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The New Spice Box: A Sparkling Collection of Contemporary Jewish Writing

The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing, now in its third iteration, is the latest book to be released by New Jewish Press and brings together contemporary short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry by a mix of authors offering a window into new and exciting Jewish writing. In this post, we asked author Ruth Panofsky to talk us through her book which celebrates recent Jewish writing.

Christmas in Icelandic Winnipeg, 1920

Between 1870 and 1914 almost one-quarter of Iceland’s population migrated to North America, forming enclaves in both the United States and Canada. Released earlier in the year, The Viking Immigrants maps the transformation of Icelandic North American culture over a century and a half and reveals the hidden histories behind everyday traditions. In this post, author L.K. Bertram takes us back in time to 1920 and explores the Christmas traditions of a bustling Icelandic neighbourhood in Winnipeg 100 years ago. Cozy up and enjoy!

Before a Saint, A Man: Disability in the Life of Francis of Assisi

Written by Donna Trembinski, Illness and Authority examines the lived experience and early stories about St. Francis of Assisi through the lens of disability studies. In this post, Trembinski discusses more about her book that shows us another, less readily seen side of this famous saint.

Science Writing in a Time of Crisis

It’s day four of University Press Week and today the blog tour is highlighting the scientific voices within the community. One of those voices is Mireille F. Ghoussoub, who holds a PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Toronto and is the co-author of The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule. In this post, Mireille highlights why, in a world facing climate change and a global pandemic, the need for honest and effective science communication has never been greater.

Accidental Wilderness: Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

Accidental Wilderness is a stunning new book about the history of Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park, an urban landscape where forests, grasslands, and wildlife thrive – all within a stone’s throw of North America’s fourth-largest city. In this post, local artist and photographer Robert Burley, whose stunning collection of photos feature prominently in the book, tells us more about the park and why this fortuitous urban miracle offers a hopeful narrative about how nature can flourish in a modern-day city.