May 22, 2019
Picture Book Author & Paper Artist Thao Lam on the Books that Shaped Her & the Canadian Illustrator Whose Work Taught Her to Draw
When you read the title of My Cat Looks Like My Dad (Owlkids Books), the latest picture book from acclaimed writer/illustrator Thao Lam, you immediately know you're in for something funny, charming, ...
May 10, 2019
Nancy Jo Cullen on Library Love, Recommended Reads, and Bronwen Wallace
Fans of Nancy Jo Cullen know that she is the rare writer who can do it all; her writing is smart, sharp, and memorable in poetry, short fiction, and now, in a novel: Western Alienation Merit Badge (Wolsak ...
January 24, 2019
"You Can Live Whole Other Lives" H.B. Hogan on Discovering the Most Important Books in Her Life
H. B. Hogan's debut collection of stories, This Keeps Happening (Invisible Publishing), is sit-up-and-take-notice short fiction. Assured, wonderfully strange, deftly funny, and totally fresh in both ...
December 17, 2018
"I Learned That Writing Could Be Hilarious" Naseem Hrab on the Books that Shaped Her Writing Life
Acclaimed picture book author (and beloved Open Book columnist!) Naseem Hrab knows a thing or two about friendship, and she captures that magic in her Ira Crumb series, the newest instalment of which ...
November 29, 2018
Journalist and Debut Author Robert F. Delaney on His Formative Reading, Including Adams, Coupland, & Choy
Journalist Robert F. Delaney has been covering China for major news outlets since 1995, so when he was crafting the setting for his debut novel, The Wounded Muse (Mosaic Press), he had decades of experience ...
November 21, 2018
Naomi M. Moyer, Artist & Author of Black Women Who Dared, on the Books That Shaped Her
Successful business women; fearless anti-slavery activists; tireless healthcare advocates - these are just a few of the deeply inspiring feats represented in Black Women Who Dared by artist Naomi M. ...
October 31, 2018
November writer-in-residence & Double Debut Author Brian Wilkinson on the Books That Shaped Him
Brian Wilkinson decided to start his publishing life with a bang -- this fall, he's got not one, but two books out with Blue Moon Publishers as a double debut: Paramnesia and Battledoors: The Golden ...
October 10, 2018
Lisa Moore on Mavis Gallant, Literary Tropes, and Red Ribbon Sentences
CanLit short story queen, Newfoundland-based author Lisa Moore needs little introduction. Her honours keep stacking up (most recently, Moore scooped her third Giller nomination on this year's longlist, ...
September 11, 2018
Tamara Faith Berger on The Happy Hooker, Judy Blume, & Her Fantasy Pick for Canada Reads
There's nobody quite like Tamara Faith Berger, whose striking, smart, erotic, and memorable writing upends every CanLit stereotype and has won her legions of devoted readers. She returns this fall ...
June 28, 2018
July 2018 WIR Daniel Perry on Favourite Reads & Biggest Literary Influences, from O'Brien to du Maurier
You can almost feel the dusty air of Currie Township in Daniel Perry's stories. The desire to escape the rotting barns and crumbling roadways is palpable, and captured viscerally in the character of ...