Peter Norman, Emberton

Late in the novel, Lance’s co-conspirator and love interest, a thinly drawn rogue etymologist named Elena, suspects that the building is now forcing the two of them to fall in love. She resists, telling him, “This isn’t how you and I would really end up together. Our story’s not this tacky. Is it?”

My latest review for the Globe and Mail is about murderous dictionary publishers, rogue etymologists, and the unlikely, illiterate employee who tries to bring it all crashing down.

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Interview: Douglas Roche, Peacemakers

If you polled the average person about the state of the world today, chances are the response would be built around catastrophes, from climate change to financial collapses to human rights violations. Relatively few would jump to the fact that the global extreme poverty rate has been cut in half since 1990. Developing countries are developing faster. Infant mortality rates are dropping. So are disease rates. Last month, the World Health Organization declared that 10 Asian countries, including India, are now officially free of polio. (Measles has returned to Alberta, but that’s a different story.)

This week’s column is about Canada’s most decorated peacemaker, and the good news we won’t let ourselves believe.

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