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RANDY REPORTS
Borderless
Randy Fred reports on the now restricted movement of Indigenous workers throughout North America.
AFTERLIFE OF CULTURE
Separate Crossings
Stephen Henighan reveals the irony of the San Diego-Tijuana border where each day thousands of manual labourers and cleaning ladies turn the meaning of the wall on its head.

Geist Contributor Wins Siminovitch Prize!

Vancouver playwright and actor, Marcus Youssef, has been awarded Canada's biggest theatre world honour, the Siminovitch Prize. The annual $100k prize recognizes playwriting, theatre design and direction and was presented on November 6th, 2017 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Youssef's work explores themes of otherness, difference and diversity. He currently serves as artistic director of Vancouver's Neworld Theatre, co-founded the city's artist-run production centre PL 1422 and is an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Read Youssef's Geist dispatch, "Happy Shiny People" online.


PHOTOESSAY
Exodus
Michel Huneault photographed Syrian refugees in Hungary, Austria and Germany as they streamed along a migration route in September 2015.

INCOMMUNICADO
The Montreal Book of the Dead
"The dead are not dead, perhaps/ the dead are not even transformed. They are/ everywhere, just not talking to us."Mary di Michele

13-Word Love Story

Congratulations to Geist contributor Connie Kuhns whose 13-Word Love Story was selected by the New York Times as part of their roundup of miniature modern love stories.

Kuhns's story was inspired by a piece she wrote for Geist, " Life After Virginity."

Check out Kuhns's 13-Word Love Story and others online.


THIS WEEK IN REVIEW

The Native Heath
Kris Rothstein reviews The Native Heath by Elizabeth Fair. More »

Friend in Need
Mary Schendlinger reviews The Spare Room by Helen Garner. More »

Unabashed Drawing
Jill Mandrake reviews Drawing the Line: The How to Draw Book by Michael Baldwin. More »


Keeping Language: A Contact No Contact Story

Marguerit James shares her memory of teaching her children their native language despite her husband's misgivings.

"But because of the hardships he endured in school he told me not to teach my daughters the language. But he was a logger so he was gone all day. So I wouldn’t listen, I taught my girls."

Watch the rest of Marguerit's Contact story online now.

If you would like to submit a story, check out Contact No Contact for details.

 
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