March 11, 2019
Writing and illustrating children’s books: All the surprisesBy Naseem Hrab
The process of writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book can be filled with surprises—good and bad! For example, I’m always surprised by how much my heart explodes when a friend sends ...
March 05, 2019
An Interview with Ashley ObscuraBy James Lindsay
“What place does the slow-moving technology of love have in our world?” Plainspoken but never simplistic, the writing of Ashley Obscura and her press, Metatron, is emblematic of many of the young ...
February 26, 2019
When All Your Faves Are ProblematicBy Amanda Leduc
Recently, at a dinner with several writer friends, I learned that a writer I’ve long admired has been known to behave rather smarmily around young women. This writer is now on the list of names that ...
February 19, 2019
On BurnoutBy Alicia Elliott
I’ve finished my first book. I’ve done the writing, the rewriting, the editing, more rewriting, the copy editing, the fact checking… I think you get the point. It was a lot of work. But now I’m ...
February 13, 2019
Writing Black Futures: I see you creating strong bondsBy Chelene Knight
In February of 2018 I had curated an event at the Vancouver Public Library called “Where are you really from?” which I hoped would create a safe space for dialogue around what it means to identify ...
February 05, 2019
Who I Think About When I Write … It’s Probably You: A List of Questions to Ask Yourself About Audience as You WriteBy Naseem Hrab
I find it really challenging to write a picture book without imagining its audience. In whose hands will the finished book end up? What will make them pick it up? Will they find my story satisfying? To ...
January 30, 2019
My Reading Year: What I Learned from Reading 275 Books in 365 DaysBy A.H. Reaume
The other day I told a friend that I'd read 275 books in 2018 and he responded by laughing and declaring emphatically, "That's a reading year!"I think that's an excellent way to describe my past year. ...
January 23, 2019
“Psychically, process was a funnel . . .” an Interview with Caroline SzpakBy James Lindsay
Teasing language until it threatens to go ballistic, Slinky Naive, Caroline Szpak’s debut collection, is sheer sonic joy; a sensual, linguistic hodgepodge worthy of Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Legris ...
January 15, 2019
On Re-Fusing CanLit--Or Why We Need Integrity, Community, and RosesBy A.H. Reaume
In a lot of the trauma memoirs I’ve been reading lately, I see the same metaphor used to describe the process of healing. You’ve likely heard it too. It compares healing from trauma to the Japanese ...
December 12, 2018
Beyond the Possible: On World BuildingBy Amanda Leduc
Sometimes, I think about what would have happened to Frodo and Sam if, during their journey across the land to Mordor, Frodo had fallen down a jagged slope of rocks and broken his leg.Would Frodo, delirious ...