Sunday, March 26, 2006

And It Wasn't Even My Birthday!

A pleasant surprise floated into my PO Box the other day, in the form of a new newspaper from Vancouver, The Rain Review of Books.

(Despite the fact that i have been soooo bored every time i have visited Vancouver, i must concede that the city does churn out great publications a few times every decade…)

It’s just so nice that people send me presents – especially ones like this!

The Rain Review of Books was apparently started in 2003 by Michael Barnholden (himself the author of a book on rioting in Vancouver!) and is now edited by Aaron Vidaver – it’s basically a few tabloid size pages of book reviews of radical books, by radical reviewers. The issue i received has reviews of Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch (by Fiona Jeffries), Anna Pratt, Securing Borders: Detention and Deportation in Canada (by Harsha Walia) and Richard Day’s Gramsci is Dead (by Roger Farr)… amongst others!

Anyways, the long and short of it is that this is a cool paper, and those of you who like to read should check it out. Apparently it is available for free in branches of the Vancouver Public Library, and will eventually be distributed in other cities too. For the time being, though, those of us who don’t live way out west can check out some of the reviews online or else can send a letter and subscribe. It is apparently $12/year but is offered free of charge to prisoners. Send your cash and/or letter to:

The Rain Review of Books
PO Box 2684
Station Terminal
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory (British Columbia)
V6B 3W8


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