In Review: The Week of March 16th

March 21, 2020

Social distancing didn't stop us from featuring some pretty great authors on the blog this week: Raquel Fletcher talks about diversity in Quebec; Brian Orend talks Epilepsy and writing; and Jane Munro contemplates the relationship between deep listening and poetry. Plus we've got some strange and surreal book picks to mirror our strange times.  

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On the Blog

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~ Raquel Fletcher, the National Assembly reporter for Global News, author of Who Belongs in Quebec? (Linda Leith Publishing) reflects on her adopted province of Quebec: "Are diversity and the protection of traditional Quebec culture mutually exclusive?"

~ For Epilepsy Awareness Month, author Brian Orend discusses the ups and downs of writing Seizure the Day: Living a Happy Life with Illness (Freehand Books): "It was motivated, at the start, from a place of misery and anger, and struggle for gains in happiness."

~ With the current state of things as they are, we're bring you three strange and surreal poetry  picks to help embrace the chaos.

~ Poet Jane Munro talks about the relationship between deep listening and poetry around #WorldPoetryDay: "The more I worked on composing poems, the more convinced I’d become that good poems did not originate in what I thought of as my self-possessed mind."

 

 

 

 

Around the Web

 

~ The finalists for the  Publishing Triangle Awards were announced with lots of love for All Lit Up favourites Arsenal Pulp Press and Metonymy Press.

~ In more Coronavirus news, Canada Reads 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19.

~ Indie booksellers in the UK get creative delivering books by bicycle during the pandemic.

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ICYMI (last week)

Two poems from Tanja Bartel's debut collection Everyone at This Party (Goose Lane Editions)

 

 

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"Sprung from the hair salon with a smooth,
back-combed flip, I looked like Betty Draper
in her fat phase. Went in unkempt, came out
kempt. Asked for sexy-messy beach
hair, paid for a docile bob. Everyone
is trying to tone me down. Inwardly I scream."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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