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WATCH LIST: September 2016

By Observer Staff

The Light Between Oceans

A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) are raising a baby girl rescued from the ocean waves, and they have everything they’ve ever wanted. But after they meet the real mother (Rachel Weisz), who believes her daughter drowned, the couple have a heart-wrenching decision to make. Sept. 2

The Spawning Grounds
(Knopf Canada)

Giller-shortlisted author Gail Anderson-Dargatz returns with a family saga that takes place in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia. The river is drying up, threatening the salmon. At the same time, things start to go wrong for the teenage great-grandchildren of the man who usurped the land as they struggle with a tarnished family past and the possibility of reconciliation. Sept. 6

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science
(The Crown Publishing Group)

Once an evangelical Christian, Mike McHargue had moved away from his upbringing to become an atheist. But one day, standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, he started to draw connections between the waves, God and science. In this memoir, he tells the story of coming back to faith, and how he has come to see God in subatomic particles, deep space and the human brain. Sept. 13

Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future
(Penguin Publishing Group)

Genetically modified corn is practically everywhere. But when author Caitlin Shetterly’s doctor recommended she eliminate it from her diet in response to a mysterious allergic reaction, her symptoms vanished. In this book-length expansion of an Elle magazine feature, Shetterly digs deep into the production, consumption and controversy of the world’s most ubiquitous staple. Sept. 20

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by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.


September 2017


by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?


July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.


June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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