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The first new play in a dozen years from Canadian dramatist, translator and librettist John Murrell, Taking Shakespeare is the eccentric and compassionate story of an unlikely threesome.
Murrell himself plays Prof, who is sixty-seven years old and stuck in a job he hates at a small university. His only good friend is William Shakespeare. Murph is twenty-four years old, out of focus, lost in his life. He’s never had a really close friend. There is no logical reason why their worlds should ever collide.
William Shakespeare is four hundred and fifty years old with hundreds of millions of friends. He is the improbable agent who brings Murph and Prof together for a few tutoring sessions, shaking up their lives through comedy, tragedy and a hunger for human understanding.
Last evening at Vancouver Community College (Clark campus), about 130 people celebrated the launch of the book They Called Me Number One, which is currently in second place on the BC Bestsellers list.Wednesday May 22, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ed Huyck reviewed the play for CityPages.com. A few excerpts follow.Monday May 6, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ash Tanasiychuk takes pictures. Of Dina Del Bucchia. Nuff said. Oh, and Otters!Monday April 29, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Joanne Arnott interviews Wanda John-Kehewin about her new book In the Dog House:
I can’t really say there were many poets of the past that influenced my writing. I think when I really started to be inspired was when I heard that there were other Native writers, and that wasn’t until I moved to the West Coast in 1991. For some reason I didn’t think it was actually something an “Indian” could do. There weren’t any books in the library that were by First Nations people when I was growing up.
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