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On Monday, October 7th CBC's All in a Day book panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of Ottawa Writers Festival, discussed their picks for the month. You can find the books listed below and listen to their discussion at the following link


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Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


I put a hold on “The Secrets We Kept” after hearing Ann Archer speak about it. Pace Archer, no writer was too popular that Stalin could not send him to the Gulag or have him executed. Pasternak was not only a gifted writer, but a gifted translator. Stalin, himself a Georgian, appreciated Pasternak’s Russian translations of Georgian literature, and thus may well have kept Pasternak out of the Gulag.
Very regrettable the use of the phrase “settler culture” or whatever by the Book Panel, where “mainstream culture” would be more appropriate. If the story starts outside a Walmart we are a long way from “Roughing It in the Bush”. Under Big Brother Justin a Canadian version of Newspeak seems to be forming and like the 1984 version, its objective seems to be to make a rational critique of the authoritarian state more and more difficult, because many words will have disappeared, and others, like “settler” will have taken on new meanings that they never should have been assigned to them.