In Review: The Week of August 14th

We had some “inconceivable!” exploits this week – read on to check out interviews, top 10s, and five Instagram accounts to follow for World Photo Day.


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On the Blog

~ We celebrated today’s World Photo Day with a #FollowFriday roundup of five must-follow Canadian book Instagram accounts.~ “In 1975, at the end of the Cultural Revolution, when I was about eleven years old, the translated versions of Western literary books begun to circulate in China through some underground channels.” Author of our August Book Club pick Shenzheners Xue Yiwei regaled us with the thrilling stories behind his stories in our book club interview.~ Given that it’s the height of Fringe Festival season across Canada, we looked at ten brain-exploder plays for your reading pleasure (and by pleasure, we mean existential crisis).~ Author of The Heavy Bear Tim Bowling The Princess Bride. In other news, Tim Bowling is the best.

Around the Web

~ In The Paris Review, Matthew Zapruder talks about the “different kind of attention” needed for reading poetry.~ If there’s no Moriarty in a Periodic Table of Literary Villains, does that mean he’s some sort of compound antagonist?~ We’re sending strengthening vibes and wishes to Charlottesville independent bookstore New Dominion, who’re staying open despite the ongoing nightmare that is white supremacists descending on their town.

What Else We’re Reading

Hot-off-Lauren’s-mailbox is Merilyn Simonds’ Gutenberg’s Fingerprint (ECW Press) – it’s going to be a weekend of seeing where print culture dovetails with digital, and what it all means, besides.