June 21, 2017
Meritocracy in a Pale WorldBy Cherie Dimaline
Inevitably, I find myself having this conversation:“Why does there always have to be preference or segregation? We should all be judged together and that the best literature will naturally rise to the ...
June 15, 2017
Combatting Oppression With CommunityBy Jael Richardson
Two months ago, I attended Fuel for Fire, a professional development conference for writers of colour, organized by the Ontario Arts Council. The event provided a venue for discussions about writing and ...
May 24, 2017
Happy Birthday, Marian Engel!By Ben Ladouceur
Today is the eighty-fourth birthday of Marian Engel, or it would be, had the novelist not died of cancer in 1985. Now, instead of a person, she is a name, survived like all people by her family and friends, ...
May 19, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Personal "Firsts" In Kid Lit, Part TwoBy Susan Hughes
Welcome back to my conversation with five amazing authors about their “firsts” in children’s publishing.Just to catch you up: Naseem Hrab is pleased to have her first picture book published; Suzanne ...
May 17, 2017
“What If Everyone Is Having the Same Thoughts, but in a Different Order?” an Interview with Suzannah ShowlerBy James Lindsay
Thing Is, the latest collection of poetry from Suzannah Showler, shares a tone that fits somewhere between the quirky intellect of This American Life and the dream-logic ambles of Sleep with Me. It ...
May 08, 2017
Tips from a Festival DirectorBy Lily Quan
One of the surprising things to happen when I moved to Yukon was that I became director of an annual writers’ conference. As part of my role, I secure authors, negotiating their fees, even signing their ...
April 28, 2017
Publishing Tips for the Existentially EndangeredBy Bardia Sinaee
A couple of years ago I had a serious health scare. Without going into too much detail, I was admitted into the hospital in late spring and for a brief time no one was able to tell me for sure whether ...
April 19, 2017
In Praise of Those Who Publish NothingBy Ben Ladouceur
Like many of my time zone, I spent the night of November 9th with my smartphone on the same pillow as my head, awakening every now and again to check, and get my mind around, the news. I also had very ...
April 13, 2017
Poetry in YukonBy Lily Quan
“The next unit is Poetry.”Was there any phrase that could make me less popular as a teacher?I was teaching Grade 8 English in Dawson City, an historic Gold Rush town of 1,500, just 5 hours from the ...
April 09, 2017
My final two columns: Part TwoBy rob mclennan
As rob has mentioned, this is the second part of his final column for Open Book. The staff at Open Book would like to share our appreciation for a decade of columns, and for rob's contributions to the ...