Archive for Writing

You are browsing the archives of Writing.

Photos from the 6th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival

Photos from the 6th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival

With the title of Malcolm Lowry’s posthumously published novel October Ferry To Gabriola in my head (even though it’s November) I boarded the ferry in Nanaimo to head over an check out the 6th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival at the Surf Lodge. I had a great time, saw a few familiar faces and met a [...]

Richard Harrison - Interview - Hockey, Poetry and Comic Books

Richard Harrison – Interview – Hockey, Poetry and Comic Books

LP: You have a new book of essays coming out, a book you co-edited  (with Jamie Dopp) on hockey called Now is the Winter. What can you  tell us about this book? RH: Let me sell it: if you want to think about hockey inside and outside the rink, inside and outside the arena, inside [...]

Field Notes - Sandra Shields and David Campion

Field Notes – Sandra Shields and David Campion

Partners in life and work,  writer Sandra Shields and photographer David Campion work together on long term projects, chronicling subjects they find both important and interesting. They now have a site dedicated to their work, www.fieldnotes.ca. The stories here have appeared in a number of places, magazines such as Geist, online at The Tyee and [...]

Nicole Markotic - Interview

Nicole Markotic – Interview

LP: You have a novel coming out shortly? What can you tell us about it? NM: OK, I’m not the greatest at speaking about my own books, but I’ll give this a whirl… Here’s what we came up with for the back blurb: Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot is a narrative of longing [...]

Who’s That Canadian Writer?

Naomi Lakritz, in the Calgary Herald, has a column pointing out results from a poll showing that 50% of Canadians can’t name a Canadian author.

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 [...]

Write Tight

From Time magazine, an article on brief writing that begins: ‘Short is in. Online Americans, fed up with e-mail overload and blogorrhea, are retreating into micro-writing. Six-word memoirs. Four-word film reviews. Twelve-word novels. Mini-lit is thriving.’

Border Line Ignorance

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has a great (small but slowly, slowly growing) section online on Northwest writers that includes a range of writers from novelist Tom Robbins to cartoonist Ellen Forney. Each piece has a sample of writing as well as a video of the writer speaking on a variety of topics. Looking through the [...]

Top 10 Canadian Novels For Canada Day

Thirty years after the National Conference on the Canadian Novel in Calgary picked the 100 most important works of fiction in Canada, the Globe and Mail has five experts pick their top ten Canadian novels. The 1978 Calgary conference also picked their top ten. They were: The Stone Angel (1964) Margaret Laurence. Fifth Business (1970) [...]

Crystal balls and independent bookstores

Writers foreseeing the future in their fiction. Who’s done it. The Times check their crystal ball. Where do you review audio books? The Independent looks at the 10 best children’s audio books in their books pages. Emma Brockes on Lorrie Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald. A great headline Writing’s Easier For Obsessives. In the [...]