March 17, 2014
You Are God
Writing is all on the page. Take most other arts: film, music, painting, and what goes into the making of each – the processes, the materials, the effort, are not obvious, are not laid out bare. There’s ...
March 14, 2014
The Reading Rulebook
I used to go to a lot of public readings of poetry and fiction. Then I had kids, and rarely went, but recently, due to changing circumstances, I've been out to a few more, and what hasn't changed are ...
March 10, 2014
Travelling for Research
Travelling for writing research is an exciting way to make your work genuine and also justify a vacation, but the timing of such travel can be difficult to determine: when in the writing process should ...
March 06, 2014
Novels vs. Serial Television
Novels are big. It’s something you recognize when you’ve got a draft and you need feedback – what a big favour it is to ask someone, a friend or acquaintance or agent, to spend a dozen or more hours ...
March 03, 2014
Standing in the Light
Well hi. This is me standing nervously in the spotlight, governing my nerves. The light is blinding, I cannot see you out there, but in this bath of white energy I see dust motes floating, falling slowly, ...
March 03, 2014
The Dirty Dozen, with Brian Panhuyzen
By Open Book and Brian PanhuyzenBrian Panhuyzen is a short story writer and novelist and is Open Book: Toronto's March 2014 Writer-in-Residence.Stay tuned throughout the month to hear from Brian on subject ...
February 27, 2014
Multimedium Publishing and the Future of the Literary Press (Part 4 - Final)
Part 4: The corporate structure of the multimedium publisherEven I find it fascinating that as most media driven industry begins the slow destruction of their vertical structure that the future of books ...
February 26, 2014
Multimedium Publishing and the Future of the Literary Press (Part 3)
Part 3: The past + The future = The presentIf I may elaborate please. You've made it this far into my diatribe (Yay!). I promise that if what I'm saying does not make sense yet, it will soon. First, let's ...
February 25, 2014
Multimedium Publishing and the Future of the Literary Press (Part 2)
Part 2: The death of the traditional press and the birth of the multimedium publisherThat's right, I'm coining a term to describe what I have been observing. Presses that have roots tied to micro publishing ...
February 24, 2014
Multimedium Publishing and the Future of the Literary Press (Part 1)
It's 5:30 AM and I haven't been able to sleep, so I've decided to begin posting my final series of the month. Personally, I blame my buddy Andrew -- a DJ and record producer based in Germany. Due to time ...