June 17, 2021
"I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been More Vulnerable in My Life" Brent LaPorte on His Raw, Moving Memoir & His Father's Difficult Legacy
CW: abuse, suicide, substance abuseSometimes, even questions without answers need to be voiced — to be heard and acknowledged, if only as a cry of the heart. Such is Brent LaPorte's wise, difficult, ...
June 03, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Every City is Every Other City by CanLit Mystery Master John McFetridge
John McFetridge's gritty Canadian mysteries and thrillers have earned him comparisons to Elmore Leonard for their smart, tight action, witty dialogue, and battered, reluctant heroes. His newest book, Every ...
May 03, 2021
Contest: Enter to Win A Pulse-Spiking Pack of Literary Mysteries from ECW's Thriller Master John Jantunen
John Jantunen's unique literary voice brings northern Ontario to the forefront – not only for its beauty, but as a perfect backdrop to some of the most compulsively readable thrillers and mysteries ...
April 28, 2021
Excerpt: Five Poems from Evie Christie's Striking & Vivid New Collection, Mere Extinction
Evie Christie's new poetry collection, Mere Extinction (ECW Press), shows a poet at the top of her game, never flinching from toughness and honesty in both content and form.In poems populated by mothers ...
April 12, 2021
Contest! Enter to Win Legal Thrillers by William Deverell That Will Keep You Reading (and Laughing) All Night
William Deverell knows the highs and lows of legal drama well — a former criminal lawyer himself, he'd pretty much seen it all when he turned his hand to writing novels. With his Arthur Beauchamp ...
April 01, 2021
Novelist John Jantunen on Opening Scenes, Naming Murderers After Friends, & the Strange Time He Met His Protagonist in Northern Ontario
In the not too distant future, a prison filled with hardened inmates is suddenly plunged into darkness. The power has mysteriously gone out, and it's not coming back. The guards flee the prison, leaving ...
February 11, 2021
"I Like Inhabiting One Character": Philipp Schott on Telling Family Stories, Building Character, & "Invisible Scaffolding"
Philipp Schott's The Willow Wren (ECW Press) follows the complex and harrowing story of Ludwig, a child growing up in Hilter's Germany. Sent against his will to a Hitler Youth Camp, shy and gentle Ludwig ...
November 18, 2020
"As If You Were a Bird, Too" Read an Excerpt from Nina Berkhout's Stunning Novel Why Birds Sing
In poet and novelist Nina Berkhout's Why Birds Sing (ECW Press), opera singer Dawn Woodward has had a pretty tough week. First she melted down completely on stage, her voice failing her and her career ...
October 07, 2020
Eamon McGrath on Exploring the Pressure Cooker of Life in a Touring Band
While there's nothing quite like seeing your favourite band play live, the reality of life on the road for musicians can be complicated, stressful, and sometimes surreal. No one knows that better than ...
October 01, 2020
Read an Excerpt of Jamie Sharpe's Wonderfully Weird Everything You Hold Dear
Jamie Sharpe's previous poetry collections, Animal Husbandry Today, Cut-up Apologetic, and Dazzle Ships, showed the work of not only a witty and perceptive mind but a wildly creative one. His newest ...