November 06, 2018
An Interview with Paul VermeerschBy James Lindsay
Self-Defense for the Brave and Happy, the sixth collection by poet, professor, artist and editor. Paul Vermeersch, feels like a flashlight found in a blackout. By his own admission, when writing the poems, ...
October 23, 2018
Bad Reviews and Broken Hearts: How to Deal with All the FeelingsBy Naseem Hrab
First: Spend several years working on you—I mean, a manuscript. Revise each draft based on feedback from your therapist—I mean, editor. Get Tinder—I mean, get publishing deal. Agonize over each ...
October 10, 2018
A Tribute to Literary FriendshipsBy A.H. Reaume
“Are you a writer?” I asked the girl standing on the other side of the table.I was manning a booth for a writing program at an outdoor literary festival. It was cold and attendance was down. Most ...
October 04, 2018
An Interview with Shazia Hafiz RamjiBy James Lindsay
“My Instinct was to Listen and Notice in Order to Survive.” - Shazia Hafiz RamjiIn her debut collection, Port of Being, Vancouver poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji manages to take the personal and make it into ...
October 01, 2018
Why Does It Take So Long to Make a Picture Book?: Or, How To Get Really Good at WaitingBy Naseem Hrab
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t prepared for all the waiting I’d have to do in life. And when it comes to writing, you do a lot of waiting. Waiting for inspiration to strike. Realizing that ...
September 27, 2018
Coming to VoiceBy Carrianne Leung
I worked on this piece while at a residency for BIPOC writers in the fall of 2017. I did not pick it up again when I returned. While workshopping it there, I was not convinced it captured what I was trying ...
September 21, 2018
A draftBy Ben Ladouceur
For years my partner and I lived in a condo, one of the four sides of which was flanked by windows, only one. The world was out there and we were in here, boxed, safe, separate, tucked away in the proscenium. ...
September 12, 2018
How to Finish Your Damn Book - For Beginners!By A.H. Reaume
I often joke that writing a novel is like running a marathon---only no one bothers to tell you what the route is. When the gun goes off, you’re just supposed to head off in whatever direction you think ...
September 05, 2018
“Our Intimate Relations Reveal so much of our Oppressions,” an Interview with Gwen BenawayBy James Lindsay
Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway’s highly anticipated third collection of poetry, is constructed of deceptively plainspoken poems that want to talk to you about complex things. Its subjects are nothing less ...
August 31, 2018
On the future of CanlitBy Jen Sookfong Lee
You guys, this is my last Open Book column.I have been writing this column for a year now and I’ll admit I didn’t know what I was going to write about when Holly Kent and Kevin Hardcastle asked me ...