Canadian Literature

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Awards: Wesley King nominated for 2017 Edgar Award

Ontario children’s book author Wesley King is the sole Canadian contending for this year’s Edgar Allan Poe Awards, administered by the Mystery …

Meet the Canada Reads 2017 contenders

<i>From left: Tamara Taylor, Jody Mitic, Candy Palmater, Humble The Poet and Chantal Kreviazuk.</i><p>Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a …

Canada

Spring Preview 2017: Non-fiction

On a personal note Style journalist Karen von Hahn is best known for her reporting on the material world. But…

Canadian History

Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into "Julieta"

The director's latest movie tells the story of a woman who can't get over being abandoned by her only child.<p>Pedro Almodóvar's visual imagination ran wild while he was reading Alice Munro's short story "Chance" during a vacation in the Dominican Republic seven years ago. The story, which is featured …

The Best Canadian Poet You’ve Never Heard Of

A lukewarm review of Karen Solie’s third poetry collection, <i>Pigeon</i>, once ran in <i>The Fiddlehead</i>, followed by an exceedingly long footnote. In the …

5 books make the RBC Taylor Prize shortlist

<i>The five finalists of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize are (from left): Matti Friedman (photo: Sebastian Scheiner),</i> <i>Marc Raboy</i><i>, Diane Schoemperlen (photo:</i> …

Canadian lit scene saw a change in 2016

Announcing the Longlist for the Inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize

We’re so pleased to announce that the following twelve poems by ten poets have been longlisted for the first-ever Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. We …

Ice hockey helps professor boost literature study in Canada

With his bifocals teetering at the end of his nose, his face fringed by white hair and a white beard, Michael Kennedy seems the quintessential …

Patrick deWitt's Undermajordomo Minor to be adapted for film

Patrick deWitt's <i>Undermajordomo Minor</i> is coming to the big screen. American director Kelly Reichardt has revealed to the LA Times that she's adapting …

Personal Essay: Alice Munro’s fiction charts a course to addressing trauma with grace, writes Kerry Lee Powell

I read Alice Munro for the first time when I was living in a semi-abandoned cottage near an open-cast coal mine in Wales.

Literature

Around Town: Lawrence Hill on how Crossroads International shaped his life, his writing

If not for <b>Lawrence Hill</b>’s volunteer work with Crossroads International, The Book of Negroes might never have materialized. The same goes for his most …

Canadian author hides message of hope in bleak landscape

A native of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards, 66, has drawn extensively on his often-hardscrabble life experience in the rustic Miramichi region of …

2016: The Year in Review

Our 2015 Year in Review suggested there was reason to feel cautiously optimistic heading into 2016. That prediction was not…

Canada

Vancouver Jewish Book Festival for those ‘who loves the written word’

What is JewAsian? What is Yiddish for Pirates? What is an existential psychiatrist?<p>The answers to these questions and many more can be found at the …

Festivals

Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Hill among 17 Canadian authors longlisted for 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

<i>From left: Margaret Atwood, André Alexis and Lawrence Hill are among the authors longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. (Photo</i> …

Margaret Atwood

Jim Munro, co-founder of Munro’s Books, dies at age 87

Award-winning Canadian novelist returns to poetic roots

Giller Prize shortlisted author Michael Crummey releases first collection of poetry in 20 years<p>Newfoundland writer Michael Crummey says it is just in …

Poetry

Mariko Tamaki tries to diversify the graphic novel scene

Mariko Tamaki, Toronto-born graphic author and comic book writer, knows what it’s like to be the odd one out. <i>Skim</i>, her best-known and award winning …

Graphic Novels

Canadian's war-time letters reveal good times and heartache

<b>A Canadian author has drawn on more than 300 letters written by her grandfather to help her tell the story of his experiences in Scotland during World War Two.</b><p>Melynda Jarratt says the letters provide accounts of good times in Scottish Highlands, but also hint at the stresses the war put on loved …

Canadian writer explores his OCD through performance

Brendan McLeod takes one-man show across country<p>"If I don't do 30 in a row that are perfect, my mom will get hurt, my dad will get hurt, or my dog …

Mental Health

For Leonard Cohen and the bridging of divides

As a songwriter, as a novelist, as a singer — above all, and always, Leonard Cohen was a poet. Not a word, not a syllable, not a breath wasted. No …

Leonard Cohen

Rejection, Risk-Taking and the Art of Being Ribald: An Interview with Heather O’Neill

Interview by Anjalika Samarasekera Heather O’Neill is the bestselling, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl …

Literature

50 Books Written By 50 Canadian Women of Colour

More often than not, when Roomies gather, we talk about books. Books we can't put down, books we couldn't put up with, and books that make us talk. …

Turtle Island Reads helps spread word about Indigenous literature

Inaugural event at Kahnawake Survival School highlights stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians<p>Sofia Danna stayed up until the early hours …

Canadian Politics

JOHN DeMONT: Our literary greats never forget this place

On Friday night, at a reception to kick off the Word on the Street, our annual fest for all things literary, Windsor's own George Elliott Clarke — …

ON MENTORSHIP | PEARL PIRIE

<i>by League member Pearl Pirie | Find more in the Poets’ Corner here</i><p>The single most pivotal moment in my 20 years of taking poetry workshops came in …

The time George R.R. Martin called Sebastien de Castell a loser

It’s not every day you get to meet a literary titan like Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, even if you’re bestselling Vancouver writer …

Kathy Page on literary cocktails and worrying her characters are too weird

<b>In The Two of Us, Kathy Page's latest short story collection, no relationships are spared from the teeth-clenching tension that's become a trademark</b> …

Literature