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 ...
August 27, 2018
An Open Letter to the Stranger Who Asked Me, “How Did You Write That Book for Children If You Don't Have Children?”By Naseem Hrab
Dear Stranger,I realize that writing a book is kind of a self-important undertaking. When I write, I sometimes imagine that there are people out there who might actually enjoy reading my words and letting ...
August 21, 2018
THREAD! The Role of the Twitter Essay in CanLitBy A.H. Reaume
When most people think of Twitter, they think of the short and pithy 280-character messages that the platform is best known for. But perhaps the most interesting content on the social network is shared ...
August 17, 2018
Form as HomeBy Sheniz Janmohamed
Every time I sit down to write, I find myself exasperated by the considerations. The considerations of who will be reading it, how it’ll be interpreted, if it’ll hurt someone within or outside my ...
August 13, 2018
Defending your writingBy Carrianne Leung
Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. As a kid, I read everything in my library from A – Z. I was the secretary of the Library Club and loved my after-school gig of sorting the books according ...
August 07, 2018
An interview with Jaime ForsytheBy James Lindsay
“How I fit myself into my work is something I’m still figuring out.”Jamie Forsythe’s I Heard Something finds mystery in the common place. Domestic scenes take on a surrealistic quality as the ...
July 31, 2018
On writers, politics, and when to just stop talkingBy Jen Sookfong Lee
Once upon a time, before the age of social media, Canlit was inclusive and kind, and political differences were settled amicably over whisky in private festival hospitality suites and the kind of dark ...