Nunavik – Michel Hellman

nunavik_couvNunavik by Michel Hellman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: February 15th, 2017
Publisher: Pow Pow Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Non- Fiction, Travel, Canada, Northern Quebec


Author Michel Hellman meets with his editor Luc Bosse and casually promises to write a sequel to his best-selling book Mile End. But the Montreal neighborhood, with its trendy cafes and gluten-free bakeries, doesn’t seem half as inspiring as it used to be. Part memoir and part documentary, Nunavik follows Hellman on a trek through Northern Quebec as he travels to Kuujjuaq, Puvirnituk, Kangiqsujuaq and Kangirsurk, meeting members of the First Nations, activists, hunters and drug dealers along the way. An honest and often funny account of this trip, Nunavik truly feels personal, with the author acknowledging (and challenging) his own prejudices. While the North has had a profound influence on our collective identity as Canadians, it remains an idea – myth rather than reality. Empirical rather than theoretical, Nunavik reflects on the way our relationship to the North has shaped our own cultural landscape. Continue reading

For as Long as It Rains – Zviane

cover_for_as_long_as_it_rainsFor as Long as It Rains by Zviane

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 1st, 2015
Publisher: Pow Pow Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Erotica, Relationships, Music, Carpe diem


Two lovers elope to an isolated cabin for a romantic weekend together, knowing they’ll soon have to go back to their respective lives away from each other. An atmospheric, introspective look at modern relationships, For As Long As It Rains was awarded a Joe Shuster Award and a Bedeis Causa. Continue reading