Mark Sampson is the author of five previous books: the novels The Slip (Dundurn Press, 2017), Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Press, 2014) and Off Book (Norwood Publishing, 2007); the short story collection The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing, 2015); and the poetry collection Weathervane (Palimpsest Press, 2016). Mark has published many short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada, including in The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Nashwaak Review, The Puritan, This magazine and FreeFall. He is a frequent book reviewer for Quill & Quire, Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ) and other publications. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, he currently lives and writes in Toronto.
With the chaos of the presidential debates in full swing, we turned our sights to things that soothe us: books! Scroll on to find out what we were up to this week.
This week on the blog: the ALU Indie Reading Room, author interviews, a stunning debut, and more.
The All Lit Up Indie Reading Room is open for another season with more authors and new books! If you tuned into our first iteration of IRR, you'll remember we hosted live readings via Zoom all May long. This time we're taking it to the gram with a lineup of ten fantastic authors ... Read more
There's nothing scary about three season launches and two festivals this week (well, maybe that we don't have enough time to see them all!).
Are you hosting an event featuring an author whose titles are available on All Lit Up? Send the event details, including author, book, ... Read more
Another year, another slew of awards, another night of regrets crawling into bed with books you barely know. With ties draped around our necks and neglected mascara gone semi-permanent, we bring you our favourite column on our worst feeling: the literary award hangover. Last ... Read more
Our blog was pretty much all poetry, all the time throughout the month of April. Since National Poetry Month only comes once a year, we tend to save up a lot of our poetry-related exuberance and let it out all at once. But we know a lot of other things happened in April and ... Read more
Claire Caldwell's poetry is said to "pulverize", to tease; a "vivid assault on the senses". Read more about her debut collection, Invasive Species, and hear her read from it, in this edition of Poetry in Motion.
We know, we know — you love indie Canadian books, and would love to attend readings and launch parties for new fall books and local authors — but it can be overwhelming, what with the hundreds of events happening all of the time, all over the country.
Well, budding members ... Read more
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