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Site: www.colombo.ca.
Phone: 416-782-6853 (voice). Fax: 416-782-0285
Email for John     Email for Ruth
Mailing address: 42 Dell Park Avenue, Toronto,
ON, Canada M6B  2T6.

For JRC’s latest reviews and commentaries, press the Green Button.

Contents  The site lists more than two hundred books, from the earliest to the latest, and it identifies those titles that are still in print. [Total of all books in July 1, 2016: 231 titles.] Those books should be ordered directly from their original publishers (including C&C). In addition to lists of books, there are essays on various topics. Check the Subjects of Interest category with its drop-down menus. Also check the Blog where I explain what I am currently doing.

Online Poetry The texts of six of JRC’s poems appear online in the immense website known as “Representative Poetry” hosted by the University of Toronto Library. This link will take you to them. These are earlier poems composed by JRC.

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I Dream of Pallas Athene

I Dream of Pallas Athene offers the reader thirty-nine original poems, some quite lengthy, that honour the spirit of Pallas Athene as a goddess of the Ancient Greeks and also in her present emanations as the Oracle, the Sibyl, the Witch, the Wiccan, the Psychic, the Channeler, and the Googler. Ruth Colombo, the author, is a retired Professor of English and Canadian Studies and is the author of the three-volume trilogy titled Sisters Agonistes – Sisters of Elysium, Sisters of Earth, Sisters of Olympus. ISBN-10 1-894540-90-5. Cover design by Bill Andersen. Trade paperback format, 6 x 9 inches, 216 pages. $35.00 plus postage and handling.

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Serious Considerations

John Robert Colombo’s latest publication consists of all the poems and effects that he composed during the year 2018. The contents appear in chronological order, as do the entries in the Canadian author and anthologist’s diary or journal entries for the same year. It is surprising how many subjects and topics were depicted and described during those 365 days – difficult days by and large – so that it is hard to expound on the great range of interests shown in Future Considerations. As one poem begins: “Yes, it is hard to be a god, / Even a lesser god … / Especially a lesser god.”

6 x 8 inches, cover design by Bill Andersen, trade paperback format, published in 2019, total of 232 pages, ISBN-10 1-894540-88-3, $35 plus HST and postage.

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The Notebooks of John Robert Colombo

This is the general title of five volumes that collect the occasional writings of one of the most prolific of Canada’s authors and anthologists. It is a treasury of his lesser-known works. In addition to researching, writing, editing, collecting, compiling, annotating, translating, and publishing over 222 books between the years 1957 and 2017, the author has written more than 1,000 short articles and essays – more than 1,000,000 words in all – that are now appearing, in the main for the first time, in this uniform edition. The Notebooks shed light on the achievement of this writer and editor-at large and share with readers, both general and specialist, one person’s informed thoughts, observations, feelings, and enthusiasms about cultural considerations, civilized values, literature, mysteries, Canadiana, and the world at large.

Soft cover. 5.5 x 8.5 inches, French flaps, author photographs by Bill Andersen, set of five books, trade paperback format, total of 2,323 pages.

Volume I: ISBN-13: 978-1-55497-760-4
Volume II: ISBN-13:978-1-55497-761-1
Volume III: ISBN-13:978-1-55497-762-8
Volume IV: ISBN-13: 978-1-55497-763-5
Volume V: ISBN-13: 978-1-55497-764-2

Set of 5 Volumes: ISBN-13-978-1-55497-795-9 (trade paperbacks)
Set of 5 Volumes: ISBN-13-978-1-55497-766-6 (e-books)

Available from The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. $150.00

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Curious Canadiana

Here is an entertaining compilation of out-of-the-way Canadiana discovered and presented by John Robert Colombo. The information is described in a novel manner. This is not a quiz book (long questions, short answers) but a question-and-answer book (short questions, long answers). The exchanges are grouped by categories: People, Places, Things, Ideas. Amaze yourself, amaze your friends. Ideal for both the browser and the specialist.

Soft cover. Cover design by Bill Andersen. 5.5 x 8.25 inches, 250 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1-55497-804-5 (trade paperback); ISBN-13: 978-1-55497-805-2 (Adobe e-book). A publication of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. $30.00

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More of Less

In these pages are more than 175 poems and effects, along with twelve months of entries from the author’s daily journal. They document the year 2017 as lived by John Robert Colombo. Here are musings and amazements aplenty: tributes, reminiscences, plays on words, philosophical arguments, answers to unasked questions, lists, innovations, etc. The reader will be surprised at the turn of every page.

Soft cover. Designed by Bill Andersen. 6×9 inches, 296 pages, ISBN-10 1-894540-85-9 $50.00

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode One


 
Listen to the latest works of John Robert Colombo as presented by Canada’s “Master Gatherer” himself. Hear lore and literature — aphorisms, poems, jokes, ghost stories, ufo experiences, Canadiana — specially researched by the Toronto-based author and anthologist each week for “Colombo’s Podcast.”

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 2

Ten-word stories…

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 3

Four poems…

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 4

Quotations about Canada…

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 5

Saskatchewan jokes…

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 6

Famous Fantastic Quotations…

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 7

Important Canadian quotation from 1839

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 8

Short Essays

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 9

Ghosts and Spirits

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 10

The Bohemian Embassy

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 11

Should Pope Pius XII be canonized?

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