April 22, 2020
It's a Long Story: Brian Van Norman on His New Novel and Class Struggle's Past and Present
While the characters of author Brian Van Norman's new historical fiction novel Against the Machine: Luddites (Guernica Editions) exist within the hardscrabble manufacturing towns of 19th century Britain, ...
April 15, 2020
It's A Long Story: Sharon Johnston on Family Connections, Confronting the Past, and Writing Her New Novel
Patchwork Society (Dundurn), the newest novel by author Sharon Johnston and the second in her Bread and Roses trilogy, takes place against the backdrop of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario during the Depression ...
April 14, 2020
Simina Banu Explores Love's Messy Aftermath in Her New Collection
When the acrid smoke of a painful breakup finally clears, what can be salvaged in its wake? It's in this new wasteland of junk food, lies, and other detritus that author Simina Banu's debut full-length ...
April 08, 2020
Stratford for All Seasons Authors Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay Talk Promotion, Marketing, and Hitting the Road
While it may have received a moment of international media interest for being the birthplace of pop star Justin Bieber, the small southern Ontario town of Stratford has been a legendary hub of top-tier ...
April 07, 2020
Poets in Profile: Irfan Ali on Vulnerability, Strong Endings, and His New Collection
12th century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi created an iconic, seemingly indestructible work when he birthed the tale of Layla and Manjun. Over the years, the re-telling of the classic story has become ...
April 02, 2020
"A Title Is Like a Doorbell, Not a Doorway" April Writer-In-Residence Dani Spinosa On Her Subversive New Collection
It's National Poetry Month! A time for poets, publishers, and fans to read, share, and talk about their favourite poems and authors. The Canadian poetry community produces a wide variety of fearless, ...
April 01, 2020
Keep It Short: Frances Boyle on Rewrites, Taking Chances, and the Authors That Inspired Her
A haunted mother is terrorized by spectral visions of twins. A young academic reminisces on the past, and a long-lost film, as she watches her apartment building burn. A carefree woman tears through Toronto ...
March 31, 2020
Poets in Profile: Beatriz Hausner Talks Rimbaud, Growing Up with Poetry, and Canada's Need for International Literature
Toronto-based poet Beatriz Hausner's forthcoming new collection, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (available April 16 through Book*hug) is an examination of humanity's long-standing love affair with, ...
March 25, 2020
Writes as Readers: Sherry J. Lee On Her Favourite Books
Sophie, the young protagonist of author Sherry J. Lee's debut picture book, Going Up! (Kids Can Press), lives in a tall apartment building in the city. On the day of her friend Olive's birthday party, ...
March 24, 2020
Dirty Dozen: Jane Munro Talks Teenage Jobs, Her First Poem, and the Joys of the Upside-Down
Griffin Prize-winning poet Jane Munro's newest collection, Glass Float (Brick Books), is a study of boundaries and connections. The limit of the horizon, of a land-bound glass float, is used to illustrate ...