Tag: Behind the Book

Researching “The Typewriter Century”

Researching “The Typewriter Century”

Martyn Lyons shares what a day in the life of a researcher looks like as he discusses some of the meticulous archival research that went his new book, The Typewriter Century: A Cultural History of Writing Practices.

Sketches of Tourism and the Pandemic in Peru

Sketches of Tourism and the Pandemic in Peru

The Living Inca Town presents a rich case study of tourism in Ollantaytambo, a rapidly developing destination in the southern Peruvian Andes and the starting point for many popular treks to Machu Picchu. Karoline Guelke looks at the impact COVID-19 has had on the region.

Semiotics: The Study of Meaning (Part 2)

Semiotics: The Study of Meaning (Part 2)

In the second installment of a three-part blog series on semiotics, Marcel Danesi explores the question, “what is meaning?” A word with many connotations, he investigates how meaning is created and how it is communicated.

For Sale: Everything or Nothing?

For Sale: Everything or Nothing?

Ryan Gillespie discusses some of lively and public debates surrounding human organ supply and asks what kind of society we truly want.

Semiotics: The Study of Meaning (Part 1)

Semiotics: The Study of Meaning (Part 1)

In a new three-part blog series, Marcel Danesi explores what semiotics is all about, why it is so important for gaining insights into our elusive and mysterious human nature, and how semiotics is applied today.

“Seen but Not Seen”

“Seen but Not Seen”

Donald B. Smith is one of Canada’s most renowned historians, having written extensively on Aboriginal Canada, Quebec, and the history of Calgary and Southern Alberta. Donald discusses what we can expect from his final book, which covers fresh ground in the history of settler-Indigenous relations.

How Activists Put a Human Face on Climate Change

How Activists Put a Human Face on Climate Change

Climate change was once understood as solely an environmental issue. Now a growing class of activists claim climate change to be a gender, equity, labour, Indigenous rights, faith, and health issue. Jen Iris Allan, author of The New Climate Activism explores these issues in more detail.

Rethinking Filostrato’s Wisdom

Rethinking Filostrato’s Wisdom

Michael Sherberg, editor of The Decameron Fourth Day in Perspective, offers his perspectives on one of the greatest works of Italian literature.

Christmas in Icelandic Winnipeg, 1920

Christmas in Icelandic Winnipeg, 1920

The Viking Immigrantsauthor, 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

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