March 05, 2020
Read an Excerpt from Shani Mootoo's Chilling 'Polar Vortex'
Relationships are exciting. As two people begin to bond, walls are brought down, and vulnerabilities are shown. We invite a person into the sanctum of our private life, developing a sense of security ...
February 27, 2020
The Entitled Interview: March 2020 Writer-in-Residence Leslie Shimotakahara Finds Inspiration Through Family
Reading Toronto-based author Leslie Shimotakahara, you get the sense that family, and history, have always been important to her work.Her first book, the Canada-Japan Literary Prize-winning The Reading ...
February 25, 2020
Read an Excerpt From Paddy Scott's Darkly Funny Debut 'The Union of Smokers'
Kaspar Pine, the irreverent and foul-mouthed twelve year-old protagonist of Paddy Scott's debut novel The Union of Smokers (Invisible Publishing), tells you right away that he is going to die today. What ...
February 06, 2020
The Lucky Seven Interview: Joseph Maviglia Talks Authenticity, Rhythm, and His Gritty New Novel
Author Joseph Maviglia's new novel, The Sicilian Cowboys (Quattro Books), follows the story of Bobby DiRienzo, a young construction worker who flees to southern Italy after being involved in an on-site ...
January 22, 2020
Rugged Beauty, Stolen Horses and Tragic Circuses: Nick Tooke Takes a Trip to BC's Great Depression in his Debut Novel
Set in the ragged B.C. interior during the Great Depression, British-Canadian author Nick Tooke's debut novel The Ballad of Samuel Hewitt (Porcupine's Quill) tells the story of a teenage boy who, fueled ...
November 14, 2019
"The Murmur of an Inner Voice Evokes the Untamed Beauty of a Land to Be Discovered" Read an Excerpt from Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau's Blue Bear Woman
Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau's hauntingly beautiful Blue Bear Woman (Inanna), follows Victoria, a young Cree woman, on a journey ...
October 29, 2019
Governor General's Literary Award Winners Announced, including Honours for Book*hug, Playwrights Canada, & Groundwood Books
From a poetic exploration of Indigenous trans identity to the keenly imagined story of a brave young girl and her eagle friend, the 2019 winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards span numerous ...
September 30, 2019
Giller Prize Announces Six-Title 2019 Shortlist
Today the Scotiabank Giller Prize narrowed its 12-title longlist to just six titles. The 2019 jury with the tough task of whittling down the list is made up of Donna Bailey Nurse, Randy Boyagoda (jury ...
September 20, 2019
When History and Fiction Collide: On the Necessity of Irreverence
A week before I attended my first writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity last month, a historian in Vancouver gave me an envelope containing a strip of negatives. I developed them ...
September 09, 2019
Contest! Get the Best of Both Worlds with The Word on the Street's Facts and Fiction Prize Pack!
Are you a nonfiction lover? Or someone who adores curling up with a novel? Why not both?If you're more into fabulous writing that genre divides, we've got the contest for you! Courtesy of The Word on ...