Month: September 2013

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The Grant Application Season: Supplication to a Minor Deity

by Spencer Gordon

Last spring, the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) held a development workshop for its members. While primarily an organization serving freelancing or full-time copywriters, technical writers and journalists, any writer is eligible for a low-cost membership as long as they have published at least one paid non-fiction piece.

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Traversing Canada’s Literary Terrain

by Tracy Kyncl

If someone asked me why I like literature so much, I would tell them that I was lucky enough to have had high school instructors who taught the subject well. There’s nothing like a butchering of Catcher in the Rye to turn a student off books forever. For me, that wasn’t the case.

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Annus Mirabilis : Life After Winning the Thomas Morton Prize in 2012

by Mark Sampson

I knew there was something bizarre about that email from The Puritan the instant I received it. I mean really bizarre. First of all, it wasn’t a mass communiqué, like so many I receive weekly from various writerly organizations around the country. It wasn’t a Facebook notification inviting me to a book launch.

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Bob Dylan, Dionne Brand, Louise Carson and the Written-Sung Word

by E. Martin Nolan

We’ve been looking into the tricky role poetry plays when incorporated into music. So far, I don’t think we’ve adequately defined that role. That is appropriate, because what little investigation we have done has suggested that poetry’s role in music should be studied on a case by case basis, and that “tricky” is probably the most important word in any overarching definition of that role.

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The Way to Wayzgoose: Navigating Toronto’s Literary Epicentre

by Madeline Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 5 saw a large segment of Toronto’s literary scene gathered under one roof, or rather, under one roof and in the back parking lot for a staple event in Toronto’s Fall schedule.

Despite sounding like a new and exciting addition to the duck family, a Wayzgoose is actually (as stated on Coach House Books’ website) a party “historically given by a master printer to his workmen at the summer’s end,

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Chris Graham on Amazing New Stuff!

by Jess Taylor

“I want to invest exactly the amount of time that I have fun,” Chris Graham told me about Amazing New Stuff in Northwood Café on Bloor Street West. Amazing New Stuff began in October 2012 when Graham was still relatively new to Toronto. “I wrote this thing [on the National Congress of the KKK] and wanted to advertise it and to get people to buy it or even just read it.

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Back to School in Toronto

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity agent Tracy Kyncl goes to Massey College to celebrate with Robert McGill.  

On September 11th 2013, Robert McGill launched his latest novel, Once We Had a Country, at Massey College on the U of T campus. The novel,

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Lyrics Inside a Cage of Sound: Sir John Betjeman on Daft Punk

by E. Martin Nolan

The fourth in a series on music lyrics. Read Jessica Bebenek’s entry here, Peter Norman’s here, and Kevin Hardcastle’s here.

Now that I mention it, is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” stuck in your head? And when you engage that funky fairy in your mind’s ear,

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Stand-Out Poets Bring the Noise in TO

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl explores the wonders of sound in the Toronto literary scene.

On a humid, sticky Tuesday night with a thunderstorm on the horizon, I made my way to the Black Swan Tavern, the new location for Toronto’s longest-running weekly poetry series Art Bar, only to find out that the venue had been double-booked!