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In honour of the twentieth anniversary of the Literary Journalism Program at the Banff Centre, Cabin Fever celebrates two decades of writing with thirteen of the finest creative non-fiction pieces written by program participants. Drawn primarily from the program’s second decade, this anthology includes essays on a strikingly original and global range of topics by some of In honour of the twentieth anniversary of the Literary Journalism Program at the Banff Centre, Cabin Fever celebrates two decades of writing with thirteen of the finest creative non-fiction pieces written by program participants. Drawn primarily from the program’s second decade, this anthology includes essays on a strikingly original and global range of topics by some of the best non-fiction writers in the country: Tara Grescoe goes in search of "pure" absinthe; Jeff Warren examines the way whales think; Megan Williams takes driving lessons in Rome; Bill Reynolds writes about the joys and dangers of riding a bicycle; Charlotte Gill gives us the dirt on her eighteen years as a tree planter; John Vigna confronts his relationship with a troubled brother; Margaret Webb takes a sexy road trip to find oysters; Jaspreet Singh ruminates on life in Kashmir in the age of plutonium; Jeremy Klaszus gets to know his grandfather, a Nazi resister who is obsessed with Google Maps; Deborah Ostrovsky explores bilingualism and the "grammar of relationships" after she marries into a Quebecois family; Jonathan Garfinkel goes to Israel to find a house occupied by an Arab and a Jew; Penney Kome writes about a family friend in Chicago who helped invent the atomic bomb; and Andrew Westoll gives up love in order to hunt for a rare blue frog in Surinam. Unique, engaging, and enriching, Cabin Fever is a testament to the literary talents of each individual contributor and a tribute to the longevity and excellence of Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program over the past twenty years.


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In honour of the twentieth anniversary of the Literary Journalism Program at the Banff Centre, Cabin Fever celebrates two decades of writing with thirteen of the finest creative non-fiction pieces written by program participants. Drawn primarily from the program’s second decade, this anthology includes essays on a strikingly original and global range of topics by some of In honour of the twentieth anniversary of the Literary Journalism Program at the Banff Centre, Cabin Fever celebrates two decades of writing with thirteen of the finest creative non-fiction pieces written by program participants. Drawn primarily from the program’s second decade, this anthology includes essays on a strikingly original and global range of topics by some of the best non-fiction writers in the country: Tara Grescoe goes in search of "pure" absinthe; Jeff Warren examines the way whales think; Megan Williams takes driving lessons in Rome; Bill Reynolds writes about the joys and dangers of riding a bicycle; Charlotte Gill gives us the dirt on her eighteen years as a tree planter; John Vigna confronts his relationship with a troubled brother; Margaret Webb takes a sexy road trip to find oysters; Jaspreet Singh ruminates on life in Kashmir in the age of plutonium; Jeremy Klaszus gets to know his grandfather, a Nazi resister who is obsessed with Google Maps; Deborah Ostrovsky explores bilingualism and the "grammar of relationships" after she marries into a Quebecois family; Jonathan Garfinkel goes to Israel to find a house occupied by an Arab and a Jew; Penney Kome writes about a family friend in Chicago who helped invent the atomic bomb; and Andrew Westoll gives up love in order to hunt for a rare blue frog in Surinam. Unique, engaging, and enriching, Cabin Fever is a testament to the literary talents of each individual contributor and a tribute to the longevity and excellence of Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program over the past twenty years.

51 review for Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Northerngirl

    I liked most of the stories, some of them I felt dragged on a little in some parts and some of the stories really had me interested and I felt like I wanted to read more about that particular story once the story ended. Some of my favourite stories from this book were "Eating Dirt", "A House Devided", "One Glass and your Dead", "The Ballad of Big and Small", The Blue Jewel of the Jungle", and "Mr. Tree". I liked some of the others as well but in my opinion, these ones stuck out in my head and I liked most of the stories, some of them I felt dragged on a little in some parts and some of the stories really had me interested and I felt like I wanted to read more about that particular story once the story ended. Some of my favourite stories from this book were "Eating Dirt", "A House Devided", "One Glass and your Dead", "The Ballad of Big and Small", The Blue Jewel of the Jungle", and "Mr. Tree". I liked some of the others as well but in my opinion, these ones stuck out in my head and made me feel something emotionally while I was reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone because I am sure anyone who reads it will be able to connect in some way to at least 1 of these stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    There were several stories/articles that I really enjoyed in this book. They taught me a lot and were fascinating as well as well-written. A House Divided, Finding East, Driving Lessons, Painted Red, The Ballad of Big and Small, Mr. Tree, and What Is It Like to be a Whale were my favourites. The other half of the book was more of a chore to read. I think that was because I wasn't interested in the topics of the articles. That's the downside of reading a collection of short stories: you may not There were several stories/articles that I really enjoyed in this book. They taught me a lot and were fascinating as well as well-written. A House Divided, Finding East, Driving Lessons, Painted Red, The Ballad of Big and Small, Mr. Tree, and What Is It Like to be a Whale were my favourites. The other half of the book was more of a chore to read. I think that was because I wasn't interested in the topics of the articles. That's the downside of reading a collection of short stories: you may not have chosen to read them if they weren't in the compilation. Overall though, I did really enjoy this book and would recommend it to select people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    As someone who wants to one day write at the Banff Centre myself, this was a great collection of some great writing. I of course didn't adore every single piece, but many pulled me into bizarre worlds I knew nothing about- oyster hunting, the perils of being a cyclist, how whales think... the list goes on. Having been trained for years to look at pieces critically, I've been taking in each author's particular style as he or she tells often multiple tales within one frame. A great collection As someone who wants to one day write at the Banff Centre myself, this was a great collection of some great writing. I of course didn't adore every single piece, but many pulled me into bizarre worlds I knew nothing about- oyster hunting, the perils of being a cyclist, how whales think... the list goes on. Having been trained for years to look at pieces critically, I've been taking in each author's particular style as he or she tells often multiple tales within one frame. A great collection overall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne Reddick

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Desrosiers

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Black

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Hietkamp

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debjani

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rhi Myfanwy

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    Meghan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rjf

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    Anthology of literary pieces. Much of it was a slog ...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paddy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rossa Sung

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason

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    Rory

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jandi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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    Erica

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    Becky

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    Sarah

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  32. 4 out of 5

    Robbin Risley

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    Adelaide

  34. 4 out of 5

    13mlane

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    Jamie

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    Karatepop

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    Alex Amar

  38. 5 out of 5

    Rhona McAdam

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    Kayleigh Hamer

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    Rae

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    Lynn Morris

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    Jessica

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    Andrea

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    Ali Ahmad

  49. 5 out of 5

    Maria DeCambra

  50. 5 out of 5

    Janet McLarty Fretter

  51. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Sowery-Quinn

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