Performer In Japan.
Welcome to the wonderful world of kamishibai – a centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition.
An illustration of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor.
Fairy stories come alive in the telling — and the retelling.
The new Black Panther film has a lot in common with medieval romance tales.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.
Mount Mazama, a volcano in Oregon. Indigenous stories preserve tales of its eruption more than 7,000 years ago.
Old stories from around the world tell of drowned islands, volcanic eruptions and upheavals to the land around them. Increasingly we are realising these tales preserve actual memory, often from thousands of years ago.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
Is it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?
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Contrary to popular belief, several recent studies suggest that plot spoilers don’t always make us like a film or books less – and may even make us like it more.
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Not everyone can weave a gripping tale. But for one gender, it matters more than the other.
Why stories matter.
What are your kids reading in the new year? What kids read has a strong impact on their perceptions of reality.