January 15, 2018
On Margaret Atwood and the new CanlitBy Jen Sookfong Lee
It’s nine o’clock on a Sunday night and my son is asleep. This is a time reserved for me, a time when I usually don’t work or think about work, when I sometimes watch Stephen Colbert videos, or ...
January 05, 2018
An Interview with Marc Di SaverioBy James Lindsay
“The Main Way I Saw Through his Codedness was Through my Own Experiences,” an Interview with Marc Di SaverioIt’s all too easy, but also hard not to, mention Arthur Rimbaud when discussing Émile ...
December 29, 2017
The Canlit Year in Review: 2017 Can Suck ItBy Jen Sookfong Lee
I remember the moment when I realized that 2017 was going to irrevocably change Canlit. It was early in June, and I was sitting on a stage, speaking at a panel on diversity and the appropriation of voice. ...
December 27, 2017
Reading Books While Desperately Avoiding LonelinessBy Ben Ladouceur
There was a tree surrounded by countless of its kind, but also all alone, as the only one alive. Its nearby kin debarked and digested, steamed into slop, robbed of their resin and lignin, cleaned, screened, ...
December 18, 2017
An Interview with R. KoleweBy James Lindsay
“There’s no doubt that there’s a politics of nostalgia.” - R. KoleweAfter reading R. Kolewe’s Inspecting Nostalgia, discovering that his previous life involved working in software made sense. ...
December 14, 2017
Dear UBC AccountableBy Alicia Elliott
Dear UBC Accountable,It’s been one year since you released your open letter to UBC, and Canada, and the world. I don’t want to wish you a happy birthday, because it’s not happy. Not for me, and ...
December 12, 2017
Publishers and AwardsBy Dory Cerny
Though fall isn’t quite as busy a time for children’s literature awards as it is for the adult side of CanLit, the two most prominent prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Awards for text and ...
December 08, 2017
Books of the YearBy Stacey May Fowles
The end of the year is predictably a time for reviewing, taking stock, and of course, lots and lots of best of lists. In the world of books, there are some pretty obvious picks—award winners, best sellers, ...
December 04, 2017
Talking to Picture Book Creators - Part TwoBy Susan Hughes
Welcome back! I hope you enjoy part 2 of my Q and A with the creators of four super picture books—Nicola Winstanley, author of A Bedtime Yarn, Shauntay Grant, author of The Walking Bathroom, Scot ...
November 29, 2017
So You Want to Write About RaceBy Jen Sookfong Lee
Somehow I have become on expert on writing race.This was not something I planned for. When I started publishing, I was writing fiction about Chinese Canadian characters, about families who had been invisible ...