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Canadian up for Bad Sex award

Canadian novelist Nancy Huston is up for the dubious distinction of writing the year's worst sexual prose. Huston is among eight authors shortlisted by the Literary Review for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her book Infrared.

Carrier pigeon's wartime code stumps experts

Dead bird with canister attached to its leg found in chimney after 70 years

Around Town: Black-tie gala aids hospitals

If you're going to be upstaged at a glitzy Victoria fundraiser, it might as well be by a bearded fat guy in a red suit.

Captured by the Nootka

How a little-read memoir by a sailor held captive by the Nootka became a book still treasured 200 years later. > Page D5

It's byelection voting day: Find out where the candidates stand

Sewage-teatment debate unexpectedly becomes crux of election

Tales from the vault: Captivity led to early native record

In 1807, a short book was published. Called A Journal Kept at Nootka Sound, it was the story of John Jewitt, a young sailor held captive by the Nootka Indians. It consisted mostly of short notes of his everyday life, and had little literary merit.

Dale Gann

Conservative Party of Canada Age: 44 Occupation: President of the University of Victoria-owned Vancouver Island Technology Park and the Marine Technology Centre Previous elected experience: None Community involvement: Saanich transportation planning

Donald Galloway

Green Party of Canada Age: 60 Occupation: University of Victoria law professor Previous elected experience: None Community involvement: pro bono work on behalf of the vulnerable; chairman of tenure review committee at University of Victoria Scottish-

Books: Debut novel an ambitious tale of the Kosovo War

Song of Kosovo By Chris Gudgeon Goose Lane Editions, 328 pp.; $29.95 Song of Kosovo is a remarkable first novel.

Short-story collection explores deep ground

Dear Life By Alice Munro Knopf, 336 pp., $26.95 She is regularly paired with Chekhov. In 2004, Jonathan Franzen suggested she might be "the best fiction writer now working in North America.