August 29, 2023
Read an Excerpt from South by Babak Lakghomi, a Disorienting, Dazzling Tale of Totalitarianism & Truth
Babak Lakghomi's new novel South (Rare Machines/Dundurn Press) is set against a bleak totalitarian landscape, following B, a journalist on a search for truth. A dazzling, disorienting addition to Dundurn's ...
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 ...
October 05, 2022
Daniel McNeil Examines the Figure of the Black Public Intellectual Through the Lives of Armond White and Paul Gilroy
American film and music critic Armond White and British cultural studies scholar Paul Gilroy are two larger than life figures—widely celebrated but also controversial—in the fields in which they've ...
September 26, 2022
“I Choose My Country Over My Personal Needs" Feature Interview with Acclaimed Ukrainian Novelist Ivan Baidak
In just his early thirties, Ivan Baidak has already established himself as a literary superstar in Ukraine, with his novels and short stories winning critical acclaim while at the same time topping bestseller ...
June 07, 2022
"The Terror That is Everywhere" Read an Excerpt from A Knife in the Sky, Marie-Célie Agnant's Story of Haiti’s Brutal Despot
Prize winning Haitian-Québécoise writer Marie-Célie Agnant is celebrated for her rich, complex, moving portraits of women living through colonial power structures. Elegant in its examinations of ...
April 06, 2022
The Writers' Trust Releases 2022 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Shortlist
Today the Writers' Trust of Canada announced the 2022 shortlist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the Liberal MP who passed away at 50 years old in 1998 after ...
January 25, 2022
"Love Rang Through Me Like a Bell" Read an Excerpt from Victoria Hetherington's Dystopian Triumph, Autonomy
In Victoria Hetherington's Autonomy (Dundurn, a Rare Machines Book), we meet Julian, who was born in a lab. His closest friend is Slaton, a therapist who's been accused of a crime in the post-privacy, ...
January 11, 2022
MP Charlie Angus Explores the Complex History of the Mining Town of Cobalt, Ontario as Global Demand for Cobalt Soars
If you have a smartphone, you use cobalt everyday. We may not give much thought to the chemical element represented by "Co" on the periodic table, but it has become one of the most important substances ...
November 24, 2021
The Munk School's Dan Breznitz Captures First Ever, $60,000 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy
We've got more literary prize news for you as this morning The Writers’ Trust of Canada today announced the winner for the inaugural Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.The brand new $60,000 literary ...
September 22, 2021
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Goes to Ronald J. Deibert's Reset, Which Calls for a Better, Safer Version of the Internet
Political science professor Ronald J. Deibert has won the Writers' Trust's $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He is the author of the 2020 Massey Lecture, a series published by House ...