April 01, 2016
Writing in Public
Harlan Ellison would occasionally set up a typewriter in the front window of a bookshop and crank out a story on public display for anyone who cared to watch him. The point he was making (other than the ...
February 09, 2016
The Lucky Seven Interview, with Shawn Selway
It's difficult to imagine the feeling of being taken from the people you know and love and isolated in a strange and unknown place. Such was the case with the evacuation of over 1,000 Cree and Inuit tuberculosis ...
February 08, 2016
Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes: Sex, and Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Writing Edgy YA (Part 1)
Drugs, gambling, sexual harassment, suicide, sexual abuse, physical abuse, cutting, death, sex, drugs, body image issues, bullying, STDs, abduction...between them, YA authors C.K. Kelly Martin, Don Aker ...
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 ...