Brian Bethune

Brian Bethune writes about ideas, books and the book trade, and religion, but what really interests him is why people believe what they believe.
(Photography by Tony Luong)
The Interview

Why Moshe Safdie wants Canada to rebuild its sense of adventure

“The public often thinks a building can be functional but ugly as hell. To me, that’s impossible.”
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Culture

Q&A: Ken Dryden on the Summit Series 50 years later

16 million out of 22 million Canadians tuned in for the final game in the legendary battle between Canada and the USSR
(Photography by Tenille Campbell)
Books

Joshua Whitehead takes on CanLit

In ‘Making Love With the Land,’ Whitehead moves between genres and languages in a series of essays that open up a whole new window on the meaning of Canadian literature
Britt Wray and her seven-month-old son, Atlas. (Portraits by Jake Stangel)
Books

Is it ethical to have kids in the climate crisis?

Researcher Britt Wray grapples with bringing new life into a dying world
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Books

Six must-read books for April and May

An ode to Canada’s lost buildings and a memoir by Elamin Abdelmahmoud are among our picks for the best books of the season
(Photography by Erik Tanner)
Books

Emily St. John Mandel can’t stop writing about pandemics

Her novel Station Eleven imagined a world ravaged by a pandemic long before COVID-19 existed. Now, she’s gone through one herself.
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Books

Six books to read this spring

A novel by the creator of ’Little Mosque on the Prairie’ and an inside look at the race to develop the COVID vaccine are among our picks for the best reads of the spring
(Illustration by Alisha Davidson)
Books

The key to survival: Find five people. Hold them close.

Close relationships—about five of them—are as essential as food and water, according to this author
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Books

The search for Anne Frank’s betrayer

Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan’s new book describes the six-year investigation into how the Nazis learned about the Amsterdam annex where the Frank family hid during WWII