Leslie Vryenhoek’s award-winning poetry, fiction and memoir have appeared across Canada and internationally. She is the author of Scrabble Lessons (fiction, 2009) and Gulf (poetry, 2011), published by Oolichan. A former Manitoban now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Vryenhoek is the founding director of Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory. Ledger of the Open Hand is her first novel.
Influential social activist Gemma Hickey is a force for change and tireless advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community: in 2005 they co-led the movement that legalized same-sex marriage in Canada, and in 2017 their request for a gender-neutral birth certificate spurred Newfoundland ... Read more
This week All Lit Up Read the Provinces wraps up with eight authors from the Newfoundland, PEI, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. Plus, bookish Twitter divided again, and more, below.
At All Lit Up we know Canadian books to be compelling, genre-bending, out-of-the-box literature that we love to share. That's why all January long we're bringing you interviews with authors from every province and just about every territory along with excerpts from their books. ... Read more
You'd think after four literary hangovers, we'd be better at managing our awards-fuelled reading binges and calling it a night. Proving once again that moderation isn't our strong suit, we bring you our fifth annual Literary Awards Hangover, a coffee-sipping, greasy-spoonin' ... Read more
Winter is around the bend, and the days are growing darker, but here at ALU we’re all lit up with anticipation of cozy nights in getting our read on. (Throw in a fireplace and some hot chocolate and our night is just about complete.)
Next week we have something special in store ... Read more
Vacations are great, right? But, oh, the packing. Either you forget a critical item (Sunscreen, perhaps? Pants, for the truly free-spirited?) or manage to haul a small caravan’s worth of stuff for a weekend out of town. Don’t fret: we’ve rounded up the ten best literary ... Read more
We’re already in the thick of Literary Festival Season, with great events like Halifax’s Word on the Street and Winnipeg’s Thin Air Festival already in session or just passed. We’re here with a roundup of what’s yet to come, so clear your calendar! Things are about ... Read more
Stingy, conflicted by a best friend, and haunted by past, present, and future...It's not Ebenezer Scrooge but Meriel-Claire Elgin, the heroine of Leslie Vryenhoek's Ledger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books).
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