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WATCH LIST: September 2012

Have you seen, read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

How to Survive a Plague
DIRECTED BY DAVID FRANCE
(Ninety Thousand Words)

“At some point, your own life becomes history,” says journalist and documentarian David France. He spent three years finding archival footage of what he witnessed between 1985 and 1996 in New York City: “treatment activism,” the grisly struggle of AIDS activists to save their friends, family and communities from the disease, before major breakthroughs like anti-retroviral drugs drastically improved the lives of HIV-positive Americans. Sept. 28

The Energy of Slaves
BY ANDREW NIKIFORUK (Greystone Books)

Civilizations have historically flourished with cheap, plentiful energy. Since the abolition of slavery, that energy has come from fossil fuels, Andrew Nikiforuk argues in Energy Slaves, published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. As North Americans with “lifestyles as extravagant as those of Caribbean plantation owners” of the past, we must abolish our dependency on cheap fuel and redefine our relationship with the Earth’s resources, he writes. Sept. 4

Astray
BY EMMA DONOGHUE
(HarperCollins Canada)

The new collection of short stories from Emma Donoghue, author of the unconventional bestseller Room, is filled with characters who have gone astray. Set in the present and past, covering the Yukon to Louisiana, Astray starts with a few historical facts and teases them into timeless stories about finding the truth about life through human experience. Sept. 11

Tempest
BY BOB DYLAN
(Columbia Records)

Iconic folk singer Bob Dylan’s 35th studio album release marks the 50th anniversary of his self-titled debut recording. Not many took notice of Dylan’s first album, but his second received critical acclaim for its honest, poetic lyrics. Now, with an Oscar, almost a dozen Grammys and one Pulitzer Prize behind him, Dylan and his 10 new songs on Tempest have little chance of flying under the world’s radar. Sept. 11


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