April 06, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Personal "Firsts" In Kid Lit, Part OneBy Susan Hughes
My Time To series of three board books– Nap Time, Play Time, and Bath Time – are being published this September. This signifies two “firsts” for me – first board books ever, and first time ever ...
March 27, 2017
I’m an Immigrant and I’m Going to Take Your JobBy Bardia Sinaee
A few months ago somebody I know—a Polish immigrant—tried to convince me—an Iranian immigrant—that immigrants are taking all the jobs. Putting aside that this assertion has been proven wrong, ...
March 24, 2017
How to Feel, What to EatBy Ben Ladouceur
I just got a latte at Starbucks. My drink took a long time. While I waited I eavesdropped on a good chunk of a date, between a man and a woman, taking place at a table near the pick-up station. I believe ...
March 13, 2017
My final two columns: Part OneBy rob mclennan
After nearly a decade, my time as a columnist for Open Book comes to a close. According to my email folder, it was May 2009 when Amy Logan Holmes first approached me with the idea of submitting pieces ...
March 13, 2017
An Interview with Adèle BarclayBy James Lindsay
“I'm not too interested in the reader needing to understand the private language...” - Adèle BarclayAdèle Barclay’s BC Book Prize nominated If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach out for You (Nightwood) ...
March 13, 2017
Six With Lynx Sainte-MarieBy Jael Richardson
Six questions on identity, activism, Afrofuturism, #BlackSpoonieSpeak, and disability justice with Poet and Activist Lynx Sainte-Marie.ONEAs writers, our names and our bios are how we’re introduced ...
March 06, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Spotlight on Middle Grade Fiction - Part 2By Susan Hughes
Today I continue my chat with four terrific middle-grade novel authors. They’ll share more about their writing process, their aspirations for their writing -- and even reveal something … well, something ...
March 01, 2017
Geometry Made Into Poetry: A conversation with Mark Kingwell about the game of baseballBy Stacey May Fowles
For baseball devotees, whether they be of the emotional or analytical type, this time of year is one of hope, renewal, and endless possibility. Over the past few weeks, baseball players from across the ...
February 27, 2017
Book Criticism Is Not Book PromotionBy Bardia Sinaee
Most people won’t read most books. It seems like a truism, but it’s an important fact to keep in mind if you’re thinking of reviewing a book. Whether it’s a brief write-up in an industry magazine ...
February 22, 2017
The Same Aspirations Persist: An Interview with Cameron Anstee, editor of Apt. 9 PressBy Ben Ladouceur
In 2016, three of the five chapbooks nominated for the bpNichol Chapbook Award came from the same press, Ottawa’s Apt. 9 Press. One of those Apt. 9 Press nominees, Nelson Ball’s Small Waterways, ultimately ...