August 12, 2016
Tokenism vs. Inclusion
Last month, I wrote a piece about my frustrations with the lack of diversity in Canada’s publishing industry. In the comments, it was mentioned that while some folks are trying to make improvements, ...
July 11, 2016
12 Reasons CanLit's Got Me Feeling so Tired
I sat through and wandered by a lot of literary industry panels at a recent event where the large majority of the industry panelists were white. And while it’s not an unusual experience in the CanLit ...
June 06, 2016
All Roads Lead to Brampton
We’ve been tallying up the responses for surveys from last month’s Festival of Literary Diversity and we’re thrilled by all the feedback – the good and the bad. It’s helpful to know what worked ...
May 30, 2016
The Burden of Positivity
As a writer, reader and reality TV watcher, Canada Reads masterfully combines some of my favourite practices and past-times in a nation-wide, televised battle of the books. And while I enjoyed the 2016 ...
May 12, 2016
At the Desk: Jenna Butler
Many writers wear a lot of hats, between dayjobs, other passions, and family demands. But Jenna Butler has a particularly interesting second identity, and she's brought her other life and her writing ...
April 22, 2016
“I Imagine the Mind Like a Cleared Field,” an Interview with Chad Campbell
Chad Campbell’s Laws & Locks is an ambitious debut collection of poetry that is part family history and part memoir. Charting the Campbell family's emigration to Canada in 1827 and shifting to the ...
April 13, 2016
In the House of Saucer: an Interview with Jesse Locke on His Upcoming Simply Saucer Biography, Heavy Metalloid Music
Jesse Locke is one of the great unsung heroes of Canadian music journalism. Through his years of work as a writer and editor for Weird Canada and AUX he has helped to expose countless bands and artists ...
April 08, 2016
Food for Thought: Hungry for #Diversecanlit
There was a homeless man standing on the side of the road the other day with a sign that read “Lost my job. Spare a bit of change.” I didn’t have change – I rarely do – but I had a banana, so ...
April 07, 2016
On Fallout: an Interview with Michael Lista About "the Shock Absorber"
Please note the views and opinions expressed by writers in the Open Book writer-in-residence program are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect those of Open Book, its staff or contributors__________________________________________________________________________When ...
October 30, 2015
How to Start an Author Blog
A lot’s been made about “author platforms” over the past few years. Marketers love jargon and “platform” is just another word for presence.“The line between writer and creative entrepreneur ...