August 17, 2018
Form as HomeBy Sheniz Janmohamed
Every time I sit down to write, I find myself exasperated by the considerations. The considerations of who will be reading it, how it’ll be interpreted, if it’ll hurt someone within or outside my ...
August 13, 2018
Defending your writingBy Carrianne Leung
Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. As a kid, I read everything in my library from A – Z. I was the secretary of the Library Club and loved my after-school gig of sorting the books according ...
August 07, 2018
An interview with Jaime ForsytheBy James Lindsay
“How I fit myself into my work is something I’m still figuring out.”Jamie Forsythe’s I Heard Something finds mystery in the common place. Domestic scenes take on a surrealistic quality as the ...
July 31, 2018
On writers, politics, and when to just stop talkingBy Jen Sookfong Lee
Once upon a time, before the age of social media, Canlit was inclusive and kind, and political differences were settled amicably over whisky in private festival hospitality suites and the kind of dark ...
July 25, 2018
How to Make $3000 a Month Writing Children’s Books: A Case for Day JobsBy Naseem Hrab
When I was a teen, I thought that every children’s author got to sit at home alone and undisturbed, joyfully tapping away at a computer all day and night. Before I went off to university, I learned ...
July 20, 2018
On Literary Festivals and Crossed BoundariesBy Alicia Elliott
As a writer of creative nonfiction—in particular, one who draws very heavily from my own life and experiences—I’ve learned it’s important to determine whether something I want to write about is ...
July 16, 2018
Why It’s Okay If You Haven’t Finished Your First Book YetBy A.H. Reaume
I thought I would finish my first novel by the time I turned 25.I laugh at the absurdity of that now. But in my early 20s, I believed it when people told me that anything was possible with hard work and ...
July 13, 2018
An interview with Klara du PlessisBy James Lindsay
“It’s Very Common for me to Constantly Switch Codes While Thinking.”The poems in Klara du Plessis’ debut collection, Ekke, treat translation like ekphrasis, exploring in English the impossibilities ...
July 05, 2018
Scarborough: A SettingBy Carrianne Leung
When I was growing up in Scarborough, I loved it and hated it. I don’t think it’s an uncommon feeling towards places where we grew up. But there are things about coming of age in a suburb as a racialized ...
June 27, 2018
Why Do We Keep Picture Book Authors and Illustrators Apart? - or How to Play Well With OthersBy Naseem Hrab
I completely underestimated how emotional the whole process of creating a picture book would be. When my first picture book was being published, I became a horrible self-involved troll-person. I couldn’t ...