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 ...
June 25, 2018
Eric Schmaltz's Reading Love: His Strangest, Most Comforting, & Most Unsettling Reads
Artist and writer Eric Schmaltz's Surfaces (Invisible Publishing) is a debut collection to remember. The poems are sharp and timely, reflecting Schmaltz's multi-media, cross-platform approach to art. ...
April 17, 2018
Laurel Croza on Tasty Book Snacks, Finding the Romance, & the Book She Holds as a "Model of What a Kid’s Book Can Be"
Laurel Croza has become a beloved name in picture books through I Know Here (illustrated by Matt James), which won the prestigious Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (amongst many other honours), and ...
February 15, 2018
Rachel Lebowitz on Her New Favourite Writer, Wuthering Heights, and the Strangest Book She Ever Read
A year with no summer might sound like a fable dreamt up by C.S. Lewis, but in 1816 it actually happened. The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in April of 1815 so disrupted the atmosphere that ...
January 24, 2018
Poet & Artist Judy Lowry on Her Reading Life, from Wordsworth Woes to Beat Poet Surprises
Judy Lowry's unforgotten dream (The Brucedale Press) is a poetry collection informed by the stark beauty of Grey County, where Lowry (who is also an artist) lives. The poems range freely, living up to ...
December 14, 2017
Richard Teleky Examines the "Ordinary Paradise" of the Unnoticed Art That Constantly Surrounds Us
Sometimes it is easy to forget we are constantly surrounded by works of art. In postcards and prints, books and movies, home crafts, and songs on the radio, we experience what author Richard Teleky refers ...
December 11, 2017
Getting to know Emily Anglin: Unrequited Teenage Love, the Allure of Gorey Covers, & the Book that Left Her Shaken
Emily Anglin's The Third Person (BookThug) is an electrifying debut. The uncanny short stories follow three characters whose worlds are, as the title suggests, disrupted when the third person arrives. ...
November 30, 2017
December 2017 writer-in-residence Dan MacIsaac on Not Stealing Leonard Cohen & Sopping up Blood with Shakespeare
Reverent and vibrant, Dan MacIsaac's debut poetry collection Cries from the Ark (Brick Books) has been praised as "carnal and joyous", with fellow writers declaring "Not since Eric Ormsby’s Araby have ...
November 20, 2017
Joey Comeau on Scholastic Book Fairs, Anne Rice, and the Book He Has Read Again and Again
Joey Comeau has always excelled in combining the sad and hilarious, whether in his books of collected cover letters, Overqualified and Overqualifieder, or in his cult favourite webcomic, A Softer ...
October 31, 2017
The Writer in the World: Coda
When I became that book all those years ago, the effects of art in my life were not definable. I only knew that I enjoyed storytelling and later I would appreciate that my relationship to story has everything ...