Liberating the Book by Bryan Demchinsky

Get ready for it – the next big thing in the digital revolution is nearly upon us. It’s called social reading and it will change the way books are produced and consumed. So says digital publishing guru Bob Stein, someone with the cred to know what he’s talking about. Stein played a role in creating […]

Trading Places with Yourself by Sean Michaels

For as long as I can remember I’ve been telling musicians, “I’m a fiction writer.” And for just as many years I’ve been telling other writers, “I’m a music critic.” As a writer, it’s not unusual to cultivate a handful of different identities but it feels strange when these identities begin to reorganize themselves. I […]

A Tale of Two Meetings by Lori Schubert

Two hundred and fifty buzzing literati from across Canada—writers, storytellers, translators, booksellers, publishers, and directors of literary organizations—settled in at tables of ten in an underground conference room at the McGill New Residence. Around the perimeter were the impresarios of this unprecedented two-day extravaganza: the team from the Canada Council for the Arts. The ambitious […]

Poetry at Elizabeth House by Dale Matthews

The Writers in the Community workshops mostly culminate in zines (literary magazines of the participants’ work) and readings. Sometimes there are more elaborate performances. Last night I was looking back over the three zines that have come out of workshops I’ve facilitated at Elizabeth House since autumn, 2012 in Montreal. Each poem or short prose […]

Writing What I Don’t Know by Elaine Kalman Naves

Ever since working at a historical research centre way back I won’t say when, I’ve always wanted to write a novel set in nineteenth-century Montreal. My job at the research centre depended on mining the contents of nineteenth-century Canadian newspapers, which I found to be intriguingly racy, and saucy founts of information. Four years ago […]