August 17, 2023
Maggie Knaus Shares 2 Strange & Happy Moments from the Long Journey to Creating Her Stunning Debut Picture Book
Eleanor was born under a spectacular harvest moon. As it hung low in the sky, her grandfather made a promise: that wherever they both were, and however far apart that may be, they would look up at the ...
July 25, 2023
Read an Excerpt from Denise Da Costa's And the Walls Came Down, an Absorbing Portrait of East Toronto in the 90s
A diary can be a powerful portal. In Denise Da Costa's And The Walls Came Down (Dundurn Press), Delia Ellis returns to her childhood home in east Toronto, years after making her ways through the trials ...
July 18, 2023
Lucian Childs on Writing a Funny (and Moving) Book about Grief, Trauma, & Queer Coming of Age
Juggling six different points of view and forty years of cultural history would be an impressive feat for a seasoned novelist, but Lucian Childs managed to pull it off—with style, humour, and pathos—in ...
July 11, 2023
Keep Pride Month Going with an Excerpt from Jake Byrne's Witty & Fiery Collection, Celebrate Pride with Lockheed Martin
Bodies, sex, drugs, queer love, capitalism, war – there's pretty much nothing that Jake Byrne won't tackle in their poetry. With back-to-back collections coming out this year and next, CanLit lovers ...
June 23, 2023
Marta Balcewicz on Jim Jarmusch, Rural Peace and Terror, & Her Electrifying Debut Novel
Debut novelist Marta Balcewicz's electrifying Big Shadow (Book*hug Press) is a tale with an indie movie feel, following an isolated teenager desperate to find her way out of a claustrophobic existence. Set ...
June 21, 2023
Read an Excerpt from Above Discovery, Jennifer Falkner's "Utterly Fresh and Enchanting" Debut Short Story Collection
Above Discovery (Invisible Publishing) is Jennifer Falkner's debut collection, but being a first-timer didn't hold Falkner back in the least: epic, far-ranging, and filled with lavishly imagined tales, the ...
June 06, 2023
Iconic Activist Marjorie Beaucage on How Circus School, Sante Fe, & De-Cluttering Lead to Her Debut Memoir
Marjorie Beaucage has spent her life telling stories and helping others tell theirs: as a teacher, community organizer, activist, and later, an acclaimed filmmaker, she has wield storytelling as a tool ...
May 24, 2023
SJ Okemow on Her Heartwarming Debut Picture Book's Unconventional Path to Publication
The humble dandelion rarely gets much love, often cited as a nuisance weed that spreads easily and takes over. But the hardy little plant has many lessons to teach us, and in SJ Okemow's Âmî Osâwâpikones (Annick ...
May 04, 2023
Emily Osborne on Weaving Together Translations of Old Norse Skaldic Poetry with Personal Lyrics in Her Bold Debut
Sometimes in discussing poetry, there is an idea that a collection must swing towards either the personal and emotive, creating powerful connections with readers in that vein, or towards a more form-focused ...
April 28, 2023
May 2023 Writer in Residence Geoffrey Morrison on the 7 Words That Sparked His Captivating Debut Novel
In a strangely deserted public park, Hugh Dalgarno is falling apart. Through an entire day and night, his fevered mind will take him, and anyone along for the ride, on a rollicking interior journey, touching ...