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The New Star Review of Reviews for February 2014


After a two-month hia­tus, we return with a new round-up of recent reviews & notices of New Star titles.

9781554200689-voyage-3DPho­tog­ra­ph­er Vladimir Keremid­schi­eff’s last Van­cou­ver gig was for the Van­cou­ver Sun. No sur­prise, then, that the Sun takes a spe­cial inter­est in the Vancouverite’s return, at least in the guise of author, to his for­mer home town (he now lives Syd­ney, Aus­tralia). First, free­lance writer Hei­di Gre­co reviewed Vlad’s Seize the Time: Van­cou­ver Pho­tographed 1967–1974 in a piece that ran in the Jan­u­ary 6 edi­tion of paper. A few days lat­er, John Mack­ie’s fea­ture sto­ry about Keremid­schi­eff, and his book of pho­tos, ran in the same paper’s Arts & Life sec­tion.

9781554200719-macpap-3D(The Sun also fea­tured a review of anoth­er recent New Star title last month, when it ran Tom Sand­born’s review of Mac-Pap: Mem­oir of a Cana­di­an in The Span­ish Civ­il War, by Ronald Liv­ersedge. You can read it here.)

Vlad also shot for the Geor­gia Straight, and that organ, which began life as an under­ground news­pa­per in the late 1960s, print­ed George Fether­ling’s review of Seize the Time a week before Christ­mas (& too late for our last Review of Reviews). It was the Straight con­nec­tion that lead to the pub­li­ca­tion of Vlad’s pho­tos in book form — New Star stum­bled upon his work as a result of research in the Straight archives for anoth­er anoth­er recent New Star title, Lawrence Aron­sen’s City of Love and Rev­o­lu­tion: Van­cou­ver in the Six­ties.

We real­ly liked Rebec­ca Boll­wit’s write-up on her live­ly blog, Miss 604. Joseph Plan­ta inter­viewed Vlad for his blogsite on, where you can down­load the inter­view pod­cast. And The Tyee fea­tures a nice sam­pling of pho­tos from Seize the Time. Over on his Schrodinger’s Cat blogsite, Jamie Reid repro­duces his After­word to Vlad’s book.

9781554200689-voyage-3DA few write-ups about Graeme Tru­elove’s biog­ra­phy Svend Robin­son: A Life in Pol­i­tics didn’t make it into our Decem­ber Review of Reviews. The Sur­rey Leader inter­viewed local-boy-made-good Tru­elove, and ran a sto­ry about his book in their Jan­u­ary 6 issue. Rival Sur­rey Now’s sto­ry, by Car­olyn Cooke, ran a bit ear­li­er, on Novem­ber 12. You can read it here.

The web­site Gay Van­cou­ver inter­viewed Tru­elove back in Novem­ber. Svend’s smil­ing face graced the cov­er of the Novem­ber 21 issue of Xtra!, which ran for­mer Xtra! edi­tor Gareth Kirk­by’s spread on Robin­son and the biog­ra­phyBC Book­world edi­tor Alan Twigg’s review can be found here. And ear­ly in the New Year, the Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor ran the unique­ly per­son­al and mov­ing review of Svend Robin­son: A Life in Pol­i­tics writ­ten for them by Aidan John­son.

FranzlationsFinal­ly — a smart review of Fran­zla­tions: The Imag­i­nary Kaf­ka Para­bles, by Gary Bar­win, Hugh Thomas, and Craig Con­ley, a book we pub­lished three years ago, & which has most­ly been greet­ed with puz­zled silence. Maybe Uni­ver­si­ty of Water­loo lit­er­a­ture prof Men­achem Feuer’s write-up on his brainy, styl­ish, and fas­ci­nat­ing blogsite, The Home of Schlemiel The­o­ry, is a sign that that is about to change.