Reading this book reminds me of how much I love reading books of writers’ letters. You can dive in at any point, read a few or a lot. The glimpse they give you of the writer’s life is always interesting. I also love how small the world of Canadian writing seems in this book. Laurence knew everyone. And her takes on writing and life are so smart and funny. Anyone else like books of letters? #bookstagram#canlit#margaretlaurence#bookgeek
Relive the memories of our 30th anniversary festival and award-winning authors with 10 chances to win:
-6 WOTStrology-themed packs
-3 Toronto Book Award shortlist packs
-1 Limited edition WOTS merch prize
-BONUS Kindle eReader (Fridays)
Link in bio with more details and prize pack contents!
Everyone loves a good story. Thanks for being part of ours.🥰📚
Signed books make great, personalized gifts! This weekend authors Steven Laffoley, RC Shaw, and Janice Landry will be signing copies of their latest books.
Dec. 8 from 12-2pm: Steven Laffoley will be at Chapters in the Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth.
Dec. 8 from 12-3pm: RC Shaw will be at Carrefour Atlantic in Historic Properties, Halifax.
Dec. 7 from 1-3pm: Janice Landry will be at the Indigospirit in the Sunnyside Mall, Bedford.
Dec. 8 from 1-3pm: Janice Landry will be at Coles in the Halifax Shopping Centre, Halifax.
For the last few years, the kind folks at a local church have been putting together care packages for families stuck in pediatric units over Christmas. They always order a copy of Blank Spaces to accompany each gift. It warms our heart to know that these will be delivered on Christmas Eve and that parents can have the joyful distraction of Canadian art and literature as they try to make the best of a hard time in the midst of what should be a happy season. If Blank Spaces brightens your holiday in any way, we are humbled and grateful. 🙏 ❤️🎄 #blankspacesmag#canadianmagazine#givethegiftofcanlit#canlit#tistheseason
If you haven't read our December newsletter yet, we highlighted author @kyomaclear, author of It Began With A Page, and illustrator @isabelle_arsenault, author/illustrator of Albert's Quiet Quest. Click the link in our bio to learn more about what inspires these creators, what future projects they're working on, and more!
"Against the Grain" by Lindsay Ruck is now available in stores! This biography chronicles the life of Dr. John Savage, physician, mayor of Dartmouth, and twenty-third premier of Nova Scotia. From tackling the health and education systems to making turn-the-province-on-its-head decisions while premier, John was determined to change the way things were done.
Sometimes holiday gift buying does not jingle bell rock. Fortunately for you we've got another round of our weekly recommendations! 🎁🎁🎁
1) For your BFF who has Google Alerts set up for the best books of the year lists - You Will Be Safe Here by @mrdamianbarr
2) For your aunt whose two great loves are food and memoirs - tawâw by @shanemchartrand and @jckfoodgirl
3) For your cousin who is loving their #canlit course RN - Moving Targets by @therealmargaretatwood
Leaving the cozy confines of university to start your career can be a challenging time. For some, it means being torn between what you want and the expectations of others; following traditional routes...or forging your own path.
The Tao Of Kristen is now available on Amazon or visit www.TheTaoOfKristen.com.
Some food for thought from issue 1 by William Ruzvidzo. Has travel, whether at home or abroad, ever made you feel out of place? How? Our second issue explores the theme OUT OF PLACE. For general submission guidelines please visit returntrip.ca and send us an email at email@example.com if you’ve got an idea you want to share 😊 Thank you!
There's just hours left before we announce the winners, but we couldn't miss our last finalist feature! We loved @maggiedwyer2011's novel What The Living Do. We will let this description on her Amazon listing speak for itself: "Until the age of twelve, Georgia Lee Kay-Stern believed she was Jewish - the story of her Cree birth family had been kept secret. Now she's living on her own and attending first year university, and with her adoptive parents on sabbatical in Costa Rica, the old questions are back. What does it mean to be Native? How could her life have been different? As Winnipeg is threatened by the flood of the century, Georgia Lee's brutal murder sparks a tense cultural clash. Two families wish to claim her for burial. But Georgia Lee never figured out where she belonged, and now other people have to decide for her...."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Seasonal Shenanigans, formerly the BC Book Publishers Holiday Hootenanny. I still need to decide which books I’m gonna go home with. #CanLit#QueerLit#bclit
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I cannot say enough good things about this middle grade dystopia novel by @phdowding. Every library in Ontario probably has it already because it's a Forest of Reading book, but libraries everywhere should consider it!
The story takes place long after an apocalyptic environmental collapse wiped out most of humanity. Some humans survived, and now live a farming and scavenging life amongst the piles of garbage left by humanity. All bees and fruit have become extinct. In the middle of a rundown city is a giant pearly globe. 1000 children live inside, raised by robots called Mothers. They have no knowledge of the outside world. But they do have a seed library, and real fruit trees. What will happen when the two oldest children discover a door to the outside?
Similar to The Giver in quality, content, appeal, and originality, Oculum really is children's literature. It's written beautifully, simply, and thoughtfully, and covers subject matter that is not common enough in Middle Grade. Every scene can be pictured in vivid detail, and readers of any age will be desperate to learn more about this strange world.
This is the 101st book I read this year, and it is UP THERE on my top favourite list. Librarians, you might not have seen this book on any lists yet. It's a hidden gem! And so easy to promote to kids. Be the one who brings it to your community.
David Reynolds wrote this reimagining of the classic folktale when he was just 9 years old.
The True Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff: The Troll's Side of the Story was first published in Chalkdust & Chewing Gum in 1992 (Jesperson Press). The Problematic Press edition features charming illustrations by Myles Reichel. 📚 📖 ☕ 🥰 😎
Available through Amazon. https://amzn.to/35QK4GB
Nicholas Morine's Cavern: City in the Dark is a tale of desperate souls with salvaged tech struggling to cope in the bowels of a ruined Earth.
Problematic Press is quite pleased to have published this author's second novel. His first novel, Punish the Wicked, was published by Montag Press. 📚 📖 ☕ 🥰 😎
Available through Amazon. https://amzn.to/2Rb0lSS
Event announcement: TIFA is proud to present the 2020 #RBCTaylorPrize Finalists in Conversation on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30pm at Harbourfront Centre. The esteemed authors, representing #CanLit ’s leading works of literary non-fiction from 2019, will take part in a roundtable discussion, moderated by @deborahdundas (Books Editor, @thetorontostar), followed by an audience Q&A. The event is free to attend, however, pre-registration is encouraged at FestivalofAuthors.ca
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Our general submissions portal is now open for our Spring/Summer 2020 Issue!!! Please see the link in our bio for more details! #literarymagazine#canlit#nowopen
Congratulations to Bardia Sinaee, Benjamin J. Brezner, Conyer Clayton, & Jim Johnstone, whose entries to our 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Contest have been shortlisted ✨ Thank you to every poet who shared their work with us, and to Jen Currin for the time & care put into judging this contest!
In 2000, Margaret Atwood won her first Booker Prize for her novel The Blind Assassin.
With the win, Atwood became the second Canadian to win the Booker Prize after Michael Ondaatje won it in 1992 for The English Patient.
Atwood told CBC about the importance of making her own choices despite criticism.
Click the link in our story for our Margaret Atwood career retrospective: Atwood at 80.
I’m nearly finished all the festival books that I think I’ll get through before the #ImaginAIRium2019 by @wordfest. I’ll finish Indigenous Relations this weekend, I expect, and then I’ve just got Anosh Irani’s book to go (and Audrée Wilhelmy’s when my French is a bit better). I’m so looking forward to meeting these authors and listening to their conversations over the next couple weeks. It’s bound to be fascinating.
Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees
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Ian Williams is the winner of the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Reproduction.
The Brampton, Ont.-raised, Vancouver-based Williams is also a poet. He was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection Personals.
Reproduction is about Felicia and her teenage son Army. After they move into a basement apartment, they bond with the house's owner and his two children. But strange gifts from Army's wealthy, absent father begin to arrive at their doorstep, inviting new tensions into the makeshift family's lives.
"I think at that intersection, between the families we came from and the families that we form, this novel was born. That's a really energized intersection."
Head to cbcbooks.ca to read more about Ian Williams and his Giller Prize-winning novel, Reproduction.
📸: Kennedy Pollard
I loved this collection. I got it yesterday, left work early and read it in one sitting, only taking a break midway to sob breathe after a gutting mother/child story. Six of the authors are Indigenous Inuit, the other four have roots set in the North West Territories. A really nice addition to this anthology is the glossary and Inuktitut pronunciation guide in the back. A mixture of Survivalist, Cosmic, Speculative and Supernatural horror; all centered within the Arctic, a landscape that is as beautiful as it is merciless. I'd be very happy if @inhabit_media pursued a second volume. .
Art Direction: Danny Christopher .