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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
February 05, 2013
I Have No Idea What I'm Doing
As someone who spends a good part of their life and career on the internet, I have a sneering, love-hate relationship with memes. Many of them are misused and go off the rails, but a good one can be golden. ...
November 21, 2012
The Dirty Dozen, with Safia Fazlul
The Harem (TSAR Publications) is Safia Fazlul's literary debut. The book tells the story of Farina, a young woman who, in her desperation to escape her strict household, finds herself caught up in a confusing ...
November 24, 2011
So You Think You Can Dance Write?
An investigation of the writing of characters engaged in the physical act of dancing for an extended period of time in poetry and fiction by Nathaniel G. MooreHow does a writer choreograph the movement ...
November 22, 2011
The Proust Questionnaire, with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, also known as the Yarn Harlot, is the author of All Wound Up (Simon & Schuster Canada). Her hugely popular knitting blog receives more than 40,000 visitors per month.In her ...
August 10, 2011
Ten Questions, with Michael Bliss
Michael Bliss has been hailed as one of Canada's leading intellectuals and is often approached for his opinion on political, cultural and historical issues. His achievements have earned him an Order of ...
December 20, 2010
Hermaphroditism and Literature
Kathleen Winter’s sumptuous, Giller-nominated Annabel, from House of Anansi, tackles the theme of hermaphroditism with gusto. Based on a true story, her book focuses on a child born in late-1960s Labrador, ...
February 19, 2010
"A movie Began to Play Out in My Mind’s Eye": Kathleen Grissom on Her Novel, The Kitchen House
Kathleen Grissom talks about reading, writing, the inspiration for her first novel, The Kitchen House (Simon & Schuster), and the research she did while writing her book.Q:How did you come to write ...