Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

 

Free Canadian App Shelfie Allows Readers to Get Digital Editions of Their Hardcopy Books

There's little a book lover adores more than the smell of a book, but sometimes the conveniences of modern life are irresistible, which is why many of us complement our paperbacks and hardcovers with Kobos and other e-readers.

Special Feature: Michel Chikwanine discusses Graphic Novel Memoir Child Soldier

Michel Chikwanine is creating positives from some of the darkest, most negative experiences imaginable. Abducted to serve as a child soldier at just five years old, Michel survived unthinkable conditions before miraculously making his way back to his family.

In order to tell his remarkable story, Michel has partnered with illustrator Claudia Dávila and writer Jessica Dee Humphreys to create the graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (KidsCan Press).

Special Feature! Stuart Ross on Judging the Aspiring Canadian Writers contest

The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contest launched during National Poetry Month in April of 2012 with their inaugural and recurring poetry contest celebrating emerging and unpublished writers. Now in its fourth year, the award is given annually to three developing writers, one winner and two runners-up, whose works has yet to be published. The winning poems are published on the contest website and the winners' names are announced each year in an issue of Quill & Quire.

Read an Excerpt from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better

Monica Heisey already had us giggling at our desks with her Dirty Dozen interview (she shares our feelings on puns!), but now we're thrilled to present a sample of her painfully witty I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life (Red Deer Press).

Check out Monica's deadly serious advice on how to make your apartment look so perfect it makes Gwyneth look like a mess.

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Excerpted from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life

Special Feature! Joseph Boyden on Place and Landscape in His Writing - an AGO Lecture Preview

The name Joseph Boyden has become synonymous with Canadian literature — a curious turn of events given that Boyden writes about Canadian characters and landscapes while teaching for much of the year in New Orleans. Though Boyden returns to Canada, and particularly his beloved Northern Ontario, frequently, living part of his life south of the border seems to have bestowed a beneficial clarity.

Read an Excerpt from Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury

Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury (Pedlar Press) finds power in what is traditionally forbidden — embracing anger. The women in these poems turn expected narratives on their head, transform stories of salvation into stories of destruction. They mirror the female experience with the neglect and abuse suffered by our natural environment. These unflinching, lyrical pieces deftly and slyly question our expectations around what is "natural", while weaving a story of mother and daughter, questioning and exploring.

We're thrilled to offer a special excerpt of Barren the Fury today on Open Book, courtesy of Pedlar Press. Get a taste of Brenda's powerful poems below.

Behind the Books, with Dundurn Press President Kirk Howard

We love to talk to writers about their processes and inspirations, but it's easy to forget once you're curled up reading that it takes a village to create a great book, from design and publicity to sales reps and production managers.

Special Feature! Artist Tacita Dean on Her Correspondence with JG Ballard

It's no surprise that writers tend to make excellent correspondents. Most of us however are not lucky enough to be on the receiving end of our favourite authors' letters. For acclaimed UK artist Tacita Dean, however, thats exactly what happened when she wrote to iconic British author J. G. Ballard to request permission to make one of his short stories, "The Voices of Time", into a film.

Contest! Win Tickets to a New Film Adaptation of Madame Bovary!

Are you a fan of classic literature? Then you'll be happy to hear that Flaubert's much-adapted and widely influential realist novel Madame Bovary is coming to the big screen again, with a spectacular cast, including Mia Wasikowska as the ill-fated and complicated Madame, as well as Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ezra Miller, Laura Carmichael, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Logan Marshall Green.

Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures, we're excited to give away passes for the film at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox, opening on July 3, 2015. Each winner will receive a pass for two people, redeemable for one-time entry to a screening during the film's engagement at the Lightbox.

Contest! Win Tickets to a Special Screening of new Sherlock Film, Mr. Holmes!

Are you a Sherlock fan? Whether it's Basil Rathbone or Benedict Cumberbatch depicting the famed detective on screen, or curling up with one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original books, the man from 221B Baker Street has delighted fans for over a hundred years.

The newest instalment in the Sherlock canon is Mr. Holmes, a film starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney that takes the unique twist of having an elderly Holmes attempting to set the record straight following the widespread popularity of his partner Dr. Watson's written accounts of their adventures. He lives in isolation with only a housekeeper and her young son for company, and finds himself ruminating on the details of the case that forced him into retirement.

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