December 04, 2023
"Prisons, Peacocks, Jarred Garlic" A Conversation with the Editors of Biblioasis' 2024 Best Canadian Series
Every year Biblioasis, the award-winning Windsor-based independent publishing house, releases their Best Canadian series, collecting the year's most powerful and innovative Canadian writing in short ...
June 22, 2022
Ann Shin and Bardia Sinaee Win Big at the 35th Annual Trillium Book Awards
Yesterday, the evening saw writers and publishers gathered at Toronto's historic Arcadian Court to honour the finalists and winners of the 2022 Trillium Book Awards. Ontario Creates, the body which runs ...
April 19, 2021
Poetry Month Contest! Win Anansi's Powerhouse Spring List: Mary Germaine, Bardia Sinaee, & Steven Heighton
April is National Poetry Month and thanks to the good folks at House of Anansi Press, we get to offer one lucky reader a prize pack of some of the most exciting new poetry in Canada! Though the pandemic ...
March 17, 2021
Read Two Poems from Bardia Sinaee's Anticipated & Powerful Debut Collection, Intruder
It's hard to believe that Bardia Sinaee doesn't already have a full length collection of poetry out. His chapbooks, widespread publication in prestigious journals, inclusion in multiple editions of Best ...
April 28, 2017
Publishing Tips for the Existentially Endangered
A couple of years ago I had a serious health scare. Without going into too much detail, I was admitted into the hospital in late spring and for a brief time no one was able to tell me for sure whether ...
April 09, 2017
My final two columns: Part Two
As rob has mentioned, this is the second part of his final column for Open Book. The staff at Open Book would like to share our appreciation for a decade of columns, and for rob's contributions to the ...
March 27, 2017
I’m an Immigrant and I’m Going to Take Your Job
A few months ago somebody I know—a Polish immigrant—tried to convince me—an Iranian immigrant—that immigrants are taking all the jobs. Putting aside that this assertion has been proven wrong, ...
February 27, 2017
Book Criticism Is Not Book Promotion
Most people won’t read most books. It seems like a truism, but it’s an important fact to keep in mind if you’re thinking of reviewing a book. Whether it’s a brief write-up in an industry magazine ...
January 19, 2017
Anyone Can Write, But Not Everyone Can Be a Writer
Anyone can write, but not everyone can be a writer, in the same way that anyone with a bit of money can take music lessons or try horseback riding, but landing a record deal or competing in the World ...