In Review: The Week of June 17th

June 22, 2019

This week we welcomed #ALUbookclub for another patio season, interviewed authors, shared book picks for National Indigenous Peoples Day, and more.

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~ We kicked off our annual #ALUbookclub with two summer-ready reads from NeWest Press and ECW Press: Echolocation by Karen Hofmann and Bad Ideas by Missy Marston.

~ For Pride Month, we chatted with debut novelist Susie Taylor on writing queer characters and her novel Even Weirder Than Before (Breakwater Books): "This novel is fictional, but Daisy’s voice tries to pay homage to the miserable, queer and confused kid [...]"

~ Our interview with poet Ben Ladouceur, author of Mad Long Emotion (Coach House Books) included his fave fictional characters, writing  life, and the magic of re-reading novels. "I used to think it was a strange use of time, but now I see that some novels basically tell you to come back again in ten years when you’re different."

~ Suzanne Methot, author of Legacy (ECW Press) shared her thoughts on intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities, what ending colonial control really means, and National Indigenous Peoples Day: "It took a long time and a lot of unlearning to realize that instead of being helped, Indigenous peoples are criminalized for experiencing the everyday impacts of intergenerational trauma."





Around the Web


~ Proving that no one is safe from rejection, here is a roundup of rejection letters sent to famous writers.

~ Leonard Cohen's love letters to his muse Marianne Ihlen sold at an auction for over $800,000.

~ If you didn't think grammar was controversial, here are 19 times linguistic spats turned personal and political.






What Else We're Reading



Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being by Amy Fung (Book*hug Press)








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