In Review: The Week of March 12th

March 17, 2018

This week we continued celebrating women authors and artists, learned about the making of audiobooks, and spooked ourselves out with talk of a haunted bookshop.

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On the Blog



~ If you fell in love with the intimate, off-kilter stories in Zolitude (Biblioasis) like we did, you'll want to read author Paige Cooper's companion piece "The Tourist's Guide to Zolitude" featuring the Top Fourteen Places to View Pain.

~ We turned up the volume with publisher Playwrights Canada Press on the making of their first audiobook for Jordan Tannahill's GG-winning play Age of Minority.

~ "By now we’re all familiar with the Brontë sisters, Vita and Virginia, Vanessa and Virginia, and others, but what is friendship like for a fairly obscure contemporary writer in the current age?" Author Shawna Lemay explores literary female friendships in her new piece " The Sponge-Cake Model of Friendship."

~ We admired the artwork of late Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook: "Annie was initially known her detailed interiors of houses in Cape Dorset. She would put in a lot of small details: people kicking off their boots, people watching tv, a little vase of flowers, a clock, the light-switches, all of which say, "we don’t live in ice houses anymore."

~ Debut novel Chocolate Cherry Chai (Roseway Publishing) by Taslim Burkowicz was on our first-fiction radar this week.




Around the Web

~ It turns out Shakespeare made the first-ever knock-knock joke and popularized these other common phrases.



~ Pennsylvania? More like hauntsylvania (let us have this). This old bookstore is rumoured to have a resident ghost living among its shelves.

~ McSweeny's gives us ten no-holds-barred tips for writing a literary AF novel




What Else We're Reading

We're re-visiting Ardour (Coach House Books), an ALU oldie but goodie with the announcement that poet Nicole Brossard will receive the Violet Prize at this year's Blue Metropolis Festival.








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