Book review: In fictional ‘Oslo, Maine,’ a musical couple from away collides with the locals

Book review: In fictional ‘Oslo, Maine,’ a musical couple from away collides with the locals

There’s a whole genre of “real Maine” novels, and I enjoy and treasure books that explore that familiar territory. Two I especially like are Carolyn Chute’s “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and Margaret Dickson’s “Maddy’s Song.” Both are far-reaching, honest and engaging. Both bring forth real truths and ideas. Based on the laudatory cover blurbs … Read more

Britney Spears’ dad struck a deal with TriStar Entertainment so they could profit from the singer, lawyer says

Britney Spears’ dad struck a deal with TriStar Entertainment so they could profit from the singer, lawyer says

Britney Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, has said that the singer’s former business manager is lying about his involvement in Jamie Spears’ 13-year conservatorship of the famous singer and that he is refusing to provide critical documents about his conduct. Someone is clearly lying TMZ obtained legal documents filed by Rosengart, in which he says that … Read more

Pedestrian killed in Toronto collision identified

Pedestrian killed in Toronto collision identified

The pedestrian who was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver in downtown Toronto on Canada Day has been identified by his family, remembering him as someone with a great sense of humour and a “huge heart.” Twenty-six-year-old Gregory Girgis was one of two pedestrians hit during a multi-vehicle collision at Wellington Street and … Read more

Review announced into management at Launceston hospital in wake of damning commission of inquiry evidence

Review announced into management at Launceston hospital in wake of damning commission of inquiry evidence

The Tasmanian government has announced it will immediately be conducting a review into child safety and the management of complaints at the Launceston General Hospital. Key points: The review will be carried out despite the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings still running The announcement of … Read more

Highland’ accessible literary festival Ness Book Fest will be back after two years of lockdown celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories

Highland’ accessible literary festival Ness Book Fest will be back after two years of lockdown celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories

NessBookFest will be back this year. In the picture from a past event: Barbara Henderson, Emma Hamilton, Liza Mulholland, Pauline Mackay and Alicia Socas. Picture: Callum Mackay. “The year of storytelling will really helps us just to go back to that really basic human need to connect,” said Elaine Downs as we sat down to … Read more