Alice Munro

New music, yes—but also new ideas, collaborations and fusions at ISCM World New Music Days 2017

Vicky Chow is one of four pianists interpreting contemporary work in the closing concert of ISCM World New Music Days 2017.ISCM World New Music Days …

The Wild Rise of CanLit

My earliest memory of Canadian literature is of being in a grade seven class in the cultural hinterlands of Brampton, Ontario, where my classmates …

Canadian News

11 Of The Dreamiest Bookstores To Get Lost In Across Canada

Fall is the season of books, so what better time to poke around the shelves of your local shop in search of your next favourite title? To get you …

Canadian Literature

REDUX: Kazuo Ishiguro, and Other Nobel Laureates

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.<p>This week, we bring you our …

Literature

Alice Munro Country: Madeleine Thien's short story about a young Cambodian refugee’s move to Goderich, Ont.

Sometimes, in the stories, it was called Walley, sometimes Tuppertown or Wawanash. But no matter its fictional name, the towns – Goderich, Wingham, Clinton – could be guessed. The salt mine or lake port or boot factory, some singular detail of the area, and the identity would slip through. Mina …

Love

What Does It Mean When an Artist Retires?

WE’RE BETTER AT BEGINNINGS: the debut author, the ingénue, the voice of a new generation. Endings are harder. So when Daniel Day-Lewis, perhaps the greatest actor of our age, announced in June that Paul Thomas Anderson’s forthcoming “Phantom Thread,” about the couturier Charles James, would be his …

Daniel Day-Lewis

Here Are Some of The Strangest Habits of Some of the World’s Greatest Writers

It would be admitting the obvious to say that writers are, well, odd. Even if you were to take out the obvious manifestations of strangeness — other …

Authors

Paris Review - Spaceships Have Landed

Alice Munro<p>Issue 131, Summer 1994<p>Eunie Morgan’s house was the third one past Monk's. It was the last house on the road. Around midnight, Eunie's mother said, she had heard the screen door close. She heard the screen door and thought nothing of it. She thought of course that Eunie had gone out to …

Canadian Literature

Banned Books Week: 11 Canadian books that have been challenged

Banned Books Week, a U.S.-based censorship awareness campaign, takes place Sept. 24-30, 2017. To celebrate, why not read a book that has been …

Literature

September 11 – 15, 2017

• The National Book Awards longlists for young people’s literature, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction were announced. | The New Yorker<br>• “That was John’s …

Books

What Would Alice Munro Do?

What would Alice Munro do? This is a question that, in all seriousness, I sometimes ask myself.<p>And I ask it not about writing but about life. I think …

Fashion

Teaching Revision: All of the Revision Prompts So Far

–Flickr/Enokson<p><i>It’s the start of the semester, and I thought it would be helpful to have all of the revision prompts so far in one place. I had to</i> …

Writing

Review: Nick Mount’s Arrival charts the ascent of Canadian writing

"The lasting impact of Expo 67 will be in the dramatic object lesson we see before our eyes today: that the genius of Man knows no national boundaries but is universal," prime minister Lester B. Pearson proclaimed at its opening on April 27, 1967. And Expo 67 boasted a special importance for …

Books

How CanLit was born

Brave publishers, great books and Canada’s newfound affluence combined to set the scene for the CanLit explosion of the late ’60s<p>It’s not as though …

Margaret Atwood

17 Living Writers Currently Immortalized on Stamps

Earlier this week, Literary Hub Editor-in-Chief Jonny Diamond (who is Canadian) came across an image of an Alice Munro stamp (also Canadian) and …

Literature

Let’s hear it for the four-hour working day

Are you working your brain too hard? Take it easy – like Charles Darwin, Alice Munro or Thomas Jefferson<p>How much proper brainwork – not zoning out in meetings, or reorganising the stationery cupboard, but work that involves really <i>thinking</i> – should you aim to get done in one day? It sounds like a …

Arianna Huffington

Are books by women just a bunch of PC nonsense?

John Podhoretz is unhappy:<p>The sheer PCness of this list is suffocating. https://t.co/qkDH5Kf6D0<p>— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 11, 2017<p>Even …

Literature

Check out these 4 books inspired by B.C. island life

Novels, memoirs, short story collections have all taken their inspiration from B.C.'s islands<p>If you've ever taken a ferry ride to one of B.C.'s many …

British Columbia

This Side of Sad

James is a retired teacher who suffers panic attacks. He is despondent and withdrawn. One day during deer hunting season, James “decide[s] on danger” …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Filmmaker Anita Lee on the 8 books that shaped her life

Anita Lee is an executive producer at the National Film Board of Canada and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Lee served …

Literature

The Unbearable Whiteness of CanLit

Two months ago, a group of scholars, activists, and artists converged in Toronto to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rinaldo Walcott’s seminal …

Canadian News

How reading great writing teaches us – whether we realize it or not

The British writer Francis Spufford remarked in a recent essay that “A book is a great liberator from the tyranny of given circumstances.” Liberation …

Long-form Journalism

Tessa Hadley on Alice Munro Reading “Differently”

The following is from the 92 Street Y’s <i>75 at 75: Writers on Recordings</i> series. The recording below, of Alice Munro reading her short story, …

Literature

CBC Books

Host Shelagh Rogers speaks with iconic Canadian authors and rising literary stars about the stories and ideas that intrigue and inspire them.

Literature

160 celebrities for Canada 150: From Nickelback to Drake, our biggest and best cultural exports

Today we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a list of the movers and shakers who helped define Canadian Culture.<p>Here are our picks for Canada’s …

Gord Downie

We recreated this edible meat cottage from 1971 — and it's spectacular!

<b>The issue:</b> December 1971.<p><b>The times:</b> Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has just introduced Canada’s Multiculturalism Policy in the House of Commons; Alice …

SRSLY #99: GLOW / FANtasies / Search Party

On the pop culture podcast this week: the Netflix wrestling comedy GLOW, a new fanfiction-based web series called FANtasies and the millennial crime …

Literature

Survival of the smallest: the contested history of the English short story

Reports of the form’s death – and rebirth – have always been greatly exaggerated.<p>“The short story is enjoying a powerful renaissance”, ran a headline …

Literature

Edinburgh in the time of Harry Potter - growing up in a city that became famous for a book

At first, JK Rowling was considered a local author done good, rather than fiction’s future megastar.<p>In an Edinburgh playground, circa 1998, I found …

Literature

Avie Bennett, developer turned publishing giant, dies at 89

In 1985, when the developer Avie Bennett took over the venerable Canadian publishing house of McClelland & Stewart, founded eight decades earlier, he did not know much about Canadian literature – his new company's main product. He was not about to pretend that he did.<p>One day, David Staines, a …