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July 2015

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2015

Lovers, not fighters

By Paul Knowles

Canada’s folk musicians still harness the power of musical protest. But it’s love, not anger, that overcomes

Arts Feature

June 2015

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2015

The double life

By David Wilson

Characters with secret identities are flooding serial TV dramas. What does that say about a ‘normal’ existence?

Arts Feature

May 2015

WATCH LIST: May 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2015

Holy Land narratives

By Donald Grayston

Three recent takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can help Canadians grasp the whole picture

Arts Feature

April 2015

WATCH LIST: APRIL 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2015

The spirit of Updike

By John McTavish

A recent biography of American author John Updike reveals a complex man who found great solace in faith

Arts Feature

March 2015

WATCH LIST: MARCH 2015

By Observer Staff

Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' Laurie Sparham, © 2014 Fox Searchlight

Arts Feature

March 2015

Visions of the afterlife

By Julie McGonegal

With a surge of interest in near-death experiences, a new book asks: Are the dying actually onto something?

Arts Feature

February 2015

WATCH LIST: February 2015

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Arts Feature

February 2015

Transcending normal

By Jonathan Forani

TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2015

WATCH LIST: January 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2015

Rock of ages

By David Wilson

Recent documentaries revisit the era when music got all ‘ooh-aahh’

Arts Feature

December 2014

WATCH LIST: December 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2014

Climate revolution

By David MacDonald

Naomi Klein’s new book calls for a seismic shift in the global economy. Our survival as a civilization depends on it.

Arts Feature

November 2014

WATCH LIST: November 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2014

Writing reconciliation

By Julie McGonegal

Aboriginal authors refuse to be confined to a tragic script. Their search for healing is far more expansive.

Arts Feature

October 2014

WATCH LIST: October 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2014

Image conscious

By Nancy Bauer

Freeman Patterson’s new book of nature photos reveals a soulful expression of the spirit within

Arts Feature

September 2014

WATCH LIST: September 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2014

Confidence boosters

By Alison Shouldice

Insecurity holds women back, say the authors of recent books. Their advice? Get over it and get in the game.

Arts Feature

July 2014

WATCH LIST: July/August 2014

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2014

Unsustainable cities

By Pieta Woolley

Books on urban environmentalism may be trendy, but feel-good activism only goes so far

Arts Feature

June 2014

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2014

Making claims on a ‘mere Christian’

By Paul Knowles

Every segment of Christianity considers C.S. Lewis one of its own. But as a new biography by Alister McGrath shows, the man had no interest in church tribalism

Arts Feature

May 2014

WATCH LIST: May 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2014

A once and future folly

By Patricia Clarke

The First World War started 100 years ago. A spate of new history books pin the cause on national pride.

Arts Feature

April 2014

WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2014

‘Canada’s church’

By Kenneth Bagnell

A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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