In Review: The Week of July 16th

July 21, 2018

Our weekly roundup includes gender-swapped scenes from literary classics, interviews with rad authors, reading and writing in prison, and some of the spookiest books out there.


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On the Blog



~ "Just getting off the ferry is tricky for me. I know it is second nature for my neighbours, but I’m terrible at it." Author David Ward shares an excerpt from his book Bay of Hope (ECW Press) about his five-years in an isolated Newfoundland community.

~ Jacqueline Valencia's poem "Taxi Driver Tracy" from There Is No Escape Out of Time (Insomniac Press) was our inspiration for these gender-swapped scenes from three literary classics.

~ "Empathy—which is obviously fundamental—when used for art is still a form of narcissism. I can’t understand anyone without filtering them through my own ego first." We interviewed Paige Cooper for #ALUbookclub about Zolitude (Biblioasis), writing, ego, and voluntary loneliness.

~ "We’ve helped individuals read and write sentences for the first time in their lives." We chatted with founder Robyn Keystone of Literal Change, a not-for-profit that works to bring literacy to inmates in two of Ontario's maximum security centres.

~ "Kurt Vonnegut hated semi-colons. How can you read a man like that? Obviously, he’s a negative influence. I tried and tried to imitate Alice Munro whose work I worshipped; turns out you can’t." We interviewed the very funny Sharon Butala (author of Zara's Dead, Coteau Books) about the writing life, her work, and her influences.



Around the Web


~ Get to know the literary scene in your community with this guide from CBC Books.

~ And if international travel is on your checklist, these hotels made in bibliophillic heaven (but not quite that far) are worth a trip. 

~ From Pet Sematary to the Haunting of Hill House, these books were deemed the spookiest by authors.




What Else We're Reading

Staffer Tan picked up Wendi Stewart's debut, Meadowlark (NeWest Press), while on a recent vacation:




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