In Review: The Week of September 25th

September 30, 2017

When the temperatures dropped outside, ALU HQ became a near-literal freezer and we floated around the idea of an ALU snuggie. (Yay or nay?) But at least things heated up on the awards front: Carleigh Baker's Bad Endings (Anvil Press) was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; Ivan Coyote's Tomboy Survival Guide (Arsenal Pulp Press) was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; and Stuart Ross's A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak & Wynn) won the the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry! Scroll down to see what else we got up to this week.

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On the Blog


~ We adapted Paul Dunn's YA play Outside (Playwrights Canada Press) for a Hollywood blockbuster and are just waiting for the call now.

~ In our Under the Cover interview we found out how Pedlar Press got a Rothko for the cover of Ronna Bloom's The More. 

~ In Jules' Tools for Social Change, author Lauren McKeon chats with us about feminism, the role of intersectionality, and her book F-Bomb (Goose Lane Editions).

~ Our First Fiction Friday featureTwo Roads Home (Freehand Books) is a cross between Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People and Lisa Moore's Caught.





Around the Web


~ Literature and visual art come together in this sci-fi art installation in New Mexico.

~ This clip of Idris Alba reading fan-fiction about himself is worth a watch or three.

~ New-York based Literati is a live comedy show that puts a satirical spotlight on the worst author readings.   





What Else We're Reading


Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist, just published by Brindle & Glass, is full of personal stories by Dr. Martina Scholtens about her experience as a doctor in a refugee clinic for ten years.





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