August 09, 2018
City of Toronto announces powerhouse shortlist including David Chariandy's decorated novel Brother
The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have announced the five 2018 Toronto Book Awards shortlisted titles. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit ...
September 14, 2017
Kevin Hardcastle, author of hotly anticipated novel In the Cage, on mornings, heroes, and Coke Zero
Kevin Hardcastle's Cormac McCarthy-esque brand of rural noir has been making waves in the Canadian literary scene since he first began publishing short stories in journals, earning a Journey Prize nomination ...
December 01, 2015
Eighty Feet Without a Net - Conversations with John Irving
About a year ago I got an email that I had to read about twelve times over before it really settled in. That email was from Janet Turnbull Irving, the wife and agent of one of the most famous literary ...
November 27, 2015
On "Fiction" - Writing from Real Life
Over the past while I’ve noticed a number of situations where an author is asked about the autobiographical or non-fiction elements in their books. It has always been something that people are interested ...
November 24, 2015
On Writing Violence - An Addendum
I’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback and some questions about one of my first posts for Open Book, “On Writing Violence.” One reader, Susan, asked me in the comments about how this all ...
November 20, 2015
Taking Your Medicine in the Editing Room
In previous posts I’ve talked about the hard road to getting a book published, and even a bit about the effort that goes into just getting those first few stories done. I’ve talked about submitting ...
November 14, 2015
On Navigating the Literary Landscape - Part 2
Hey. Thanks for coming back for Part 2 of this discussion about various aspects of navigating our literary scene. Good to see you again...Engaging with the literary community – Social mediaI’ve said ...
November 13, 2015
On Navigating the Literary Landscape - Part 1
Over the past few years, in order to buy peanut butter and bread and pay rent, I’ve taken on a number of manuscript assessments for various readers. I was first put on to them by my friend Michelle ...