December 08, 2017
Books of the Year
The end of the year is predictably a time for reviewing, taking stock, and of course, lots and lots of best of lists. In the world of books, there are some pretty obvious picks—award winners, best sellers, ...
December 04, 2017
Talking to Picture Book Creators - Part Two
Welcome back! I hope you enjoy part 2 of my Q and A with the creators of four super picture books—Nicola Winstanley, author of A Bedtime Yarn, Shauntay Grant, author of The Walking Bathroom, Scot ...
December 01, 2017
What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers
What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging WritersCALL FOR SUBMISSIONSThe Ontario Book Publishers Organization is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until ...
November 29, 2017
So You Want to Write About Race
Somehow I have become on expert on writing race.This was not something I planned for. When I started publishing, I was writing fiction about Chinese Canadian characters, about families who had been invisible ...
November 21, 2017
An Interview with Canisia Lubrin
“I think memory, or more specifically, history, plays a role in how we understand ourselves." - Canisia Lubrin. The encyclopedic poetry of Canisia Lubrin simultaneously works on intellectual and cerebral ...
November 20, 2017
Talking to Picture Book Creators - Part One
Admit it: Don’t you just wish you were me sometimes?Because when I recently came across four super picture books—A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley, The Walking Bathroom by Shauntay Grant, Federica ...
November 13, 2017
On Being an Ill Writer
Every day for a few years now, I’ve had to navigate my fatigue. Sometimes it’s only subtle, tugging at my consciousness as a toddler might. Sometimes it’s pervasive and insistent: clouding my thoughts, ...
November 08, 2017
In conversation with Margie Wolfe, publisher of Second Story Press
For almost 30 years, Second Story Press has been at the forefront of publishing books that champion feminism, social justice, and diversity. Orchestrating these efforts is publisher Margie Wolfe, who ...
November 03, 2017
Writers & Money - Part Three
This is next installment in a series of surveys that I posted in order to get an idea of how different writers manage to make ends meet. You can read the first response here: http://open-book.ca/News/Writers-and-Money and ...
October 27, 2017
How My Version of the Canlit Community Sustains Me
Two months ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. She is a mother. She is a prolific, brilliant writer. And she was my very first writer friend.We first met working ...