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Watch List: April 2017

By Observer Staff

The Circle
(Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ/Likely Story/Playtone)

Mae (Emma Watson) works for the Circle, a tech company that encourages people to share their entire lives on its social media platform — an arrangement that will sound familiar to any Facebook user. But what starts as a fun, fulfilling dream job takes a darker turn when Mae starts to experience the consequences of a complete lack of privacy. April 28

The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy
(Harvard University Press)

Just in time for Easter, University of Notre Dame theology professor Robin M. Jensen takes readers through the long and fascinating story of the cross, from historical instrument of suffering to iconic Christian symbol of love and resurrection. Along the way, there’s beautiful art, doctrinal quandaries and a fair share of controversy. April 17

The Last Neanderthal
(Doubleday Canada)

Girl is one of the last surviving Neanderthals, scraping out a living during the Upper Paleolithic period. Rosamund Gale is the archeologist who discovers her bones 40,000 years later. By alternating between their points of view, this novel by Toronto-based author Claire Cameron shows something that science has recently discovered: Neanderthals weren’t all that different from us. April 25

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from “Islamic State”
(Interlink Books)

Samer (not his real name) lives in Raqqa, Syria, in the centre of ISIS control. No one is allowed to leave without permission, and outside communication is strictly forbidden. Samer bravely breaks this silence through a series of journal entries encrypted, sent out of the country and translated by the BBC. He is “fighting back,” writes editor Mike Thomson, “by telling the world what is happening to his beloved city.” April 30

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by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.


September 2017


by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?


July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.


June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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