February 15, 2021
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: The writing process Part 5 of 9
In the isolation of lockdowns and social distancing where does romance go? For those who are romantically involve it could intensify the bond but for many the opposite has been true since there has been ...
February 12, 2021
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: The writing process Part 4 of 9
The creation of tension and suspense and mood shifts to me are just as important as creating characters and the plot themselves. Tension and suspense is what makes the story come alive. For the short ...
February 08, 2021
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: The writing process Part 3 of 9
As I stated before, the writing process for me is an intuitive one. Some people are afraid or intimidated by the blank page, but I see all kinds of possibilities in it. I am a visual writer, so I have ...
February 05, 2021
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: The writing process Part 2 of 9
As an artist of colour, I am acutely aware of how underrepresented our work is in all areas of media. Many times, our work is not funded, ignored, or not reviewed but we forge ahead all the same. I once ...
February 01, 2021
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: The writing process Part 1 of 9
When I was first approached by Open Book about doing the author residency for the month of February, my first thought was that I would do a serialized short story and write a piece of fiction in the same ...
January 28, 2021
Meet Our February 2021 Writer-in-Residence, Acclaimed Writer & Filmmaker Christene A. Browne
Christene A. Browne's powerful novel Philomena (Unloved) (Second Story Press), tells the story of the titular Philomena, from her life as a young girl on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat to her time ...
January 04, 2021
Start Your Year with Melanie Raabe's Smart & Irresistibly Creepy Thriller, The Shadow
In The Shadow (House of Anansi Press) by Melanie Raabe (translated by Imogen Taylor), a woman is walking to work when she is approached by a stranger and told that she will murder a man named Arthur ...
February 27, 2020
BIPOC of Publishing in Canada Has Created a Mentorship Program
For people of colour, breaking into the world of publishing can be challenging. BIPOC of Publishing in Canada, a group dedicated to promoting inclusivity in the industry, has set out to alleviate some ...
November 25, 2019
Festival season is over, and I’m still reeling from all the conversations and questions that have arisen offstage. What it is about the magic of writers without microphones, with cups of coffee and ...
June 05, 2019
Cheryl Thompson on the Complicated History of the Black Beauty Industry in Canada
The politics of Black hair can be deeply complex, and the industry surrounding Black beauty intersects with the cultural and personal experiencing of Black people, especially women. From the struggles ...