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See, Hear, Read: eight hot new books, albums and shows—including Stephen Harper’s hockey tome

The scoop on the month’s red-hot releases

See, Hear, Read: The month's eight hottest books, albums and shows

Stephen Harper as a budding young right-winger

A Canadian Prime Minister writing a book about hockey is a little like an Australian PM writing about kangaroos: the stuff of hack comedy. And yet—A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey, a nostalgic look at the sport’s pre-history, is the literary debut of Stephen Harper (a more writerly “Stephen J. Harper” on the cover). Harper, who laced up for the Leaside Lions as a kid and is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, has been dropping hints about the book for years and claims to have spent a whopping 15 minutes a day on the tome. (He reportedly also employed a researcher and got advice from sports writer Roy McGregor, though his publisher claims every word in it is his own.) You could fill a small-town arena with the number of hockey books that come out every year, but Harper’s is the only one with a prorogued Parliament as part of its pre-publication build-up.


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The Erotic Education of Anna Silk: the Lost Girl star on playing a bisexual succubus

The Erotic Education of Anna Silk

A woman in a leather miniskirt and stilettos staggers down a darkened corridor and rings the buzzer beside a bolted door. The man inside interrupts his bare-chested boxing workout to let her in. “I’m busy,” he grumbles. “Please,” she pants through gritted teeth. Then she jumps him. They square off in a round of violent yet balletic sex. He hoists her off the ground and onto a counter; she retaliates by slamming him into a wall. He paws at her breasts while she claws at the tattoos on his back. Off comes her shirt, and he stealthily peels off her underwear. Soon they’re naked on the bed and she’s straddling him. They growl, groan and grunt like the Williams sisters at Wimbledon. As they arch together in one final thrust, the whites of her eyes turn solid black.

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 8: later, caterer

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TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 8

Last night’s episode started with some reflections from the chefs back at their, um, glamorous condo. Xavier Lacaze was amazed that he’d made it so far. Ryan Gallagher thought that Curtis Luk had been sent home too early. Carl Heinrich missed his girlfriend (it was her birthday). And Jimmy Stewart? He revealed that he still lived with his mom. “A lot of people might find that embarrassing,” he said. “Home will always be there. This will not.” Was that a sly forshadowing by the producers of things to come? Read on to find out.

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The best guilty pleasure on TV

The campy new TV series Lost Girl makes succubi sexy

After Buffy and Lord of the Rings and Lost, we are all nerds, hungry for the allegorical escapist pleasures that were once solely the domain of basement dwellers and fan convention addicts. So bring on Showcase’s campy fantasy series Lost Girl. The show unpacks the mythology of the Fae, a fractious underworld of folkloric creatures—banshees and goblins and morraghs!—that can pass above-world, too, but are mostly interested in humans when feeling peckish.

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: David Schwimmer, Strombo and Ron McLean on the red carpet for the official TIFF opening night party

Cast members from So You Think You Can Dance Canada at the TIFF opening party at Liberty Grand (Image: Karon Liu)

By all accounts, the official TIFF opening night party was a Canad-a-thon, mostly featuring TV actors, singers, filmmakers and movie stars from the Great White North. Our red carpet gallery captures the mood of the opening night of the festival as the party-goes arrive for their night at the Liberty Grand.

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