January 06, 2020
The Need for More Non-Traditional Mentorship in Canadian Publishing
When I was in school, the act of reading books was just that, reading books. I wasn’t categorizing them. I wasn’t thinking about publishing, editors, marketability, or whether or not a book was considered ...
November 25, 2019
Special Feature: Book*hug Press
On November 2, 2019, a throng of enthusiastic word nerds gathered at Harbourfront Centre to toast Book*hug Press on its fifteenth anniversary. It was an appropriate venue in which to celebrate, given ...
October 29, 2019
"When You Start Really Going with Writing, it Feels like Flying" Jess Taylor on the Freedom & Healing of Short Fiction
Jess Taylor's 2015 collection Pauls announced her as an innovative, creative, and fearless voice in Canadian short fiction. This fall she returns with a new book of stories, the memorably named Just ...
October 11, 2019
"Did You Know a Lion’s Heart Never Grows?" Read an Excerpt from Chris Eaton' Musical Novel, Symphony No. 3
19th-Century composer Camille Saint-Saëns was a prodigy who made his concert debut at just ten years old. He's credited with influencing French musicians for decades, including the iconic Maurice Ravel. ...
September 30, 2019
"When I Write Poetry, I Feel Limitless and Free" Hasan Namir, author of War / Torn, on Process & Poetry
Hasan Namir's debut collection, War / Torn (Book*hug), was one of the most buzzed-about books of poetry in the spring 2019 season for good reason; Namir's lucid, visceral examination of masculinity ...
September 27, 2019
"I See Contemplation, Vision, and Communication as Crucial Forms of Labour" Talking Poetry & Work with Alessandra Naccarato
With wins from the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and CBC Poetry Prize under her belt, Alessandra Naccarato's first full-length collection comes with high expectations. Re-Origin of ...
May 02, 2019
Getting to Know Coconut Dreams Author Derek Mascarenhas: Bloody Noses, Scars & Cozy Sweaters
Aiden and Ally Pinto, the brother and sister duo of the Pinto family, are at the heart of Derek Mascarenhas' linked story collection Coconut Dreams (Book*hug). Moving from Goa, India to suburban Canada, ...
January 07, 2019
Contest! Win Narrative Nonfiction from Book*hug's Essais Series
They say truth is stranger than fiction, and indie darlings Book*hug are bringing the strange, challenging,and fascinating to readers in their Essais Series of narrative nonfiction. With top Canadian ...
December 20, 2018
December Spotlight on Excerpts: Get a Taste of We All Need to Eat by Alex Leslie
We're counting down to the holidays the best way we know how - by gifting excerpts from fabulous books! Today is our final instalment for our December spotlight on excerpts and we're finishing with the ...
December 06, 2018
D. Nandi Odhiambo on Writing Violence, Authentic Choices, & Radical Doubt in His New Novel
In D. Nandi Odhiambo's Smells Like Stars (Book*hug), a diverse and vibrant cast of characters struggles with change, each in their own way. Journalist Kerstin Ostheim and freelance photographer P.J. ...