In Review: The Week of November 11th

November 16, 2019

Women who love murder, translations of fantastical lit, and a cat named Ghost were just some of this week's happenings on All Lit Up. Scroll on for our weekly recap!

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On the Blog



~ The inimitable Lisa de Nikolits shares about what it was like to film the recently released CBC doc "Meet The Women Who Love Murder: The Mesdames of Mayhem": "What made us tick? What goes on inside the darkness of our heads? There were times Cat’s insightful questions left us feeling like perhaps we had said too much." 

~ Preview the striking Indigenous artwork in The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories (Kegedonce Press), a collection of sacred Anishinaabe creation stories by renowned Indigenous artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch: “'For many of the Anishinaabek,' Isaac explains, 'we believe that we were lowered down here from the stars. I really like the story because it talks about our connection to the star world. And a lot of our medicine here on earth comes from up there.'”

~ Lyrical language, liminal spaces, and Mary Shelley's naval: we sat down with Rhonda Mullins to talk about her experience translating some of the dark and fantastical lit from Coach House Books: "When I translate, I need to have a film running in my mind of what’s happening in the story. So when the story veers off out of reality, it can be hard to follow it. But eventually the picture tends to take shape, either through repeated edits or by putting things aside for a while."

~ In advance of International Day of Tolerance, author Robin Stevenson tells us the story behind her kid's book Ghost's Journey (Rebel Mountain Press): "As an author, when I care about an issue, I want to write about it—but I felt that refugee stories were not my stories to tell. I finally found a way to do so [...]"





Around the Web


~ Comic Sans turned 25 and its designer explains why he created the most reviled font in internet history

~ Judge a book by its cover with this Buzzfeed book cover quiz. (We got 10/10, just sayin')

~ Urban Dictionary may be vulgar, but it's a good tool for linguists.







ICYMI (last week)



Two poems from Marlene Cookshaw's Mowing

Read "Convalescence" and "Sideways," from Marlene Cookshaw's newest poetry collection Mowing (Brick Books)












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