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Michael Hingston

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Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Past articles by Michael:

Don’t go for the obvious attraction in Slovenia

Instead of crowded Lake Bled, try the serene plateau that houses Europe’s largest shepherds’ settlement. → Read More

In London, it’s easy to find a bookstore that floats your boat. (Really. One is on a barge.)

For literary masterpieces, first editions, medieval maps, comics and more, you just have to know where to look. → Read More

Roald Dahl was fascinated by medicine and ‘The BFG’ is proof

After his wife had a stroke, the children’s book author developed a therapy still used. → Read More

Former reporter pens fictional thriller about murderous Alberta politician

Mark Lisac’s Where the Bodies Lie opens with the trial of an aging cabinet minister who has brazenly run over and killed a member of his local constituency executive. → Read More

Edmonton moms establish Stonehouse Publishing, with titles from historical fiction to thrillers

The minds behind Edmonton’s newest publishing house don’t believe in doing things by halves. It was less than two years ago that Netta Johnson drove her friend Julie Yerex home from a board meeting of the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, which they helped found together back in 2008. → Read More

Michael Hingston: Sportsnet's Mark Spector relives the Battle of Alberta

In a way, it’s the last story that needs telling in this city. A young squad fresh off expansion, the Edmonton Oilers emerged in the 1980s to become one of the NHL’s great dynasties. → Read More

Michael Hingston: Jon Ronson takes a starring role at Edmonton's LitFest

Topicality is something we take for granted when it comes to journalism in the Internet age. These days it’s just a given that whenever something newsworthy happens, a dozen hot takes will be ready to cash in on the timeliness within 24 hours, if not sooner. → Read More

Fringe review: Caws & Effect

Sweeping, impressionistic, and visually stunning, this piece of shadow puppetry is as if Terrence Mallick’s Tree of Life was restaged entirely on a pair of duelling overhead projectors, and also took place on an actual tree. → Read More

Hingston: Edmontonian brings Lebanese novel to English audience for the first time

The first time Basil Solounias came across a novel by the celebrated 19th-century Arabic author Jurji Zaidan, it was 1971, and Solounias was studying theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York. → Read More

Hingston: Graphic novel author’s first choice for achieving biggest audience

Patti LaBoucane-Benson has a PhD in human ecology. She is a recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Award for Education. For nearly 20 years she’s worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta, currently serving as its director of research, training, and communication. Her work has also led to multiple public-speaking gigs, such as at Edmonton’s first Walrus Talks… → Read More

Hingston: Vivek Shraya’s zine takes a nostalgia trip through the Magnificent Malls of Edmonton

Vivek Shraya has a trick he uses to break the ice at parties. First, the author and artist, who now lives in Toronto, waits until he finds a fellow Edmonton ex-pat. (This, he says, never takes long.) Then he asks them one simple question: “What’s your favourite mall?” → Read More

Hingston: Born to Walk author Dan Rubinstein accesses the ‘real and true’ while walking the world

This just in, from what’s been called “the school of the blindingly obvious”: Walking is good for you. We all know this. And yet there’s knowing, and then there’s knowing. → Read More

Hingston: Coady’s Kreisel Lecture tackles the question, ‘Who Needs Books?’

Who needs books? The question is ignored easily enough when hurled at you by your tipsy uncle at Thanksgiving. But when one of Canada’s best writers is doing the asking, it’s worth giving a little more consideration. → Read More

Hingston: Childhood friendship blossoms into co-writing gig for Sarah Blacker, Johanna Skibsrud

Sarah Blacker’s first book is in stores this month. → Read More

Asphalt Nerds ·

The alchemy of pavement in Canada’s pothole capital → Read More

Hingston: Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov shares insights in Edmonton speech

On the day anti-government protesters started gathering in the Maidan square in downtown Kyiv, in November 2013, Andrey Kurkov was hard at work on a new novel. → Read More

Hingston: Tracing the progress of sorrow in A Year of Days

Ask an author where she got the idea for her latest book, and what you’ll usually hear back is an exercise in reverse engineering: looking at the setting and themes in the finished product, then trying to project them backward onto those first fuzzy sessions the writer spent, years ago, bashing away blindly at a keyboard or scrawling random sentences into a notebook, all to be retrieved… → Read More

Hingston: Edmonton book lovers turn to new media

No matter what new technology comes along, it’s only a matter of time before someone finds a way to use it to talk about books. → Read More

Hingston: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? examines celebrity-science clash

Timothy Caulfield has a knack for hitting a nerve. → Read More

Hingston: Award-winning John Vaillant tackles fiction with The Jaguar’s Children

In 2009, John Vaillant and his family moved from Vancouver to the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. The acclaimed non-fiction author wasn’t actively looking for material: the year-long trip was his wife’s idea (she’s an anthropologist), and at the time Vaillant was eye-deep in the edits for his book The Tiger, which would go on to win British Columbia’s $40,000… → Read More