May 21, 2019
"These Poems Attempt the Impossible" The 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Nominees on Poetry, CanLit & More
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, administered by the Writers' Trust and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, has a downright impressive track record of recognizing remarkably talented ...
April 26, 2019
Amazon Announces First Novel Award Shortlist
The Amazon First Novel Award returns this year with an even bigger prize purse: the winner will receive $60,000 and each of the six finalists will receive $6,000 in prize money.The winner will be ...
April 26, 2019
"Inclusion Means More Than Just Checking a Box" FOLD Authors Ferguson, Foster & Rice on CanLit, How They Write & What They're Reading
It's hard to think of a literary event that has grown and expanded as quickly and with as much excitement around it as the The Festival of Literary Diversity (aka the FOLD). In just a few short years, ...
April 18, 2019
"Because We Exist and It Is Beyond Time": The FOLD's first ever WIR S.K. Ali on Bringing Diverse Books to Young Readers
Canada's most innovative literary festival, the FOLD (the festival of literary diversity) continues to evolve and add new elements every year. One of the brand new additions for 2019 is the festival's ...
March 19, 2019
How Twitter Transformed My Writing Life
“Ugh, I’m on Twitter and I hate it,” I remember telling a friend and fellow writer at her birthday party last year.The room was full of writers and the conversation had somehow shifted to talk about ...
January 15, 2019
On Re-Fusing CanLit--Or Why We Need Integrity, Community, and Roses
In a lot of the trauma memoirs I’ve been reading lately, I see the same metaphor used to describe the process of healing. You’ve likely heard it too. It compares healing from trauma to the Japanese ...
September 12, 2018
How to Finish Your Damn Book - For Beginners!
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 ...
August 31, 2018
On the future of Canlit
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 21, 2018
THREAD! The Role of the Twitter Essay in CanLit
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 ...
July 31, 2018
On writers, politics, and when to just stop talking
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 ...