Submitted by Open Book on March 26, 2014 - 1:42pm
As our views on the environment and resource allocation change, the idea of sprawling suburbs and the car as king are waning. For the first time in decades, people are moving back to urban centres. The question is not what is a better way to live, but rather, how can we be happy and healthy as inevitable densification continues. Charles Montgomery tackles this question and much more in his book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (Doubleday Canada).
Submitted by Open Book on March 25, 2014 - 11:04am
The 2014 incarnation of the CBC Canada Writes short story competition received over 3,000 submissions — more than seven million hopeful words from emerging and established writers across the country.
After a team of readers narrowed the initial volume down, the final decision was up to three acclaimed writers — Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter. Judging the career-boosting contest (which is the biggest of its kind in Canada) is a huge responsibility and the CBC certainly found the right people for the job.
Submitted by clelia on March 24, 2014 - 7:28pm
From our friends at the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival:
Submitted by Open Book on March 24, 2014 - 1:05pm
Jane Eaton Hamilton's "Smiley" rose above more than 3,000 other short stories to capture the 2014 CBC Canada Writes crown. In one small package, Jane tackles family and food, gender identity and longing, and coming of age.
We had the chance to speak with Jane about her big win, which is in fact her second — she was previously awarded the CBC Canada Writes prize (then known as the CBC Short Story prize) in 2003. Her work has also appeared in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories as well as in publications throughout North America.
Jane tells us about how "Smiley" came to be, which of her characters is like a Peanuts cartoon and how a great short story is like an iceberg.
Submitted by Open Book on March 24, 2014 - 11:12am
Jane Eaton Hamilton of Vancouver, BC has scooped the CBC Canada Writes prize for her South Africa-set story, "Smiley", which takes its title from the traditional South African sheep's head dish.
Jane has reason to celebrate, not only for her big win this year, but because this is her second time around — she won Canada Writes previously in 2003, and has also twice been awarded the PRISM International Fiction Prize. Her story was selected from over 3,200 received from across the country.
Submitted by Open Book on March 21, 2014 - 3:57pm
At the sixth annual Get Lit event, a unique line-up of acclaimed authors will share and discuss a piece of writing that has inspired them towards their own success.
The event was founded by Romina Tina Fontana, who took inspiration from Al Purdy's famously comic, intense reading performances. This year's readers will be Damian Abraham, Robyn Doolittle, Perdita Felicien, Jeremy Laing, CBC's Amanda Lang and Frank Viva.
Submitted by Open Book on March 21, 2014 - 1:34pm
In Canada, the name Margaret MacMillan has become synonymous with fine non-fiction. Her previous books, including Paris 1919 and Nixon in China are bookshelf staples across the country. So it's fitting indeed to see that her latest publication, The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (Allen Lane Canada) has captured a coveted spot on the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing shortlist.
Submitted by clelia on March 20, 2014 - 4:17pm
All My Sins (Now Or Never Publishing), the debut novel by Daryl Sneath, is a story about guilt, false accusations, a revenge-plot and the desire to wipe the tablet clean and begin anew.
Today Open Book speaks to Daryl about the research behind his novel, what he’s working on now and gives us some insight into All My Sins’ protagonist, Ben Dunn.
Tell us about your book, All My Sins.
Submitted by clelia on March 18, 2014 - 4:32pm
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. The poets will make three stops in Ontario. You can catch their readings in Toronto on May 9, in Kingston on May 12 and in Ottawa on May 13.
Submitted by shaunsmith on March 15, 2014 - 1:40pm
With Sebastien de Castell, Kirstin Chen, J.E. Forman, Amy Hatvany, Nancy Lee, Claire Letemendia, Jennifer McMahon, Peter Norman, Padma Viswanathan and M.D. Waters.
This month on Fiction Craft we asked a group of writers: How do you keep a plot moving forward?