February 22, 2023
Anuja Varghese on Transformation, Literary Anxieties, and Writing for "Women Who Don’t See Themselves in Most Stories"
When it comes to genre, Anuja Varghese refuses to be penned in. Her debut story collection, Chrysalis (House of Anansi Press) is a highwire feat, balancing the surreal with the realist, the fantastical ...
February 21, 2023
Sharon Frayne on Exploring the Power of Disconnecting in Her Marathon-Competition Winning YA Debut
The story of how Sharon Frayne's debut young adult novel The Sound of a Rainbow (Latitude 46 Publishing) came to be is almost as remarkable as the story within the pages. Frayne captured first place in ...
February 17, 2023
Tracey Lindeman's Bleed is a Brilliant, Personal, and Scathing Takedown of the (Lack of) Care for Endometriosis Sufferers
A patient enters a doctor's office and details a gruesome list of symptoms: pelvic pain, bleeding, crushing fatigue, pain with intercourse or bowel movements. The through line is pain – years of it. ...
February 08, 2023
Jonathan Garfinkel on Exploring the Legacy and Traumas of the Soviet Union in His Incendiary First Novel
Jonathan Garfinkel is known for his riveting nonfiction, including his celebrated memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, and his work in poetry and playwriting, which have earned ...
February 02, 2023
Lucie Pagé on How She Found a Writing Community That Works for Her (and the One That Didn't Work)
The lost in Lucie Pagé's smart, aching, insightful new novel Lost Dogs (Cormorant Books) applies to much more than the missing pit bull whose disappearance kicks off a series of high impact events.From ...
January 19, 2023
Antanas Sileika on the Murderous Children's Poet Who Inspired His Captivating New Historical Novel
Antanas Sileika is one of the quiet stars of CanLit, creating memorable, complex, and entralling stories in his five novels and his memoir. The erstwhile director of the Humber School for Writers (prior ...
January 16, 2023
Playwright Debbie Patterson on Why She Will Keep Exploring What It Means to "Die Well"
What does it mean to "die well"? If death is the end, is there anything left, at that point, to learn? These are the kinds of questions that fascinate acclaimed Winnipeg theatre creator Debbie Patterson, and ...
January 12, 2023
Emily Eaton and Bronwen Tucker on the Climate Crisis & Why the World As We Know It Is (and Must Be) Over
The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-Called Canada (Between the Lines Books) by Angele Alook, Emily Eaton, David Gray-Donald, Joël Laforest, Crystal Lameman, and Bronwen Tucker is a clarion ...
December 15, 2022
George Lee on His Guernica Prize Winning Coming of Age Tale, Set Against the Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath
In George Lee's Dancing in the River (Guernica Editions), Little Bright is only a child when China's Cultural Revolution upends his family and his life in a small, riverside town. As it wanes and ...
November 28, 2022
Scott Griffin on The Griffin Prize's Evolution into the World's Largest Poetry Prize
In September, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry announced a major change to the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prizes: the two annual prizes, one awarded to a book of Canadian poetry and the other ...