25th Trillium Award

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Ottawa Lit: fall 2014 preview

by rob mclennan

2014 PoeARTry North: Making History in Cobalt

By David Brydges

At The Desk: Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie is the author of been shed bore, and her manuscript Thirsts won the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in 2011.

Tickets for Kingston WritersFest On Sale Today

Tickets for the 2014 Kingston WritersFest go on sale today, August 7, at noon.

Keep the Presses Rolling at Chaudiere Books

Chaudiere Books, founded in 2006 with the mandate to produce books that engage the Ottawa-area literary community with the outside world, is seeking support as they rebuild after being relaunched by rob mclennan and new

On Writing, with Magie Dominic

Magie Dominic is a Newfoundland writer and artist living in New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications and her art has been exhibited in Toronto and New York.

Profile on Jason Christie

by rob mclennan

On Writing, with Sam McKegney

Sam McKegney is an author and associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. His most recent book, published earlier this year, is Masculindians:

(Further) notes on the archive

by rob mclennan

On starting a new poetry journal: Touch the Donkey

by rob mclennan

Prince Edward County Studio Tour presents Unique Literary and Artistic Event

The Prince Edward County Studio Tour is presenting a unique event combining literary and visual arts.

On Writing, with Melanie Dugan

Melanie Dugan is a Kingston-based writer and author of four novels, including this spring's Bee Summers, a coming of age story about a young girl whose mother simply walks out of the house one day, neve

At the Desk: Cheryl Cooper

In Second Summer of War (Dundurn), Cheryl Cooper takes readers back to 1813 to follow the fate of Princess Emeline "Emily" Louisa.

rob mclennan on John Newlove at 76

By rob mclennan

2014 Canadian Authors Association Lit Awards Shortlist Announced

The Canadian Authors Association have announced the 2014 shortlist for the CAA Literary Awards.


Big Ideas
This month, for the final installment of Fiction Craft, we asked a group of writers: How do you know if there is a novel in a story idea?

2014 Speaker's Book Award Now Accepting Submissions

The annual Speaker's Book Award, established in 2012 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is now accepting entries from authors and publishers across the province until September 19, 201

Literary mothers: rob mclennan on Elizabeth Smart

Literary genealogy can be such a tricky thing. What does it mean to attempt to trace anything as nebulous as literary parentage or forebears?

The Proust Questionnaire, with Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is an award-winning Metis writer and literary performer from Manitoba, now living with her family on the west coast. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award in 1992.

Five Things Literary: Hamilton, Ontario with Krista Foss

In our Five Things Literary series, we bring you into the literary life of individual authors and the communities that nurture and inspire them.

Today we hear from debut novelist and past Journey Prize nominee (twice over!) Krista Foss, who lives and writes in Hamilton. Krista's debut novel, Smoke River, was published this spring by McClelland & Stewart. Quill & Quire triumphed the work as a modern classic, saying Smoke River will "overwhelm you with deep feelings — despair, anger, love, defiance, frustration, yearning, bitterness, pain... [a] searing novel".

Krista is in good company in Hamilton, which has quietly been attracting writers and artists of all stripes from across the province to its historical core for many years, creating a vibrant arts community in the southwestern Ontario city.

Read on to hear from Krista about the literary life of Hamilton.

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