Photography

John W. MacDonald - Ottawa Photographer - Interview

John W. MacDonald – Ottawa Photographer – Interview

LP: John, you’re a visual chronicler of Ottawa, do you see Ottawa as a documentary project? JWM: I guess I see myself as photographer who happens to live in Ottawa. I don’t necessarily think of myself documenting Ottawa as a project. That would imply that I have a vision and a plan which I don’t. [...]

Eamonn McCabe – The Working Environments of Writers

Thanks to Grant Mckenzie for sending the link to this BBC multimedia production looking at the recent work of English photographer Eamonn McCabe examining the working enviroments of novelists, biographers and poets.

Emily Carr - Writer and Artist

Emily Carr – Writer and Artist

I recently dropped by to see Emily Carr, the well known West Coast artist and writer, and, yes, she’s been dead since 1945. That doesn’t stop people like myself from visting her gravesite in Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for a who’s who of British Columbia history but it’s [...]

Jim Christy - Nine O'Clock Gun - Reading

Jim Christy – Nine O’Clock Gun – Reading

Jim Christy launched his new novel Nine O’Clock Gun, published by Ekstasis Editions as part of their Ekstasis Noir lineup, at Victoria’s James Joyce Bistro. The book is the fourth and final novel to feature private eye Gene Castle. Christy, a poet, novelist and essayist, is also a musician and is off to Australia for [...]

A Shakespearean Halloween

A Shakespearean Halloween

Carved by Spencer Denton

A literary walk through Toronto's Annex

A literary walk through Toronto’s Annex

Greg Gatenby’s ‘Toronto, A Literary Guide’ published in 1999 is a thick book that provides a tour of residences and places in Toronto that have a literary connection.  This March, Stephen Cain, writing in Open Book Toronto,  told about a walking tour of the Annex area that he and another person designed using Gatenby’s book [...]

Terence Byrnes - Closer to Home - Interview

Terence Byrnes – Closer to Home – Interview

Terence Byrnes LP: You have been taking photographs for many years, what drew you to writers? TB: Well, I’ve also been writing. My first collection of short stories was called Wintering Over, I published an anthology called Matinees Daily, wrote for many magazines, and, during a dark and busy period of my life, ghost-wrote other [...]

Anonymous Bookshelf #4

Anonymous Bookshelf #4

DOA 30th Anniversary Show

DOA 30th Anniversary Show

The literary connection may be tenuous but Joe Keithley, front man for the legendary Vancouver punk band DOA did write a memoir, titled I,Shithead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press, so he is a published author. DOA celebrated 30 years of music with an anniversary show at the Commodore Ballroom Friday night. Check out Joe’s record [...]

Miriam Toews - The Flying Troutmans and Dede Crane - The Cult of Quick Repair

Miriam Toews – The Flying Troutmans and Dede Crane – The Cult of Quick Repair

A double bill at Victoria’s Alix Goolden Hall had Victoria writer Dede Crane leading off with a reading from her new short story collection The Cult Of Quick Repair followed by award winning Winnipeg novelist Miriam Toews reading from her new novel The Flying Troutmans. Toews last novel A Complicated Kindness won the Governor-General’s Award. [...]