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I’ve been invited to present at a literary festival, now what?By Vikki VanSickle
From the Brigadoon-esque setting of The Eden Mills Writer Festival to the hustle and bustle of TIFA Kids, it’s literary festival season. Everyone loves an invite to a party, but make sure you have all ...
September 14, 2023
The Pull of Two NeedlesBy Julie Cameron Gray
My first version of this essay was about how my two obsessions, knitting and writing, don’t compete with each other. I wrote at length about how they spin together in my brain in complicated steps, ...
September 11, 2023
The work of an editor at Coach House BooksBy Alana Wilcox
Editing, at its best, is invisible. The reader of a book will never know what the manuscript looked like when it was submitted, never know what the author and editor changed to make the finished book ...
September 05, 2023
Something to delight in: Why I became a book publicistBy Hollay Ghadery
From my bookish beginnings as an anxious kid who preferred the certainty of a good story to the probable humiliation of trying to make new friends, I always believed that making a career out of books ...
August 28, 2023
How Much Do Book Tropes and Aesthetics Matter?By Samantha Garner
If you’ve spent time on Twitter or Instagram recently, you may have noticed authors and readers sharing graphics that outline a book’s major tropes, or the aesthetics of a book through mood boards.I’ll ...
August 25, 2023
Book Launch Season, Part One: Being an AuthorBy Manahil Bandukwala
In the book world, the arrival of fall usually means the arrival of a whole host of new books to look forward to. And with new books comes book launches, tours, and celebrations—and sometimes it can ...
August 23, 2023
Trashpanda Futures in Quality Time and The MarigoldBy Suzannah Showler & Andrew F. Sullivan
Suzannah Showler & Andrew F. Sullivan on the Raccoons of TorontoToronto has one true mascot, a creature with a deeper understanding of the city than any human. The raccoon makes a significant appearance ...
August 18, 2023
Picture Book TrendsBy Vikki VanSickle
Picture books, like all art forms, are subject to trends and shifts in theme, style and format. I don’t necessarily recommend writing to trend, but it’s always good to be familiar with what’s working ...
August 10, 2023
Book Therapy: Late-Summer ReadingBy Stacey May Fowles
We’ve now reached the point in the summer where my inner voice starts screaming “but there’s not enough time!” at full volume. With my genuine distaste for winter weather, summer is a precious ...
July 31, 2023
Managing a Writing Career and Mental IllnessBy Samantha Garner
As someone who's dealt with chronic depression and anxiety for most of my life, I know how difficult it can be to balance mental illness and writing. Sometimes, the thought of working on my latest book ...