August 02, 2023
Read an Excerpt from Lump, the New Novel from One of CanLit's Best Wordsmiths, Nathan Whitlock
A lump can have anything inside it, or nothing at all. This idea of what is contained, concealed, and hidden is central to Nathan Whitlock's searing, smart, satirical new novel, Lump (Rare Machines/Dundurn ...
December 13, 2022
Jennifer Maruno on Dreams, Bedtime, and What She Learned from Reading 40,000 Picture Books
If you put kids to bed at night, you know that bedtime can be chaotic, but that there can also be an element of magic in those few quiet moments with little ones as the lights go down and the coziness ...
June 27, 2022
"This is the Challenge of this Century" Maureen McTeer's New Book Explores Ethical & Legal Questions around IVF
As medical innovations, in particular in vitro fertilization, help provide options to prospective parents struggling with fertility issues, a host of legal and ethical questions come into play. Embryo ...
June 10, 2022
Writing with kids: Impossible or sometimes maybe possible?
Summer is nigh, which means picnics and sunlight until 10 p.m. and swimming pools and watermelon. And it also means my kids are going to be around a lot more, and finding windows to write is going to ...
April 19, 2022
"Only a Grandma Could" Shenaaz Nanji on Joyfully Celebrating Identity & Culture Against Bullying & Prejudice
Everyone can remember the dread of walking in to a new situation as a kid – especially if you're the only one who's new. For Alina, in Shenaaz Nanji's newest book Alina in a Pinch, moving to a new ...
October 13, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Hannah Moscovitch, Maev Beaty & Ann-Marie Kerr's Painful & Beautiful Exploration of Motherhood for Modern Artists
We're continuing our week-long spotlight on excerpts at Open Book, bringing you delicious free samples of some of the most exciting Canadian books out this year. Today we've got something special: our ...
September 07, 2021
"It’s a Rallying Cry for Another Kind of World" Author Julietta Singh on Her Hopeful Call for a Better Way of Living & Parenting
To have a child in unstable times is a complicated undertaking. Worry and hope collide in one of the most high stakes ways possible. It's an experience Julietta Singh captures with breathtaking resonance ...
November 19, 2020
Exhausted by the Parenting Wars? Read an Excerpt from Olivia Scobie's Brilliant Book, Impossible Parenting
At some point, amidst a rising tide of parenting blogs, personal essays, and, eventually, Instagram posts, good parenting shifted from something you do to something you are. If you aren't transcendentally ...
October 30, 2019
Daddy Writer to Be – Umbilical Cord
As writers, we are always inspired by the life experiences that we go through; the traumas, the fears, and the excitement of it all. As a follow up poetry book to War/Torn, I have started working on a ...
April 03, 2019
Read an Excerpt from Amanda Munday's Silence-Breaking Day Nine: A Postpatrum Depression Memoir
While awareness and understanding of postpatrum depression has been increasing in recent years, there is still a disturbing lack of support and solutions available to those who experience it. Amanda ...