Language Arts & Disciplines

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A Bite of the Apple

By Lennie Goodings

Carmen is vigorously polishing one of our three telephones. I am just twenty-five, Canadian, new to Britain and in awe of this formidable woman but as there are only two of us in the office I feel emboldened to ask: “Why did you start Virago?” She looks up and without missing ... Read more

Biting the Error

Edited by Gail Scott, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy, and Mary Burger

What is the best way to tell a story?

In this anthology, the first-ever collection of essays by innovative, cutting-edge writers on the theme of narration, forty of the continent's top experimental writers describe their engagement with language, storytelling and the world. The ... Read more

Breaking the Word Barrier

Edited by Marilyn Lerch & Angela Ranson

In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a ... Read more

Can I Have a Word with You?

By Howard Richler

In his fifth book about language, Howard Richler moves through the alphabet from A to Z singling out words that may look innocuous but contain treasures of hidden meanings. Especially intriguing for Richler is how words change their meanings and develop layered connotations, ... Read more

Canada's Newspaper Legend

By Richard MacFarlane

Amid the "newspaper wars" of the ’90s, we’ve been witness to an explosion of electronic news through cable television and the Internet. But less than a generation ago, newspapers were the principal sources of the late-breaking story. Breaking that story entailed hard-nosed ... Read more

Culture in Transit

By Sherry Simon

Translators connect languages and landscapes, sparking conversations that enlarge our imagination. In Canada, where translation has had an especially important role to play, the nature of the connections has changed. These wide-ranging essays, by Canada’s most prominent translators, ... Read more

Exhilarating Prose

By Barry Healey & Cordelia Strube

This smartly illustrated literary miscellanea is intended to stimulate readers and writers of English prose. From “dead language – the speaks” (i. e., ad-speak, media-speak, corporate-speak) through “re-writing – Again?” to rules (to obey or not to obey), authors ... Read more

Grammar Matters

By Jila Ghomeshi

It is hard to find someone who doesn't have a pet peeve about language. The act of bemoaning the decline of language has become something of a cottage industry. High profile, self-appointed language police worry that new forms of popular media are contributing to sloppiness, ... Read more

How Happy Became Homosexual

By Howard Richler

An old joke goes like this: What’s the difference between a good girl and a nice girl? Answer: The good girl goes to a party, goes home then goes to bed, whereas the nice girl goes to the party, goes to bed, then goes home. The distinction made between the two types of young ... Read more

How to Write

By derek beaulieu beaulieu

How to Write is a perverse Coles Notes: a paradigm of prosody where writing as sampling, borrowing, cutting-and-pasting and mash-up meets literature. This collection of conceptual short ?ction takes inspiration from Lautréamont’s decree that ?plagiarism is necessary. It is ... Read more