In Review: The Week of October 26th

This week we rounded up some spooky and strange books for Halloween reading, welcomed Stoop City author Kristyn Dunnion in the Indie Reading Room, saw one of our beloved publishers Kitty Lewis off to retirement, and more. 


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On the Blog

~ Alex Passey on the politics behind his new novel Mirror’s Edge (At Bay Press) and what makes good speculative fiction: “Great works should allow you both the escapism and the engagement.”Finding Heartstone (Caitlin Press) author and poet Cathy Sosnowsky shares her best advice on how to get your rear into writing gear: “I once had a dream (way back before I published anything) that I had written a book in spaghetti. In the dream I told a student (I was a college instructor then) that I wanted readers to eat it up.”~ Indie Reading Room author Kristyn Dunnion tells us about her short story collection Stoop City (Biblioasis), how the paranormal influences her work, and more: Stoop City~ We rounded up some spooky and strange books to get you in the Halloween spirit. ~ We revisited some seriously stellar fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from spring 2020 with #aluspringback before the “fall back.” 

Around the Web

~ 32 writers make the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize longlist via CBC Books~ Beloved publisher Kitty Lewis retires from Brick Books via Quill & Quire~ RM Vaughan appreciation: He was someone a small group thinks the world of via The Globe and Mail  

ICYMI (last week)

Mixtape: Fake It So Real

This edition of Mixtape is Hole meets the Sex Pistols meets the Spice Girls: get a rad punk-rock inspired playlist to pair with the literary stylings of Susan Sanford Blades’s debut novel Fake It So Real (Nightwood Editions).