Category Archives: Lit News

Congratulations are in order

I am ashamed to say that I missed the announcement of The Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize finalists (try saying THAT 3 times fast) last week. All five shortlisted writers will receive a $2500 prize (not too shabby), but of course we’re rooting for Clark Blaise [TNQ # XIII.3], nominated for The Meagre Tarmac (published [...]

The price of poetry: Bahraini woman tortured for her craft

If there’s one thing that the world has taught me, it’s that poets are dangerous people who need to be locked up for the safety of others. At least that’s how they feel in Bahrain, where a 20-year old student was arrested and repeatedly beaten about the head with a baton. Her crime: reciting poetry [...]

If you ask me, Every Year is the Year of the Short Story

I have always loved the short story, which has both the compression and concentrated feeling we associate with poetry and the narrative pull of the novel, but with a wonderful way of soaring off into metaphor, turning on a dime, or opening the ground beneath our feet at the end. Many people think that the [...]

If you feel like skewing results…

The National Book Count is on for three more days. The National Reading Campaign and partners have undertaken the task of counting how many books are purchased or checked out of libraries across Canada between January 10-16. This means that if you were putting off some wild and crazy book purchases, doing so this week [...]

Writers Coming to KW!

In addition to perhaps the most awesome logo in the world, seen at left, The Reading Series at St. Jerome’s University now has a blog, and a terrific slate of writers coming up this year: Richard Cumyn Thursday, October 14th, 4:30 pm, STJ 2017 Richard is widely published in Canada, his work often appearing in [...]

Yes, Exactly

“Media is stuck between waiting until a new approach is proven, while at the same time having to try new things since it can’t afford to be left behind. It’s almost enough to make one drink.” This quote is from an article on the Torontoist summarizing Wednesday night’s panel discussion on The Future of Media. [...]


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