October 11, 2017
On Pseudoscience, Wrestling, and Finding Storytelling in the UnconventionalBy Alicia Elliott
When I was in university I had to take a science course to complete my undergraduate degree. I decided on “Science and Pseudoscience” – mostly because the title reminded me of the sort of conspiracy ...
September 29, 2017
Chatting With Editors Who Make It Happen - Part OneBy Susan Hughes
Welcome to autumn and the return of my Kid Can lit blog! Because to me, September is a time to look forward to new beginnings, especially new writing projects, I decided to chat with some of the amazing ...
September 27, 2017
How I Learned to Write What Scares MeBy Jen Sookfong Lee
Three years ago, I wrote a poem.Back then, a few very big things happened in my life. My marriage died. I found a new publisher. And, perhaps most importantly, I started teaching.For my entire publishing ...
September 12, 2017
An Interview with Sarah PinderBy James Lindsay
“When you empty out your psychic pockets, how do all the disparate pieces relate to each other?”I read Sarah Pinder’s most recent poetry collection, Common Place, while commuting from my home in ...
September 07, 2017
CanLit is a Raging Dumpster FireBy Alicia Elliott
We’ve all said it, heard it, or, more than likely, done both at some point in the past year and a half. In fact, it would seem that dissatisfaction with the state of CanLit, strangely enough, is the ...
August 30, 2017
“I think suffering shows us who we truly are.” - Q&A with Gurjinder BasranBy Stacey May Fowles
A Q&A with Gurjinder Basran, author of Someone You Love is GoneIn 2010, debut novelist Gurjinder Basran won the Search for the Great BC Novel Contest, and the following year took home the Ethel Wilson ...
August 25, 2017
Welcome to the Great White NorthBy Lily Quan
A lifelong Torontonian, I left my hometown several years ago for the Far North. I watched Toronto transform from a big city with the heart of a small town to an enormous city that seemed heartless. I ...
August 25, 2017
6 Marketing Tips for Debut AuthorsBy Carly Watters
Publishers are great partners, but they don’t usually do the heavy lifting in terms of marketing—especially for debut authors. In a partnership both parties have to pull their weight, which requires ...
August 21, 2017
Publishing the UnpublishedBy Evan Munday
A closer look at an instigating moment in Canadian booksThe evening of June 22, Harbourfront Centre hosted a special International Festival of Authors event. Though the series is best known for presenting ...
August 16, 2017
Considering the IncompleteBy Ben Ladouceur
I love to buy something then cut it in half. I did this recently with a product called the World’s Best Dishcloth and felt like a genius. Now I had two dishcloths and they were both the best dishcloth ...