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 ...
February 14, 2017
It's Black History Month and I'm tired alreadyBy Jael Richardson
A recommendation for a new kind of BHMWhen I was in high school, February was always a busy month. Every January, the black students who were dancers and musicians, writers and performers, would get together ...
February 10, 2017
Ottawa finally gets a city Poet Laureate (again)By rob mclennan
In case you weren’t aware, we’ve recently been celebrating the fact that VERSe Ottawa, the organization responsible for the organizing of Ottawa’s annual VERSeFest poetry festival, has announced ...
February 07, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Spotlight on Middle Grade Fiction - Part 1By Susan Hughes
Happy 2017! This month and next, I’m spotlighting middle-grade (MG) novels -- stories written for readers who are generally within the 7 to 12-year-old age range. I’ve written one MG novel (Island ...