October 17, 2017
Robert Clarke on Between the Lines Fighting the Good Fight for 40 Years
Small and mighty was the order of the day when independent Canadian publishers first became a force in this country's culture. The '70s in particular were times of huge expansion, with many small houses ...
October 13, 2017
Adam Bunch's Toronto isn't Boring - It's Deadly
We've all heard of a life story, but what about a death story? Just in time for the spookiest season, Adam Bunch's The Toronto Book of the Dead (Dundurn Press) offers a unique portal to the history of ...
October 11, 2017
Daniel Karasik on the Strange and Powerful Process of Retuning to Early Work
Daniel Karasik has tackled poetry and playwriting, gaining acclaim in both genres, and now he's proving that he's just as successful in fiction with the publication of Faithful and Other Stories (Guernica ...
October 04, 2017
Gillian Wigmore on Creating Characters from Her Road Not Travelled
Newlyweds arriving in a strange and remote small town makes for a classic, foreboding opener to a story. But Gillian Wigmore's Glory (Invisible Publishing) is like nothing readers have seen before, taking ...
September 28, 2017
October writer-in-residence Canisia Lubrin on Poetry's Vast Possibility, Books She's Loved, and Not Getting Writer's Block
Poet Canisia Lubrin's much buzzed about debut Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn) is a powerhouse of a collection. Lubrin is endlessly creative in pulling from science, pop culture, news stories, and ...
September 27, 2017
Tanya Lloyd Kyi on Guard Bears, Transitioning to Fiction, and Books that Break Your Heart
Isaac is just like any other teen - falling in love for the first time, hanging out with his best pal, and trying to get through his last year of high school. Except for his one big secret: his parents ...
September 05, 2017
Arleen Paré takes a Poetic Look at Two of Toronto's Most Influential Sculptors
Sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle were dominant forces in the Canadian art scene of the early and mid-20th Century. Their sculptures, still on display across the country, and the Sculptors Society ...
August 24, 2017
Michelle Berry's Tense New Novel asks us What Our Final Story Would Be
What story would you tell, if you knew it was the last one you would ever get to share? In Michelle Berry's The Prisoner and The Chaplain (Wolsak & Wynn), one man (the titular prisoner) is telling ...
August 03, 2017
Kevin MacKay on the Coming Ecological and Social Collapse & How We Can Still Avoid It
If you're feeling overwhelmed in the face of the worrisome changes to our economic and ecological environments, you may want to listen to Kevin MacKay. The Hamilton-based professor and activist has ...
August 02, 2017
Paul Butler on Subverting Jane Austen & How We Define Love
Jane Austen provided some of literature's most famous (and most beloved) happily ever afters, including in her first novel, Persuasion. But what happens after the curtain falls on those scenes? And what ...