25th Trillium Award


Celebrating the Life of Alistair MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod will forever be remembered as one of the great Canadian writers, and will be particularly remembered for his ability to evoke the landscape and people of Cape Breton Island. Exploring themes of family, geographic ties to the land, community and socioeconomic realities in Cape Breton, MacLeod vividly brought to life the stories of Cape Breton's people and their history.

At the Desk: rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, rob mclennan currently calls Canada's glorious capital city his home. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010 and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. He recently won the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Artist Award, announced at a gala on April 22, 2014.

CNIB Library Braille Creative Writing Contest

The CNIB Library is now accepting submissions for their Braille Creative Writing Contest. The contest is open to primary and secondary Canadian students who are blind or partially sighted. There are four group levels: Grades K-2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 and the contest is divided into two categories, one for story/essay and one for poetry.

Brick Books Kicks Off Spring 2014 Cross-Canada Tour

Brick Books' is kicking off their Spring 2014 Cross-Canada Tour this week.

Brick Books Coast to Coast: An Interview with Karen Enns

This spring, Brick Book poets Karen Enns, Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro and Arleen Paré are embarking on a cross-Canada poetry tour, reading from their new collections to audiences coast to coast.

Grace O'Connell is a Project Bookmark Page Turner

Open Book's Senior Editor, Grace O'Connell, is a Page Turner, and you can be one too. Donate $20 to Project Bookmark Canada, and you'll support a remarkable organization that "puts stories and poems in the exact, physical locations where literary scenes are set."

Become a Page Turner today, and you'll have a chance to win a copy of Grace's novel, Magnified World.

At the Desk: Ellen S. Jaffe

Ellen S. Jaffe is a poet, playwright, novelist and educator living in Hamilton, Ontario. Her latest collection of poems Skinny-Dipping with the Muse (Guernica Editions) is forthcoming in May.

On Writing, with Peter Goodchild

In Peter Goodchild's latest book Tumbling Tide: Population, Petroleum, and Systemic Collapse (Insomniac Press), he explores what life will look like in a post-peak oil world. Peter explores topics such as housing, food production, education and politics and examines the troubling social effects that could stem from the crisis.

Today we speak with Peter about his book, what sparked the idea for it and what got us into our current situation of over-reliance on fossil fuels.


Money Talks

With Deryn Collier, Paula Daly, Gloria Ferris, Cecil Foster, Adrianne Harun, Harry Karlinsky, Kate Pullinger, Ray Robertson and Allan Stratton.

This month in Fiction Craft, we ask writers: What role does money play in your fiction?

Like sex, money is one of those odd things that everyone thinks quite a lot about yet no one talks very much about. In the world of books and publishing, talking about money is positively frowned upon, as though the art of creating fiction should somehow exist in a privileged, hot-house environment sequestered from the stuff of daily concerns. This, of course, is utter nonsense. But I’ve often found that -- to the detriment of the art -- this bizarre perspective filters its way into the writing itself, where characters have no more need or desire for money than they do other of life’s more base essentials. (When, for example, was the last time a character in a novel had a good wank or took a crap?)

Special Interview: Shyam Selvadurai on Bonham Centre Award & LGBT Writing in Canada

On April 24, the Mark S. Bonham Centre will be holding the 2014 Bonham Centre “Power of the Word” Awards Gala, honouring writers who have made distinguished contributions to the public understanding of sexual diversity in Canada.

This year, they will honour three distinguished writers in the genre of sexual diversity including Edmund White, Patricia Nell-Warren and Shyam Selvadurai. In addition, the IBM Youth Award will be given to Waawaate Fobister.

Established in 2008, The Bonham Centre Awards recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education.

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