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Victoria-based Malahat Review celebrates 50 years of literary excellence

Since 1967, the Malahat Review has served as a rite of passage for young Canadian writers.<p>Now, in its 50th year of publishing, the story of the …

Books

Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment

Langston Hughes<p>Maya Angelou<p>Denise Levertov<p>Gwendolyn Brooks<p>Blas Manuel De Luna<p>Gwendolyn Brooks<p>Allen Ginsberg<p>Claude McKay<p>Zbigniew Herbert<p>Danez …

Poetry

The Kindergarten Teacher Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Nurturing Education to a New, Unsettling Level [Sundance]

At one point in the beguiling remake of the 2014 Israeli of the same name, a character in <b>The Kindergarten Teacher</b> evokes the name of Mozart as being …

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Milton's Morality

In 2016, during the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Bard was feted by dozens of books, hundreds of magazine and newspaper …

C.S. Lewis

Sunday Reading: Critics on the Classics

“Lolita” has “prodded one of the few remaining raw nerves of the twentieth century”: that was how Donald Malcolm, one of <i>The New Yorker’s</i> book critics, reacted to Vladimir Nabokov’s novel when it was first published in America, in 1958. With the passage of time, even the most provocative art works …

Literature

Simone de Beauvoir's 'passionate' love letters sold

<b>PARIS:</b> Film-maker Claude Lanzmann has sold 112 passionate love letters sent to him by the legendary French feminist Simone de Beauvoir, Christie’s …

Literature

Leonard Cohen

09 11 2017 au 09 04 2018<p>Une brèche en toute chose/A Crack in Everything Buy tickets<p>Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada, <i>Leonard</i> Cohen : <i>Une brèche en</i> toute</i> …

Photographers

Margaret Atwood: ‘I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now’

The TV adaptation of her dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale captured the political moment. Ahead of a new series, Atwood talks bestsellers, bonnets and the backlash against her views on #MeToo<p>“It was not my fault!” says Margaret Atwood of 2017. But it was certainly her year. Now, just a few …

Literature

Hunter S Thompson: How we need the godfather of gonzo today, served up with his side order of guns, booze and drugs

Who killed Hunter S Thompson? Nobody killed Hunter S Thompson, nobody but himself. At 5.42pm on Sunday 20 February 2005, he shot himself with a gun …

Literature

Who Is the Real A.J. Finn?

Four years ago, when former book editor Daniel Mallory purchased his 550-square foot Chelsea apartment, its main draw was the book storage: floor-to-ceiling shelving, which covers a wall of his living room, plus numerous nooks above doorways and under the flat screen TV that shares space among the …

List-Worthy

Montreal Gazette sports reporter Red Fisher dies at 91

Montreal Gazette sports writer Red Fisher has died.<p>He was 91.<p>Fisher was famous for covering The Montreal Canadiens, and was the longest-serving beat …

Owe

Singing the Animal Soul: The Poetry of Galway Kinnell

<b>Galway</b> Kinnell, who died in 2014, was by any reasonable measure one of the most significant American poets of the second half of the twentieth …

Poetry

I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It Sucked

Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.<p>“For me writing is like breathing,” the poet Pablo Neruda told the <i>Paris Review</i> in 1971. “I could not live without breathing and I could not live …

Maya Angelou

T.S. Eliot on Writing: His Warm and Wry Letter of Advice to a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Aspiring to Become a Writer

“Don’t write at first for anyone but yourself.”<p><i>“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in,”</i> the great marine biologist and author Rachel Carson advised a blind girl aspiring to be a writer, <i>“you will interest other people.”</i> Six years earlier, around Valentine’s …

Literature

It’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Party and He Will Swag if He Wants To: 10 Pieces of Poe Swag

Or he’d just brood at his desk and write some other piece of dismal, brilliant fiction. It’s Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday today, and even if he …

Literature

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

VANCOUVER — Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer.<p>HarperCollins Canada said …

Canadian Literature

Original Stephen King manuscripts destroyed in flooding

The author has said he will see if he can help the bookstore affected "in any way"<p>Several original <b>Stephen King</b> manuscripts have been destroyed in by …

Bill Skarsgård

Winnipeg poets hit grand slam with unique work

Winnipeg poet Larysa Musick describes slam poetry as a “diving competition that meets a rap-off.”<p>Not events you compare to one another every day, but …

Poetry Slam

Introduction to Found Poetry

Reading and Writing Blackouts, Erasures, and Other Literary Remixes<p>Poetry is everywhere, and it hides in plain view. Everyday writing like catalogs …

Poetry

Coach House Books temporarily places poetry program on hiatus

Coach House Books has announced it has temporarily placed its poetry program on hiatus until further notice.<p>"It's a challenging time in the poetry world and publishing poetry is always difficult and we just want to take a step back and consider how we do that and just think through our mandate, our …

Poetry

Terrance Hayes Reads Matthew Dickman

Terrance Hayes joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s poem “Fire” and his own poem “New York Poem.”

Poetry

E.B. White's Essay 'Here Is New York' Is Almost 70 Years Old, But It's Still One Of The Greatest Love Letters To NYC

Much has been written on the city of New York. It's the eternal backdrop for rom-coms and financial thrillers, the source of Harlem Renaissance …

Loneliness

Interview with Editors of Nasty Women Poets

Sarah Fawn talks to Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, editors of <i>Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse</i> (2017, Lost Horse</b> …

Poetry

Jenny Joseph: 'I shall wear purple' poet dies

<b>Jenny Joseph, whose poem Warning was twice voted Britain's favourite poem, has died at the age of 85.</b><p>It is perhaps best known for its opening lines: "When I am an old lady I shall wear purple / With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me."<p>Despite it being about old age, Joseph was in her …

Poetry

Announcing the 2018 Frost Medalist, Ron Padgett

The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that <b>Ron Padgett</b> is the 2018 recipient of the organization's highest award, the Frost Medal, …

Poetry

Joan Murray’s Enduring Poetry of the Senses

She died at twenty-four, but the thrills of her insights have sparked a new generation of readers.<p>The poems of Joan Murray, who died in 1942, at the age of twenty-four, have been lost and recovered many times over. First, Murray’s manuscript was pried, from her mother, by W. H. Auden, who wanted to …

Poetry

Walking Cities Project Pairs Dionne Brand with Edinburgh-based poet Author Vahni Capildeo to Explore the City

One thing the CanLit community can agree on is that we all love <b>Dionne Brand</b> - one our most versatile, powerful, and eloquent writers. So it's a treat …

Canadian Literature

Love Letters to the Resistance

While some accepted the news of Trump’s victory almost immediately on Election Day, the result hit others in waves of grief. Over the days, weeks, …

Activism

Paige Lewis Reads “You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm” - The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Sweaters

17 Great Authors Who Wrote While Standing

“<i>At the first symptoms of indigestion, book-keepers, entry-clerks, authors, and editors should get a telescope-desk. Literary occupations need not</i> …

Authors