January 29, 2016
Poets in Profile: Steve Meagher
The poems in Steven Meagher's Navy Blue (Guernica Editions) capture the late night colouring of its title — exhilarating, sharp, urban and smart. It's an insightful debut that takes on everything from ...
January 21, 2016
The WAR Series: Writers As Readers, with Kenneth Sherman
Poet and essayist Kenneth Sherman has ventured into the realm of memoir with his powerful new book, Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).Starting from the time of his diagnosis, ...
January 18, 2016
The Lucky Seven Interview, with Paul Yee
Governor General's Literary Award winner Paul Yee is shaking things up, switching to writing fiction for adults after publishing nearly thirty books for young readers and adult non-fiction. A Superior ...
January 14, 2016
The Entitled Interview with Phil Hall
Drawing on the wilds of rural Ontario and his own family and artistic mythology as inspiration, Phil Hall's four decades of poetic invention have influenced countless other Canadian poets. Often called ...
December 21, 2015
Poet in Preview: Michael Prior
BT: Michael, in 2014 you released your first chapbook, Swan Dive, with Frog Hollow Press. Of course, before that chapbook was even published you were already a well-known, well-respected poet in the Canadian ...
August 19, 2015
The Lucky Seven Interview, with Austin Clarke
There is only one Austin Clarke — a writer who, at this stage in his career, has gone beyond mere awards and honours (of which he holds many) to become part of the very fabric of Canadian culture.So ...
April 21, 2014
Special Interview: Dr. Francis Warner on the AGO's Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty
Artists Francis Bacon and Henry Moore were contemporaries (though never collaborators) who shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle and survival in relation to the human body. ...
October 04, 2013
The Proust Questionnaire, with Scott Carter
Barrett Fuller is a womanizer. A boozer. A drug user. What many people don't know though, is that he's also the man behind an incredibly successful (and necessarily pseudonymous) series of children's ...
April 24, 2013
Words & Pictures Interview with Sasha Suda, Assistant Curator, AGO
We may worship our bookshelves in our own ways today, but early books had a much more literal connection to the spiritual. They were considered art objects and closely bound to religious tradition — ...
March 26, 2013
Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes: Classic Canadian Children's Books, Old and New (Part Two)
Welcome back to the kick-off of my monthly blog on Open Book: Toronto, which will be celebrating Canadian children's books, their creators and the kid lit biz in general!In Part One of this blog, I asked ...