July 31, 2018
Tanis MacDonald on How We Can Expand Our Idea of the Writing Life to Include Smaller Communities
The stereotype of the artist and writer tends to be an urban one - tiny apartments; cigarettes and whisky; gritty, loud, and busy streets outside the window. But where do these pictures come from and, ...
July 10, 2018
Alain Deneault on Late Stage Capitalism & the Curious, Harmful Rise of the Mediocre
Alain Deneault is known for his take-no-prisoners approach to challenging corporations and political systems that undermine the public good (in particular, he is well known for being the target of lawsuits ...
March 13, 2018
"Titles are Chameleon in Nature" - Dani Couture on Poetry, Titles, & the Power of a Single Word
Dani Couture's fourth full length collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit (Wolsak & Wynn), plunges readers into the unmistakable poetic voice that has earned Couture numerous honours during ...
December 12, 2017
Susan Elmslie on the Poetic Power of Kindness and Vulnerability
The title of Susan Elmslie's Museum of Kindness (Brick Books) is instantly intriguing - especially when you know that part of the collection is inspired by the traumatic aftermath of the shooting that ...
November 28, 2017
Tanya Talaga on the Title and Tragedy of Seven Fallen Feathers
The tragic story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack is a rightfully well known one now in Canada - how the young boy froze to death after running away from a residential school. What is less known is that ...
October 03, 2017
Gillian Sze on the Meaning Behind her New Title
For the non-botanists among us, the title of Gillian Sze's bold new poetry collection Panicle (ECW Press) may initially be puzzling. But that challenge - to work a little harder, to look a little closer, ...
September 07, 2017
Nick Mount on the CanLit Boom of the 1960s & What It Meant for Canada
Former Walrus fiction editor and beloved U of T professor Nick Mount knows a thing or two about Canadian literature. Not only did he discover and boost many new voices during his time at the Walrus, but ...
August 22, 2017
Literary Titans Revisited editor Anne Urbancic on the Two Kinds of Titles
In Literary Titans Revisited: The Earle Toppings Interviews with CanLit Poets and Writers of the Sixties (Dundurn Press), editor Anne Urbancic uses recently unearthed recordings to take us back to ...
August 15, 2017
Naben Ruthnum on Titles, Curry, and What's Next
Coach House Books' unique Exploded Views series publishes short and sweet non-fiction books that offer fresh perspectives on complex issues. Their newest offering is Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum's ...
July 14, 2017
Daniel Coleman on the Complexities, Labour, and Reward of a Connection to the Land
Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place (Wolsak & Wynn) by Daniel Coleman examines a theme that is both timely and timeless - the question of place and belonging. How do newcomers relate to an existing ...