Mark Lisac

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After retiring from journalism in 2013, I now keep busy as an author and editor. I grew up in Hamilton, Ont., studied history at McMaster University and the University of North Carolina, and found a job in journalism at the Regina Leader-Post in 1973. That led to a move to Edmonton in 1978 and an unexpected career as a reporter and columnist specializing in regional politics. From 2005 to 2013 I was publisher and editor of an independent political newsletter. Retirement brought the opportunity to try fiction and freelance editing. I was surprised and gratified that my novel, Where the Bodies Lie, was selected as a finalist for best first novel in the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis awards.

Average rating: 3.55 · 29 ratings · 8 reviews · 4 distinct works
Where the Bodies Lie

3.37 avg rating — 19 ratings2 editions
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Alberta Politics Uncovered:...

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2004
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The Klein Revolution

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The Management Myth by Matthew Stewart
"The Ideology of Corporate Power

A sentimental aphorism has it that we’re all unique. Not so. Among the almost 8 billion people in the world, the chances that there is someone else who looks like you, talks like you, and even thinks like you if fair..." Read more of this review »
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The Fleur de Sel Murders by Jean-Luc Bannalec
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A very pleasant entertainment, much better written and more engaging than many of its type, and close to 4 stars. The characters are good although Commissaire Rose seems a bit idealized and the several suspects all seem to have unusually twisted past ...more
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Lady with Lapdog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
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Tightly told stories in which people live out the fates marked for them on the opening page. Except for the sharply distilled title story, I liked the two near-novellas best — A Boring Story and Ward 6. Other reviewers have commented on misogyny in t ...more
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Blackfly Season by Giles Blunt
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A nifty police thriller that makes a more enjoyable read than many in the genre. The plot and pacing are spot on. The setting, a barely fictionalized version of North Bay, Ontario, is appealing. Haven't read the others in the series so can't say how ...more
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Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
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A marvellous read (at least for those with patience). Most of the Fairchild family, a variegated clan but homogenous in its self-sufficiency, live on cotton plantations in an area apparently less than 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of Yoknapata ...more
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The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
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The mystery is fairly intriguing, which is the only reason I initially gave this 3 stars (quickly revised to 2 after a few days' reflection), or even finished the book. The writing is mediocre when it isn't bad. Much of the dialogue is improbable. Wa ...more
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Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas
"A Theology of the Imagination

Bartleby & Co. is a survey of the negative literature of the last two centuries - what hasn’t been written and why - with interludes of fiction. It is fascinating, informative and wonderfully inspiring. The book pr..." Read more of this review »
Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
" Another solid review that prompts an addition to my ever-growing to-read list. This one also piques interest because watching various levels of politi ...more "
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Bat Masterson by Robert K. Dearment
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Maybe 3.5 stars, but closer to 4 because after a year I find I remember it better than many other books after a year's time. Well written and intensively researched. Far better than the recent book Dodge City, by Tom Clavin, large sections of which r ...more
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
"Childhood Expectations

The Delphic maxim Nosce te ipsum, Know thyself, is the motivating force not only of Western philosophy and Christian theology but of much of Western literature. All of the volumes of In Search of Lost Time are an experiment i..." Read more of this review »
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