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WASM newsletter for November 29, 2021

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Community Events:

Join Concordia’s Global Holiday Celebration:

Wednesday, December 8, 6 – 7:30 PM EST

Turn on the festive mood with a classic Wine and Cheese with a twist hosted by Maya Toussaint, BA 05. You will be taken on a journey in the art of creating the perfect grazing platter from Food Stylist, Hanna Hajilou, BA 07, who will give you a step-by-step process on how to create this showstopper. Relish the moment by learning more about the complexities of wine pairings from Master of Wine, Jacky Blisson, BA 02. The evening will be full of flavours and textures to fully engage all your senses.

Register here: Concordia University


Printing and Thinking with Andrew Steeves and Lauren Williams

December 8th, 5:30 PM

by Jacquelyn Sundberg

Today, letterpress printers may seem like a mere teaching tool or vintage objects of display to some, but a working letterpress printshop can inspire creativity, play, discovery, and engagement in many ways. On December 8, join printer and typographer Andrew Steeves and McGill Library’s Lauren Williams for a discussion of the significance of functional letterpress printshops like McGill's Book Arts Lab, especially within an academic library.

More info and registration:

Printing and Thinking with Andrew Steeves and Lauren Williams | McGill Library - McGill University


McGill’s Ex Libris - Gifts:

Ex Libris Collection | McGill Library - McGill University


Thanksgiving (November in the USA) - Stories about food from The

Apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving? In East Africa, these fried treats are a hit. Aleya Kassam, one of the founders of Wau Eats in Nairobi, said her family has enjoyed making samosas for generations. As they experiment with different fillings, Americans living in Kenya are even ordering apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving.


More on food:

Chef Shahir Massoud talks about the classic and modernized takes on Egyptian cuisine in his debut cookbook as well as his path from accountant to chef and what that did to his parents!

More on Shahir’s new book - ‘Eat, Habibi, Eat’ - Fresh Recipes for Modern Egyptian Cooking:


Interesting reads:

By Matti Friedman; Photographs by Yadid Levy

From The Smithsonian - An Archaeological Dig Reignites the Debate Over the Old Testament’s Historical Accuracy

Beneath a desert in Israel, a scholar and his team are unearthing astonishing new evidence of an advanced society in the time of the biblical Solomon. Carved by industrious miners thousands of years ago, countless shafts wend through the desert of the Timna Valley.

Is the Old Testament Historically Accurate? | History | Smithsonian Magazine


From Annals of Design/New Yorker - How the World’s Foremost Maze-Maker Leads People Astray. By Nicola Twilley.

Photographs by Olaf Otto Becker for The New Yorker

Adrian Fisher has devoted the past four decades to bringing back mazes, long regarded as historical curiosities. He has created more than seven hundred—including one on a skyscraper in Dubai and another that’s now reproduced on Britain’s five-pound note.



Singer-songwriter Paul Kunigis talks about writing his latest album during the pandemic and incorporating all the languages he speaks into the song lyrics, including Polish and French. Listen to the interview with Sonali Karnick from CBC’s All in a Weekend:

Paul Kunigis has a show in December at Cabaret Lion d’or, Montreal. Check it out right here:



World Press Photo 2021 is online:

world press photo - online exhibition 2021 (


News from Lens Culture:


Two important people who have passed:

Lee Maracle - Honouring Stó:lō storyteller and matriarch Lee Maracle on Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild. Lee Maracle wasn't cut from a timid, quiet cloth. With every book the Stó:lō writer published, she set out to rip out the seams of the Canadian literary world and thread new paths for other Indigenous writers. Lee Maracle passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 71. This week on Unreserved, we honour the story quilt that Lee Maracle made with an extended conversation (parts never aired before) between Lee and Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild from 2018 and stories from Indigenous writers who were inspired by the incomparable woman. You'll hear from Métis matriarch Maria Campbell, Métis poet Gregory Scofield, Cree author Tracey Lindberg, and Anishinaabe novelist Waubgeshig Rice.

Lee’s many great books:


Stephen Sondheim:

Stephen Sondheim - Portrait by Yousuf Karsh, 1986

From the Guardian:

From CBC News:


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