Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author ten books including I'm Not Scared of You or Anything, which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Needs Improvement, which was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and Indexical Elegies, which won the CBC Books "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal where he teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine, and the editor for the Serotonin/Wayside Imprint of Insomniac Press.
Road trips are a great way to spend your summer holidays with friends or family, seeing destinations that are (mostly) close to home. However much fun it can be to turn the music up loud and feel the wind in your hair, you'll inevitably have to deal with at least a few of the ... Read more
No, they’re not stories that are mad at you: short story collections offer a window into ideas, themes, and feelings, as well as providing an author the chance to flex their writerly muscle, honing every paragraph down to perfect sentences; sentences to perfect words. As Andrew ... Read more
Live in our nation's capital? Book events are converging on Ottawa this week: poetry readings, open mics, and workshops galore. If you're not in the shadow of Parliament Hill, don't you frown: featured events are in Vancouver and Montreal, too. Let's get bookish.
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Winter’s got its hold on us now. As we deal with the white stuff in various parts of the country, hibernating until spring comes, here are some very appropriate looking books to kit out your bookshelf with. (They also happen to be quite entertaining reads!)
This year, you may have resolved to eat healthier, quit smoking, or save money. But how about resolving to be open to new inspiration? Poetry offers an accessible read suitable for a quick browse, a languid savouring, or reading aloud.
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If you’re at all familiar with All Lit Up, you know that we tend toward the quirky, the new, the different. Our unique Inspire! preview gives you the lowdown of not-to-miss sessions with some of our fantastic authors and publishers for almost every kind of reader: nine things ... Read more
Jon Paul Fiorentino recently questioned whether he needed improvement with his last collection of poetry published by Coach House Books (Needs Improvement, 2013) and now he's assuring us that he's not scared of us (or anything for that matter) with his new collection of stories, ... Read more
At this point, it seems safe to say that pretty much anyone who identifies as a bit of a bookworm is aware that the short story is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance. In Canada this is in no small part due to the recent Nobel Prize win by the master of the format, Alice ... Read more
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