The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows

Marketed as “the first full biography of Sir Terry Pratchett”, The Magic of Terry Pratchett explores the wondrous life and career of one of the most famous fantasy authors of all time. With over 85 million copies of over 60 books sold by the time of his death in 2015, Pratchett was as prolific asContinue reading “The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows”

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

On November 17, 2014, a who’s who of theatre professionals trekked to the Al Hirschfield Theater to pay tribute to Elaine Stritch. After a career spanning nearly seventy years, the actress had “left the building”, as she preferred to frame it, the previous July. But while there were plenty of tears as performers ranging fromContinue reading “Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs”

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin

During Ronald Reagan’s original run for President of the United States, he routinely lamented the “Welfare Queen” by pointing to a Chicago woman who lived an extravagant lifestyle while collecting public assistance from the hardworking taxpayers of Illinois. Over 100 aliases. Dozens of addresses. Numerous children. $150,000 in stolen aid. For a time in theContinue reading “The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin”

Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life by Mayann Francis

Mayann Francis didn’t anticipate becoming Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. Yet after a varied career in the United States and Canada, working primarily in the field of human rights, there was perhaps no better person for the job when she was appointed on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006. But it wasn’tContinue reading “Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life by Mayann Francis”

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Milicent Patrick was one of the most remarkable women working in Hollywood. After being one of Disney’s earliest female animators, she moved her talents onscreen, working primarily as a background extra in many films. She should best be known as the designer of the titular monster in the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. YetContinue reading “The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara”